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>>Police ID Suspect In Strip-club Shooting

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the man accused of opening fire at a Portland strip club and wounding three people is identified as 43-year-old Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland [[ YELM-land ]].  Investigators allege that Hjelmeland walked into the club about a half-hour after being denied entry and shot a bouncer and two customers before another bouncer shot him.  Hjelmeland is still in critical condition.  The bouncer who was shot, Brian Rizzo, is also critical and is in a medically-induced coma.  

>>Woman Accused Of Assaulting, Robbing 89-year-old

(Portland, WA)  --  A woman who's accused of assaulting and robbing an 89-year-old in Southeast Portland is in custody.  Police say 33-year-old Tiffany Smith is alleged to have attacked the woman on January 7th in front of the victim's home.  The victim, who was pushed to the ground in the attack, suffered a black eye and had her purse stolen and her glasses broken.  Police say Smith is also suspected in the robbery of a 90-year-old woman at a home on Southeast Henderson Street last month.

>>WA Governor Seeking Additional $200 Million For Schools

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington lawmakers are being urged by Governor Jay Inslee to pass legislation that would add 200-million dollars to public-school funding.  Part of that would go for a cost-of-living raise for teachers.  The governor made the call in light of last week's assertion by the State Supreme Court that the Legislature isn't moving fast enough to fully fund K-through-12 education.  Inslee says he'll propose ending tax breaks in order to generate more revenue, but he isn't saying yet which tax breaks he has in mind.

>>TriMet Ridership Sees Decrease

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials say ridership saw a decrease last fall.  The transit agency's buses and trains had three-point-two percent fewer riders between September 1st and November 30th than during the same period in 2012.  The "Oregonian" quotes officials as saying bus ridership fell by three-point-six percent and train ridership decreased by two-point-six percent during the fall.  The numbers were recorded about a year after TriMet made sizable cuts in services and raised fares.

>>WA Bill Would Ban Smoking In Vehicles With Kids Inside

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington could become the next state to ban smoking in motor vehicles that are carrying kids.  A bill has been submitted for consideration in the House, aiming to make it illegal to smoke a cigar, cigarette, or pipe if someone under age 18 is inside the vehicle.  Representative Steve Bergquist of Renton says his measure is designed to protect kids from the toxic chemicals present when smoking takes place inside a car.  The bill is awaiting action in the House Transportation Committee.

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