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Oregon GED says 'jump,' but teachers, testers say 'too high'

Oregon GED says 'jump,' but teachers, testers say 'too high'

Number of GED grads has fallen after rollout of new test High school dropout Mark Payne has a...

End of line for Amtrak subsidies?

End of line for Amtrak subsidies?

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Whose park is it anyway?

Whose park is it anyway?

Portland is famous for a lot of things — food, beer, parks and bikes among them. The city...

Measuring disappointment

Measuring disappointment

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Food cart pods on a roll to Beaverton

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April 17, 2015

Speedy Uber-related City Council vote scheduled

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: Taxi companies oppose plan In an unusual move, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick have scheduled a hearing and vote on a 120-day pilot program for ride sharing companies…
April 17, 2015

Lake Oswego High moves Smarter Balanced testing dates

by Jillian Daley
Change is intended to ease students' stress ahead of upcoming A.P. exams, principal says Lake Oswego High School students were scheduled to take the English/language arts portion of the new…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - LaMarcus Aldridge of the Blazers goes up to defend against Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley in an early-season game at Moda Center.
April 17, 2015

Who will win the Blazers-Grizzlies series and why

by Kerry Eggers
THE ANSWER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU Nearly every national prognosticator is writing off the Trail Blazers' chances to beat the Grizzlies in their first-round playoff series beginning Sunday at…
April 17, 2015

Higher DMV fees in our future? Not likely, commission says

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Some fees for driver’s licenses should be increased so that vehicle title and registration fees do not subsidize the costs of operating the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division, according…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Blazers can send a variety of big men to defend Memphis center Marc Gasol, including Meyers Leonard (right).
April 17, 2015

Healthier Blazers bark about underdog status

by Kerry Eggers
ALDRIDGE: 'WE KNOW WE CAN BEAT (MEMPHIS)' The news was mostly promising for the Trail Blazers as they convened Friday at their Tualatin practice facility, preparing for Sunday's opener of their…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: WESLEY MATTHEWS - When healthy, Wesley Matthews provided the Trail Blazers with lots of 3-point shooting and more, and gave mascot 'Blaze' a target for some good-natured ribbing.
April 17, 2015

Wesley Matthews shooting -- and on target -- for (relatively)…

by Kerry Eggers
On the first day back at the Trail Blazers' Tualatin practice facility since his March 11 Achilles tendon surgery, Wesley Matthews worked his way around the court on a scooter, displaying a…
April 17, 2015

Gun rights advocates support recall of Washington County…

by Pamplin Media Group
A national gun rights group is throwing its support behind recall efforts aimed at three Oregon lawmakers who were targeted in part because of support for a controversial gun sale background…
April 17, 2015

'Fast track' fight heats up as protests loom

by Jim Redden
Battle lines are hardening in the fight over so-called fast-track trade legislation, with a protest planned on Saturday by opponents that include Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, labor…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: HILLARY BORRUD - Gov. Kate Brown told members of the City Club of Portland Friday that she was working to restore confidence in state government and to make higher education more affordable.
April 17, 2015

Brown: state through 'the hardest part'; more challenges ahead

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Gov. Kate Brown says the most difficult days of her transition to the role of governor are behind her, and she is ready to focus on major policy challenges including transportation, affordable…
NCEF - Olivia Thomas
April 17, 2015

North Clackamas Education Foundation announces Olivia Thomas as…

by The Clackamas Review
A resident of Clackamas County for 20 years, Olivia Thomas is excited to continue fulfilling her lifelong passion to help children and communities in her new role as executive director of the…
April 16, 2015

Reynolds High School music teacher's license suspended for texts…

by Teresa Carson
Reynolds High School music teacher Justin Prunk’s teaching license is suspended for one year because of inappropriate text messages with four female students. Prunk, 33, sent more than 1,000…
April 16, 2015

What should Portland do with $30 million?

by Steve Law
City faces torrent of ideas on how to divvy up the surplus cash As Portland’s economy continues humming and city coffers overflow, city officials face a welcome dilemma: how to spend $30 million…
PHOTO CREDIT: HOLLY M. GILL  - .US. Sen. Ron Wyden responds to education concerns from Madras High School teacher Carrie McPeak, at left, during his annual town hall meeting on Feb. 14 at the Madras City Hall.
April 16, 2015

Wyden introduces controversial fast track trade bill

by Jim Redden
Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden cosponsored so-called fast track trade legislation introduced in Congress on Thursday. The legislation was immediately cheered by some in the business community and…
April 16, 2015

Should Oregon 'ban the box?'

