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Bill looks to banish race-based police calls

Bill looks to banish race-based police calls

SALEM, Oregon — Calling police for assistance solely based on a person’s race could lead to a lawsuit under a bill that’s awaiting a signature from Gov. Kate Brown. State Sen. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) — who is black — said it can be terrifying for him sometimes when he’s stopped by police. “When a police…

Legislature closing the curtain on Standard Time

Legislature closing the curtain on Standard Time

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon is becoming the third West Coast state to make a major push toward ending the twice-yearly time change known as Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time. Under a bill that passed the Legislature, the state would stay on Daylight Savings Time permanently — the same decision made by the Washington Legislature…

Oregon Senate votes to ban coyote killing competitions

Oregon Senate votes to ban coyote killing competitions

SALEM, Oregon — Coyote killing competitions would be banned under a bill that advanced in the Oregon Legislature. State Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) said the bill doesn’t ban killing of coyotes, but it bans competitions to kill coyotes. “In which prizes are given to those that can produce the greatest number of dead animals,” Dembrow…

WA Supreme Court upholds ruling against Richland florist

WA Supreme Court upholds ruling against Richland florist

News Release from Washington State Office of the Attorney General OLYMPIA, Washington — The Washington State Supreme Court today upheld its previous decision in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit against a Richland florist. The court again found that Arlene’s Flowers violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) by refusing to serve a same-sex…

Deposit at the depot? MAX workers find cash on train

Deposit at the depot? MAX workers find cash on train

BEAVERTON, Oregon — A group of Portland Metro Area Express (MAX) maintenance workers stumbled upon a large amount of cash on board a light-rail train early Wednesday morning and so far nobody has claimed the money. The workers were doing some routine overnight maintenance on the light-rail when one of the workers lifted up a seat…

Revised Wolf Plan vote is Friday

Revised Wolf Plan vote is Friday

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is holding a two-day meeting which is open to the public Thursday and Friday. On the second day, the commission is scheduled to take public comments and vote on proposed revisions to the Oregon Wolf Plan. The meeting will be at Oregon Department of Fish and…

Oregon Legislature endorses move to national popular vote

Oregon Legislature endorses move to national popular vote

SALEM, Oregon — A bill passed by the Oregon Legislature would make all of the state’s Electoral College votes follow the national public vote in presidential elections. State Representative Tiffany Mitchell (D-Astoria) said the Electoral College wouldn’t go away. “Prefers the Electoral College’s structure and institutional value and avoids the state-by-state winner-take-all methodology of awarding…

Legislature snuffs out marijuana records

Legislature snuffs out marijuana records

SALEM, Oregon — Oregonians convicted of marijuana crimes that no longer exist — because recreational marijuana is now legal in the state — can get their convictions removed from their records under a bill that cleared the Legislature. The convictions the bill refers to include crimes where people were in possession of less than one…

OSP investigating three vehicle fatal crash in Malheur County

OSP investigating three vehicle fatal crash in Malheur County

News Release from Oregon State Police NEAR VALE, Oregon — On Monday, at approximately 2:50 P.M. (Mountain Time) Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Hwy 20 milepost 244 near Vale. Preliminary investigation reveals that a Nissan Rogue, operated by Timothy Eviston, 57, of Winnsboro, SC, was eastbound when he…

Oregon’s ‘revenge porn’ law extending further

Oregon’s ‘revenge porn’ law extending further

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Legislature is updating the state’s law regarding what’s called “revenge porn.” Revenge porn is typically known as sexually intimate photos of someone posted on the Internet without their permission in order to humiliate, shame or extort the individual, and it’s usually done so by a former sexual partner. The state has…