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Feds Tell States: Build Columbia River Crossing or Return Our $178.5 Million

Washington Republicans Call the Letter a Scare Tactic


If Oregon and Washington don't break ground on the Columbia River Crossing by spring 2014, the federal government may ask for its $178.5 million back.
The news was delivered in a letter (PDF) to Matt Garrett and Lynn Peterson—directors of Oregon and Washington's departments of transportation, respectively—on April 19 ...   More
Friday, May 17, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

State Representative Says Charlie Hales' Fight Against His Bill is "Laughable"


State Rep. Greg Matthews (D-Gresham) says that Mayor Charlie Hales' fight against his pro-union bill is "laughable."As WW reported this week, the city is lobbying senators to stop    More
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing Mitigation Deal Far Away, Two Manufacturers Say


Columbia River Crossing supporters yesterday trumpeted the news that the project was close to striking a  deal with Oregon Iron Works to mitigate the harm 116-foot-tall Interstate 5 bridges will do to its business.

But the other two major manufacturers affected by the project say they're nowhere near a deal and are worried the slow pace CRC negotiators are moving at may prevent them f...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police Traffic Stop Goes Fowl


Mayor Charlie Hales has made it no secret he wants to cut spending at the Portland Police Bureau –including by cutting $60,000 out of the communications office's budget.We'd like to think the bureau's rash of entertaining YouTube videos is their way of fighting back.First, we had the PPB taking an official stance against the    More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Counting Cards

A state audit says the Department of Human Services isn’t tracking food-stamp fraud.

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In the wrong hands, food stamps can buy a lot more than milk and bread.  State officials say they know there’s a black market for Oregon Trail cards, the electronic debit-style cards used   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Junction City Mental Hospital Foes Start Petition to Stop It

Legislature looks set to give the 174-bed facility $80 million


The Oregon Legislature appears poised to give a planned mental hospital in Junction City $80 million, despite the fact that mental health advocates loathe the idea.

As WW reported in January, mental health experts say building the 174-bed Junction City hospita...   More
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland, We Shrunk the Cops

Portland is hiring two police psychologists


As much as Portland's police say they're now the de facto psychological workers for the mentally ill on the city's streets, they need mental help too.The city is hiring contracted psychologist positions, one to conduct pre-hiring tests and another to test    More
Monday, May 13, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, Closed for Budget Cuts, Reopens as Group Home


The YWCA Yolanda House—closed as an emergency shelter for women fleeing domestic violence in February—has a new mission.WW wrote about Yolanda House’s struggles in a Feb. 6 cover package about violence against women. Women could go to Yolanda House in emergency cases, and stay in the secure facility ...   More
Friday, May 10, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police Sued for Half Million in Rear-End Collision

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A Portland man has filed a $566,700 lawsuit against the city of Portland and Portland Police Officer Robert Searle for a rear-end collision last year.Steven Wade says that he was driving on Southeast Fuller Road on Feb. 23, 2012, when he stopped for a pedestrian pushing a baby stroller. Searle, the suit says, failed to stop and rear-ended Wade.The suit, filed May 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Cour...   More
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inslee to Washington Senate: No Audit on the CRC


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is rejecting a request for an independent audit on the Columbia River Crossing.In a two-page letter, sent April 12, Washington's Republican Majority requested that Inslee s...   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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