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Bill would shield job seekers from queries about criminal history Theresa Sweeney of Portland has raised three children, done volunteer work, and earned a master’s degree — in criminology and…
April 16, 2015

Democrats, Republicans seek to burnish ethics credentials

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican legislative minorities are competing to put their imprints on changes in government ethics and public records laws. It's not just a question of pride of…
April 16, 2015

Sources Say: Settle in for long haul on Kitzhaber, Hayes…

by Jim Redden
How long could the federal influence-peddling investigation into former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, take? Consider the case of George Levey, who was just indicted…
KOIN 6 NEWS - A baby suffered a skull fracture and died at a house in the 1700 block of Ninth Street in Oregon City on April 6.
April 15, 2015

Izaak Gillen, 7 months old, dies after skull fracture at Oregon…

by KOIN 6 News
A 7-month-old died from a skull fracture suffered at a babysitter’s house this week, and investigators have ruled it a homicide. The baby, identified as Izaak Gillen, was taken to Randall…
April 15, 2015

Port container terminal dispute drags

by Joseph Gallivan
Boss Bill Wyatt mentions unmentionable, moves quickly on. The Executive Director of the Port of Portland Bill Wyatt acknowledged the elephant in the room, Wednesday, at the Port’s grand Gateway…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Protestors march down Broadway Ave. during the afternoon lunch hour to advocate for a $15/hour minimum wage.
April 15, 2015

Protesters march in support of minimum wage legislation

by Pamplin Media Group
The national movement for a $15 minimum wage has come to Portland. Building on momentum from Monday's packed minimum wage hearing in Salem and the announcement that 15 Now Oregon will file a…
April 15, 2015

Hales promises to replace police liaison soon

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales is not yet sure when and how he is going to replace the most visible local face of his police reform efforts. Retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul De Muniz surprised…
Oregon's tax burden might not be as bad as we think, according to an analysis by WalletHub, that found Oregon was the 11th best state for taxpayers.
April 15, 2015

Analysis: Oregon's tax burden not so bad

by Pamplin Media Group
It’s Tax Day, and you’ve mailed in your 1040 forms, right? According to WalletHub, Oregon taxpayers are living in the 11th best state for tax burden. A new WalletHub analysis found that Oregon…
April 15, 2015

Holocaust victims' name ring out on Day of Remembrance

by Pamplin Media Group
Thousands of Holocaust victims’ names will be read in Pioneer Courthouse Square Thursday as part of a national Day of Remembrance program, “Unto Every Person There is a Name.” The Oregon Jewish…
COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF OREGON - Michael H. Schill, the new University of Oregon president, said Tuesday he was excited about coming to Oregon and leading the university. He is a University of Chicago dean and law professor.
April 15, 2015

New UO president excited about 'new beginning'

by Pamplin Media Group
University of Chicago dean and law professor Michael H. Schill was named the new University of Oregon president Tuesday by the university’s board of trustees. He officially takes the position as…
April 15, 2015

Stage set for Gain Share debate

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
House panel sends plan to budget committee, which has a competing version from Senate. The political stage is set for a legislative debate about the future of state payments to counties that…
April 15, 2015

Crash kills driver in front of police training complex

by Pamplin Media Group
A 22-year-old man died early Wednesday in a single-car accident in front of the Portland Police Bureau's training complex. The victim's name has not been released. According to the police, at…

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Apr 14, 2015

Experts: High-value pot crop could test state rules on farm…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Legalized marijuana in Oregon may spur more home-building on farmland unless regulators revise existing land-use rules, according to legal experts. Under state rules, to build a dwelling…
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - D'Andre Dickerson
Apr 14, 2015

