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Eight people received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning in a gas explosion in Northwest Portland. The explosion caused a 4-alarm fire that destroyed one building and damaged several others in the surrounding blocks.


A federal judge has denied a request for a mistrial from Ammon Bundy’s attorney in the refuge occupation trial. Marcus Mumford said the answers of two prosecution witnesses weren’t what he described as quote-- “responsive”.

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The Portland City council voted 3-2 today to set aside an industrial site in North Portland for a massive new homeless shelter.

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Residents of Mosier, Oregon were told Sunday night they can return to their homes.

An oil train that derailed and caught fire forced more than 100 to evacuate last week. Just over 400 people live in the sleepy town surrounded by cherry orchards and basalt cliffs.


The Federal Government outlined its case Wednesday against the group led by Ammon Bundy.

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Mayors from five West Coast cities announced a new alliance Thursday. The leaders of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Eugene say they will collaborate on issues including climate change and reducing homelessness.

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Weyerhaeuser announced a merger today that will nearly double the amount of timberland it owns.

The company, based in Washington, was already the largest timber owner in the United Sates.

The Douglas county sheriff Saturday confirmed that the shooter at Umpqua Community College was a student at the school.

Four hundred guests at the Ka-Nee-Tah resort on the Warm Springs Reservation have evacuated due to an advancing wildfire.

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Law enforcement and firefighters have begun removing demonstrators who spent two straight days dangling from a bridge or paddling kayaks to blockade a Shell Oil icebreaker bound for the Arctic.

Oregon Public Broadcasting News reporter Amelia Templeton described the scene Thursday afternoon around the Willamette River's St. Johns Bridge — which is downriver from where the icebreaker Fennica was docked.

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The Oregon Senate has approved a bill doubling the amount of time rape victims will have to press charges. It now goes to Governor Kate Brown for her signature.

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This week, Oregon voters chose to legalize marijuana and to direct the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to draw up rules to tax pot and to keep it out of the hands of people under 21. Now regulators in Oregon have to figure out how to take the pot economy that’s been operating under their noses and turn it into a regulated market.

Friends, admirers, and dignitaries from across Oregon gathered at the capitol Wednesday to remember Vic Atiyeh. The former governor was elected in 1979 and held the office for 8 years. He died in July at age 91. Amelia Templeton reports.
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Five Oregon counties now say they will no longer hold people in jail in response to requests from the federal immigration agency. That’s after a federal district court judge found those detentions violate the constitution.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says a helicopter pilot allowed herbicides to fall onto homes in a rural community in southern Oregon.

That’s one of the conclusions of a nearly six-month investigation the department made public Tuesday. 

Women farmers met this weekend in Vancouver, WA, Idaho Falls, ID and Corvallis, OR to share strategies for managing their land. Amelia Templeton reports Washington State University organized a video conference in a dozen cities across the Northwest to help women farmers connect.

According to the latest census data, women make up about 20 percent of farm operators in Oregon and Washington and just 12 percent in Idaho. Their numbers have fallen since the 2007 census.

Lorrie Conway grew up on a farm. Now she runs a small goat dairy in Camas, WA.

What do Idaho potato farmers and Puget Sound tribes that rely on shellfish have in common? They’re people in the Northwest who will be impacted by climate change, according to a new report led by Oregon State University and the University of Washington. / Flickr

Oregon’s special election concludes next week, and in Curry County on the south coast, voters will decide on a tax increase. The county is facing a $2 million budget shortfall, and it could be the first place Governor Kitzhaber declares a public safety fiscal emergency.

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

The US fish and Wildlife Service has proposed naming the Oregon Spotted Frog a threatened species.

Imagine spending half your monthly income on an electricity bill. That’s a reality for people in the Northwest who live in aging mobile homes. Drafty units built in the 1970s waste energy and can contribute to health problems.

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A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says today it will test removing barred owls to help the threatened spotted owl. The agency has proposed shooting barred owls in four study areas.

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More than a million visitors have ridden the chair lifts at the famous Whistler resort in British Columbia. That figure doesn’t count skiers or snowboarders- it’s just the number of mountain bikers there. The brisk business at Whistler has inspired ski areas from Stevens Pass in Washington to Mount Bachelor in Oregon to build their own summer bike parks. But Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports, some environmental groups say mountain biking isn’t an appropriate activity in alpine meadows.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden had bad news today for farmers, fishermen and tribes who signed on to a water rights settlement in the Klamath Basin in 2010. The senator told the groups their plan for resolving the water crisis is too expensive.

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The European Union and Korea have said they will test U.S. shipments of wheat for genetic modification. That’s after last week's report that an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto was found on an Oregon farm.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made her first public stop in the Northwest in Portland today, six weeks into the job. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that local activists wanted to know how she will handle coal leases on federal land.

Voters in two Southwest Oregon counties have defeated short-term property tax increases that would have raised revenue for public safety. Amelia Templeton reports.

A plan to build 17 miles of mountain bike trails on the slopes surrounding Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood has hit a snag. Environmental groups filed a lawsuit today [Thursday] saying the plan would harm alpine meadows. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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The Interior Department today recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River by the year 2020. The dam removal is proposed as part of a settlement to end the water wars in Southern Oregon and Northern California.