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Baby Elephant
5:03 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Oregon Zoo Says Baby Elephant Will Stay

The Oregon zoo's new baby elephant.
Credit Oregon Zoo website

Oregon Zoo director Kim Smith says there are no immediate plans to move a newborn elephant calf away from the herd. But zoo officials also confirmed a Seattle Times report that the zoo does not own the animal.

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Ore. Ballot Tampering
6:02 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Accused Elections Worker Says She Doesn't Remember

A Clackamas County woman indicted on felony charges of ballot tampering spoke out Thursday, saying she had no agenda to try to influence election results, and that she does not remember the moments when the alleged violations occurred.

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Portland Mayor Race
7:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hales Wins Landslide In Portland Mayoral Race

Photo of City Hall in Portland, Oregon.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Voters have chosen Charlie Hales as Portland's next Mayor. Unofficial results show Hales coasting to a 62 percent lead over Jefferson Smith, with a significant write-in vote at nearly 8 percent.

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Portland Fluoridation
6:19 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Portland Moves Forward On Fluoridation

Portland City Council has unanimously approved fluoridating the city's water system. April Baer of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports, a challenge to the plan has already been set in motion. 

About a dozen signs dotted the room, with opposition slogans like "Public water, public vote." Several hecklers were thrown out.

Council members including Amanda Fritz said they felt some concerns raised by opponents were valid. 

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Obama Oregon Fundraiser
5:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Obama Holds Campaign Fundraiser In Oregon

President Barack Obama
Photo courtesy U.S. White House

President Barack Obama returned to Oregon yesterday for a brief campaign fundraising swing. When candidate  Obama swept through Oregon in 2008, a huge crowd packed Portland's waterfront for a sunny rally that became one of the memorable images of that year's campaign. But the closed fundraiser at the Oregon Convention Center was different kind of affair. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Oregon Tuition Increases
4:40 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Higher Ed Board Raises Tuition For Most Students At State Schools

Oregon's Board of Higher Education voted Friday to raise tuition for most students at state supported schools. The increases vary from place to place. And for Portland State University, for example, the adjustment means a 1.4 percent reduction in tuition and fees. But for Southern Oregon University, it's a 9.9 percent increase in tuition.

University system staff pointed out that the state has cut funding for higher education by 16 percent for the coming fiscal year.

Board members like Lynda Ciafetti say they saw few options.

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Counting Write Ins
4:27 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Write In Count Continues In Tuesday's Oregon Primary

The hand count continues for the wave of write-in ballots Republicans cast in Oregon's Attorney General and Treasurer's races. The party was not able to find a candidate willing to run in the primary, but suggested voters write in Tom Buchalfor AG and Tom Cox for Treasurer. Nineteen thousand Republican voters ultimately threw their support behind write-ins. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says the counties have twenty days to finish their tallies.

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Portland Mayoral Race
5:05 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Portland Mayoral Race Narrows

Portland voters selected two top candidates for mayor Tuesday. Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will advance to a November run-off.
Photo credit: Stuart Seeger Wikimedia Commons

Results from Portland's Mayoral primary show a veteran city leader and a charismatic state legislator advancing to a November runoff.

Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales took a healthy lead early, finishing with 38 percent of the vote when the counting wrapped for the evening. State Representative Jefferson Smith and entrepreneur Eileen Brady engaged in a standoff, as vote tallies showed Smith consistently ahead by about five percentage points.

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Portland Mayoral Race
6:21 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Hales, Smith Ahead In Portland Mayoral Race

Results from Portland's Mayoral primary show a veteran city leader and a charismatic state legislator advancing to a November runoff. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Curry County Budget
6:08 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Curry County Paves Own Path On Insolvency

GOLD BEACH, Ore. -- Curry County Commissioners have rejected the state's plan to help put the county on a path to fiscal stability. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports the Commissioners say they can't support spending  $75,000 to pay for the committee that would work out a restructuring plan. 

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