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>>Parents, Students Pack Portland School Board Meeting

(Portland, OR)  --  Students who rallied at a Portland School Board meeting say they plan to stand with teachers if they choose to go on strike.  Hundreds of students and parents showed up at last night's School Board meeting in support of the Portland Association of Teachers, who continue to hold contract talks with Portland Public Schools.  Negotiations are set to resume Thursday and may include a state mediator.  Superintendent Carole Smith, who spoke at last night's School Board meeting, says both sides are working hard to forge an agreement.
>>Remains Of Unidentified Woman Killed 23 Years Ago Exhumed

(Longview, WA)  --  The remains of a woman who was killed 23 years ago in a crash in Cowlitz County will be examined in an effort to identify her.  Police say the woman was a passenger in a semi-truck that burst into flames on Interstate 5 near Calama in May 1991.  No identification was found.  The remains, which were exhumed from an unmarked grave at the Longview Memorial Park and Cemetery, will be examined for facial reconstruction in King County, then taken to the University of Northern Texas for DNA extraction and entry into DNA databases in hopes of finding a direct or familial match.

>>Police Say Eight-year-old Accidentally Shot By Father

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say an eight-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen was accidentally shot by his father.  The boy was shot at a residence on Southeast Marine Street around 2:10 Saturday afternoon.  The boy is listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery.  Investigators say the boy's father was putting his shotgun into a safe when he accidentally fired it and wounded the child.

>>Multnomah County GOP Raffling AR-15

(Portland, OR)  --  The Multnomah County GOP is raffling off an AR-15 rifle, calling it a "statement" to those who seek to limit the Second Amendment right of Oregonians to bear arms.  Tickets are being sold for the February 15th drawing, which will be held at the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.  Organizers say the winner of the raffle will have the option to take a handgun instead of the rifle.       

>>WA Legislature Convenes, House Approves 'Dream Act'

(Olympia, WA)  --  The 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature is under way in Olympia, and the Democrat-dominated House came out of the gate quickly in sending a bill to the Senate.  The measure, known as Washington state's version of the Dream Act, would make illegal immigrants eligible to receive state financial aid for college.  The bill was approved by a margin of 71-23.  The same bill was passed by the House last year, but was not brought up for a vote in the Senate because of GOP opposition.

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