(Salem, OR) -- Police say a Salem homeowner was shot after arriving at his house while a burglary was in progress. Officials say the 64-year-old man arrived at his home around 1:25 yesterday afternoon and saw the burglar, then exchanged gunfire with him. The homeowner suffered an injury that wasn't life-threatening. Police say the burglar, described as a 25-to-30-year-old male with a dark complexion, fled the scene on foot and is still at large.
(Portland, OR) -- Today is the second day of the two-day West Coast Mayors Summit, which is being held in Portland. Mayor Charlie Hales is the host, and the guest list includes Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Officials say the goal of the event is to "exchange information and best practices, develop a joint federal agenda, and identify action items on mutual issues." Discussions regarding climate change will be on today's agenda.
(Woodland, WA) -- The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Woodland, Washington are open again. A rock- and mudslide Wednesday prevented northbound passage along the highway. Washington state transportation crews had one northbound lane open by six o'clock yesterday evening, and a second lane was open by 9:15. WSDOT says all lanes should be clear by Sunday night.
(Salem, OR) -- A state of emergency is in effect in 13 Oregon counties, following a declaration by Governor Kate Brown. The declaration was made because of severe weather that's caused power outages, damaged homes and businesses, and washed out a number of roads. The governor says the declaration ensures that state resources, emergency response personnel, and equipment can be activated to respond to communities in need.
(Battle Ground, WA) -- A tornado that ripped through Southwestern Washington is the latest in a series of volatile weather events in the Pacific Northwest. Three-dozen homes and two businesses sustained damage in Battle Ground, in what has been confirmed by the National Weather Service as an EF1 tornado. The twister touched down around 11:15 yesterday morning. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
(Salem, OR) -- The Powerball jackpot is still on the rise. There were no big jackpot winners resulting from last night's drawing, so the grand prize will move up to an estimated 164-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night. The cash option will be more than 99-million.
(Portland, OR) -- Amtrak service between Portland and Vancouver is expected to be restored today. High water over the tracks prompted the service to be suspended earlier this week, and Amtrak Cascades passengers were taken to their destinations by bus. "The Oregonian" reports Coast Starlight trains will continue to be rerouted over Union Pacific tracks before resuming their regular routes north of the Columbia River. Empire Builder trains are being rerouted along Union Pacific tracks south of the Columbia River, and then proceed to Spokane.
(Portland, OR) -- A woman is dead, after a tree fell on her home in Southeast Portland. Police say 60-year-old Roberta Elleson was killed when the tree fell from her neighbor's property and crashed through the bedroom where she was sleeping. The incident happened around 3:40 yesterday morning in the nine-thousand block of Southeast Insley Street. Fire officials say Elleson's husband and brother were able to get out of the house safely.
(Salem, OR) -- A big jackpot is up for grabs in tonight's Powerball drawing. The grand prize is an estimated 145-million-dollars, the largest Powerball jackpot since a ticket sold in Michigan won 310-million September 30th. The cash option for tonight's drawing is 88-million-dollars.
(Portland, OR) -- Flooding on the tracks has prompted Amtrak service to be suspended between Portland and Vancouver. An Amtrak spokeswoman told "The Oregonian" that the BNSF Railway has closed its tracks north of Union Station in Portland until the water recedes. Officials say passengers on Amtrak's Cascades trains are being taken by bus between Portland and Vancouver. Coast Starlight and Empire Builder trains are being rerouted over Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
(Portland, OR) -- Record amounts of rainfall are causing headaches for drivers across northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington. Roads have been washed out, vehicles have been damaged, and businesses and homes have flooded. A flood emergency is in effect in Cowlitz County, Washington and several landslides have been reported north of Kalama [[ kah-LAM-ah ]] River Road. A home was hit by a landslide with the occupant trapped inside, but that person was rescued and taken to a hospital.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials say traffic is slowly getting back to normal on Highway 30 after both lanes were blocked by a landslide yesterday near the St. Johns Bridge. Crews expect to have both directions cleared later today, but all traffic is currently splitting the westbound side of the highway. Engineers will be busy this morning assessing the stability of the slope above the roadway.
(Portland, OR) -- Gas prices are flat from yesterday in metro Portland. Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-33 a gallon, two-cents below the average of a week ago. At this time last year, the Portland-area average for regular was two-92 a gallon.
(Milwaukie, OR) -- Police say rafts had to be used to rescue Milwaukie residents who were stranded by floodwaters. Water levels from yesterday's rainstorms rose so quickly that many people were trapped in their homes. Officials say 50 people were forced to evacuate in the area of Southeast Lake Road and Rusk Road. Fire officials told KGW-TV that the area frequently experiences flooding, but normally not to this extent.
(Portland, OR) -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused a crash that killed a U-Haul driver in Northeast Portland. Police say the driver lost control of the U-Haul and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Northeast Glisan and 91st Avenue around two o'clock yesterday afternoon. The driver's name hasn't been released.
(Undated) -- Financial news-and-opinion website 24/7 Wall Street ranks Washington and Oregon among the nation's best-run states. The rankings, which have the Evergreen State ranked ninth, are based on data that include debt per capita, median household income, poverty rate, and unemployment rate. Oregon ranks 15th in the survey. North Dakota is ranked as the nation's best-run state, while New Mexico ranks at the bottom.
(Portland, OR) -- Wet weather notwithstanding, fans will be able to help the Portland Timbers celebrate their first-ever MLS Cup, with a downtown parade today. The procession is set to begin at noon at Southwest Broadway and Stark Street, travel eight blocks, and end at Southwest Broadway and Madison. A rally is scheduled at six this evening at Providence Park.
(Portland, OR) -- More wet weather is expected this week in metro Portland, which was hit yesterday with flooding caused by heavy rains. Bus and light-rail service were interrupted in some areas, as a number of roads were forced to close. People who live along the Clackamas River in Eagle Creek and Estacada [[ ESS-ta-KAY-dah ]] have been put on notice in case they need to evacuate. The river is expected to crest this evening at 24 feet.
(Salem, OR) -- The jackpot continues to grow in the multi-state Powerball game. None of the tickets sold for the weekend drawing matched all the numbers pulled, so the grand prize for Wednesday night's drawing will roll over to an estimated 145-million dollars. The cash option will be 88-million.
(Oregon City, OR) -- The commercial crab seasons in Oregon and Washington are being delayed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says unusually large areas of warm water have resulted in dangerous levels of toxin found in the crabs. NOAA scientists say the combination of warm water and low nutrient levels triggered a massive algae bloom. Oceanographer Dr. Bill Peterson told KATU-TV he hopes the crab seasons can get going before Christmas, as the ocean is cooling and the area containing the toxin has dissipated.
(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver police are investigating the death of a man who was found lying in a roadway. The body was found early yesterday morning in the six-hundred block of North Blandford Drive. Police say the man may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. His name hasn't been released, and there's no word on a suspect vehicle.
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