Man killed in Portland's Woodlawn neighborhood

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: Victim identified as Seattle resident Police are investigating an early Tuesday homicide in Northeast Portland. The victim is identified as D'Andre Dickerson, 24. His last known address…
COURTESY OF THE PHAM FAMILY - These photos show Andrew Pham (left), Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham. Susie and Gary were killed in an April 10 shooting on Southeast Division Street.
Apr 12, 2015

Shooting suspect killed in Texas; victims' families grieve

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: Police say Colby Robinson died outside of Dallas A Dallas, Texas, man sought in connection with the April 10 shootings in Southeast Portland was shot and killed by police Tuesday night…
Apr 14, 2015

Oregon employment basks in mild winter weather

by Pamplin Media Group
A mild winter may have helped push Oregon’s unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent in March, while the state added about 4,300 jobs last month. Oregon Employment Department officials said…
COURTESY PORTLAND OF PORTLAND - Ford is shipping new Mustangs to China through the Port of Portland. Thats just a small percentage of all cars and trucks that move through it.
Apr 14, 2015

Troubled waters at the port? Loss of second shipper at Terminal…

by Jim Redden
Governor calls for state to get involved, but not right away Those responsible for the Port of Portland are not promising any quick fixes for the problems at Terminal 6 — Oregon’s only deep…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN - U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week will introduce bicameral legislation to reconcile state marijuana laws and federal tax. Seen here at a Thursday April 9 press conference with Measure 91 sponsor Anthony Johnson and Portland attorney Amy Margolis.
Apr 14, 2015

Top pols vexed by marijuana taxes

by Joseph Gallivan
Wyden, Blumenauer push to reform tax laws for pot businessess This week, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will introduce bicameral legislation to reconcile state…
TRIBUNE PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Country music superstar Garth Brooks embraced his fans at a show Sunday night at the Moda Center. After the show he and wife Trisha Yearwood paused for some photos with fans.
Apr 14, 2015

Brooks' believers know who's boss

by Rob Cullivan
Country star's opening show one long love fest If Garth Brooks decides to run for president, Hillary Clinton and her Republican rivals would do well to drop out of the race immediately. Because…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Richard Lazar of the Private For-Hire Innovation Task Force testifies in front of the Portland City Council about new rules for ride-sharing companies.
Apr 14, 2015

City not quite ready to hitch a ride with Uber

by Steve Law
Business licenses for Uber drivers still a sticking point Uber promised to play nice with the city of Portland Thursday, agreeing it won’t force its way into the local taxi market again without…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Lines were long at the opening of Portland Mercado on Saturday.
Apr 14, 2015

Portland says hola! to Latino hub, market

by Jennifer Anderson
Public-private Mercado project lays out ambitious goals Joel Sommers has seen a lot of changes since moving into the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood in Southeast Portland eight years ago.…
Apr 14, 2015

Bill would set limits, provide incentives for lower-cost housing

by Peter Wong
Oregon House advances legislation to Senate. Cities and counties could choose to require builders to create below-market housing, in exchange for specified incentives for construction, under a…
COURTESY OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY - The preferred site for the new Multnomah County Courthouse is still at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. A decision will be made this week by the Multnomah County commissioners.
Apr 14, 2015

Courthouse site goes to vote Thursday

by Jennifer Anderson
No fatal flaws found with either site Multnomah County leaders are one step closer to siting a new Central Courthouse. Project leaders delivered several pieces of good news to the Board of…
Apr 14, 2015

Mark & Dave: Fukushima? Real worry is Willamette

by Mark and Dave
Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power disaster has finally hit Northwest shores. But don’t worry, experts say you would have to swim for six hours a day in water with radiation levels…
COURTESY OF DANIEL GOLDMAN/THE OREGON ZOO - The Oregon Zoo's 2015 summer concert series, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital, features 15 shows from June through August. Tickets go on sale April 24.
Apr 13, 2015

