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Oregon man, US citizen, mistakenly approached by ICE agents

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:27:49 GMT

A Forest Grove man says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents mistook him for a man who is not in the country legally. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that ICE agents approached Isidro Andrade-Tafolla and his wife on Monday near a Hillsboro courthouse after a protest against recent ICE arrests outside the courthouse.

Justice requires a tougher standard than 'guilty enough:' Editorial

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:11:39 GMT

In federal courts and in almost every state in the nation, juries find defendants guilty of felony charges only if the entire jury votes to convict. That longstanding tradition of unanimity, incorporated in the 6th Amendment, makes sense in a justice system that demands the government prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Live In Oregon? Equifax Doesn't Have To Tell You If Your Data Was Compromised

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:38:20 GMT

The credit reporting agency Equifax doesn't have to notify the estimated 1.7 million Oregonians who may have been impacted by the company's massive data breach. Under a 2007 state law, companies that experience electronic security breaches don't have to personally inform the victims if the number of people affected exceeds 350,000.

No Fraudulent Ballots Originated in Central Oregon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:21:46 GMT

There was some voter fraud in Oregon during the last election cycle, but Deschutes County Clerk, Nancy Blankenship, says they seem to be people who voted in more than one state, not voters who got past security. "I think Oregon does a really good job in monitoring and has been very proactive in monitoring our data, in monitoring our voter registration, and those moving between states, and we try and be proactive at that."

Central Oregon unemployment rates rise as job seekers enter market

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:58:23 GMT

Unemployment rates rose in Central Oregon in August, as more job seekers entered the labor market, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. "An expanding labor force is very, very good if you're a business right now," said Damon Runberg, Central Oregon regional economist for the employment department.

'Dirty secret' of Oregon jury system could go before U.S. Supreme Court

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:58:22 GMT

The U.S. Supreme Court next week will decide whether to accept a case that could test Oregon's unusual jury system, targeted by criminal justice reform advocates as deeply flawed and racist. For decades, Oregon juries - and those in only one other state, Louisiana - have been permitted to convict most felony defendants with a 10-2 vote.

The Latest: Sessions asks 'sanctuary cities' to reconsider

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:32:45 GMT

A group protests U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, as he arrives in Portland, Ore., to discuss sanctuary city policies with city and regional law enforcement officials.

Portland schools face audit after suing records requesters

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:00:59 GMT

Kim Sordyl poses for a photo at home as her family eats breakfast in the kitchen in Portland, Ore., on Friday, July 7, 2017. In April 2017, the Portland, Ore., school district filed a lawsuit against Sordyl, who is seeking records about employees on leave for alleged misconduct after the disclosure that one psychologist had been off for three years.

Oregon Receives $1 Million Emergency Grant

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:39:10 GMT

To assist Oregon with repairing roadways, freight corridors, and infrastructure damaged by wildfires, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the state $1 million, Rep. Peter DeFazio announced recently. "These funds come at a critical time," DeFazio said, in a statement Sept.

Rains, Cooler Temps Drop OR Fire Danger Level

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:03:45 GMT

Sept. 19--The fire danger level across southwest Oregon has dropped another rung, thanks to some overnight rain and a forecast this week that does a pretty good impression of autumn. Starting Monday, fire restrictions on the 1.8 million acres of land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest District decreased to "moderate."

Portland metro Tuesday weather: Showers and thunderstorms with possible hail

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:36:22 GMT

As showers and some thunderstorms continue to stream onshore from the Oregon Coast and into the valleys, expect a continuation of Monday's wild weather into Tuesday and beyond. Much like yesterday, Tuesday will see quick storms of thunder and lightning as well as small hail and brief heavy downpours.

Bulb season has arrived

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:58:53 GMT

Gardeners have a reputation for being the ultimate optimists. As one season starts to fade, we plant for what is to come.

Thunderstorms, tornado warnings, flash flood watches, rain: Fall blowing into Oregon

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:31:05 GMT

Oregonians breathed a collective sigh of relief as rain washed over the state after a hot, dry summer. But the feeling was short-lived.

Ex-Agency Officials Skip Hearing On Oregon Health Authority Controversy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:31:04 GMT

An Oregon legislative panel came up empty Monday in its efforts to grill three former Oregon Health Authority employees. The committee wanted to ask about their role in a plan to discredit an Oregon health care nonprofit.

Zinke recommendation to cut Cascade-Siskiyou questioned

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:08:17 GMT

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to President Donald Trump recommending downsizing the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has several errors, one of the people who was behind the creation of the monument said Monday. A memo from Zinke to the president justifying his recommendation that the boundaries of the monument, which lies mostly in Oregon and crosses over into California, be "revised" says motor vehicles aren't allowed in it.

Oregon State QB Jake Luton back home after scary injury

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:33:23 GMT

Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton is back with the Beavers after taking a scary hit in their loss to Washington State and being removed from the field on a stretcher. The school tweeted Saturday night that Luton had been released from Pullman Regional Hospital and returned to Corvallis.

The fate of Dulcy's beloved garden: Saved

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:42:25 GMT

Admirers of the late garden columnist Dulcy Mahar can now breathed a sigh of relief. The new owners of Mahar's Southeast Portland residence say they plan to keep her double lot united, restore her century-old house and maintain her famous landscape, including her storied "pouting" shed.