Huey brings News, Frampton adds 'talking' guitar to Oregon Zoo…

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: New this year, no outside food or drink The Oregon Zoo’s summer concert series is bringing a stack of rock ’n’ roll legends to its 15 shows this year. Weird Al is going to be there. So…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - More than 100 people lined up to testify Monday about the state's minimum wage and legislation that would increase it. House Speaker Tina Kotek of Portland led off the testimony. The Capitol hearing room was so jammed that some people had to watch the hearing on a monitor in another room.
Apr 13, 2015

Hundreds show up for minimum-wage hearings

by Peter Wong
House speaker leads off 100 who sign up to testify; lawmakers have several bills pending. House Speaker Tina Kotek led off more than 100 witnesses who spoke Monday night for and against a…
Apr 13, 2015

City may require building owners to report energy use

by Jim Redden
The City Council will consider a new policy Wednesday to require the owners of around 1,000 commercial buildings report their energy use to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability every year.…
Apr 12, 2015

Sewage flows in river near Cathedral Park

by Jim Redden
Because of a Saturday sewage release, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River upstream of Cathedral Park through Monday evening. According to the Portland Bureau of…
Apr 12, 2015

Teenage girl fight leads to stabbing

by Jim Redden
A 15-year-old girl is hospitalized in serious but stable condition after being stabbed several times by another 15-year-old girl during a fight at an Washington County elementary school Saturday…
Apr 10, 2015

'Swatting' hoax brings police to SW Garden Home apartment

by Pamplin Media Group
A hoax — sometimes called “swatting” — brought a heavy police presence Friday afternoon to an apartment in the 4100 of Southwest Garden Home Road on reports of a shooting. Portland police said…
Apr 10, 2015

Health care challenges still ahead

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Federal law added to Oregon recipients, workforce; future private, public costs at issue. The national health-care overhaul has dramatically reduced the share of Oregonians without insurance…
Apr 10, 2015

Hales promises to replace police liaison soon

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales is not yet sure when and how he is going to replace the most visible local face of his police reform efforts. Retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul De Muniz surprised…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Portland Thunder defensive back Osagie Odiase picks off a Spokane Shock pass with 20 seconds to go Thursday night, preserving an Arena Football League triumph for the home team at Moda Center.
Apr 09, 2015

An 'all-time' win for Thunder

by Stephen Alexander
Bryce Peila and company come to Portland's defense in 47-43 victory over Spokane Shock The Portland Thunder defense spent the first half of Thursday night’s division rivalry game rolling out the…
ADAM WICKHAM - The Grant View Court apartment complex is in the midst of a turnaround.
Apr 10, 2015

Rockwood apartment managers push out unwanted elements

by Jodi Weinberger
But some renters say evictions go too far; target the wrong people Six months ago, a new manager within Templeton Property Management took over at Grant View Court, an 80-unit apartment complex…
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Apr 14, 2015

PCC Sylvania names new president

by Geoff Pursinger
Lisa Avery to take over college's largest and oldest campus. Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus has a new leader. On Thursday, the school named Lisa Avery as the campus’ new president,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland's former parking manager Ellis McCoy will be sentenced in May in connection with a bribing scandal involving a Florida businessman and contracts for the city's smart parking meters.
Apr 09, 2015

Prosecutors: Florida businessman bribed McCoy with vacations,…

by Pamplin Media Group
Federal prosecutors say Florida businessman George R. Levey plied Portland transportation manager Ellis McCoy with vacations, trips to casinos and thousand of dollars in consulting fees for…
COURTESY: GRETCHEN HOLLANDS - School board candidate Gretchen Hollands works for Portland Public Schools implementing changes to facility and equipment requirements. In the course of her job, she says she has been inside each of the districts 78 schools and five administrative sites and worked with everyone from the custodians to the principals.
Apr 09, 2015

PPS employee makes a run for board seat

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Gretchen Hollands touts work history as project manager Worried about classroom overcrowding? Schools shutting down? Boundary redraws? Bond-funded rebuilds? Talk to the person in Portland Public…