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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.

Leaders with the city of Portland say the $746 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site isn't perfect, but it's good enough to move forward.

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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.

The disclosure of the presence of lead in the drinking water at several public schools in Portland could have statewide implications. But it's not yet clear what the state will do.

Discovery Of A Tick Saves A Dog’s Life

May 26, 2016
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DoveLewis Animal Hospital in Portland was scheduled to euthanize 10-year-old Sheltie Ollie after a week of quickly deteriorating health. But the discovery of a small tick saved the dog’s life.

 

His owners had taken a trip to the Umpqua River, but noticed after their return that Ollie became increasingly lethargic. Soon, he  couldn’t even eat without being hand fed.

 

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Students from Portland high schools and colleges marched Monday to protest a banner hung in Forest Grove, Oregon last week. That banner suggested the United States should “build a wall” along the border with Mexico.

Portland Has The Country's Fastest Growing Home Values

Mar 29, 2016
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Portland’s home values are the fast growing in the country.

According to a report released Tuesday, home values appreciated nearly 12 percent from last January to this January.

More Rain On The Way For Portland-Vancouver Area

Dec 8, 2015
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The Portland-Vancouver metro area saw as much as four inches of rain Monday, and more is on the way.

Greenpeace Protesters Dangle From Portland Bridge

Jul 29, 2015
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Greenpeace activists are hanging from the St John’s Bridge in Portland. They’re attempting to block passage of an Ice Breaker ship chartered by the Shell Oil Company. 

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

Jan 21, 2015
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A Portland start-up is tapping a new source of renewable power inside the city's water pipes. The new system uses the power of gravity in the city's water pipes.

Lucid Energy has installed four small hydroelectric generators in a pipe that carries drinking water to the city. They will produce enough electricity to power 150 homes.

Company CEO Gregg Semler says this kind of hydropower doesn't disrupt fish or natural stream flows the way dams do. And it supplies a continuous source of renewable energy unlike wind and solar.

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Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday for a hearing on a controversial propane export terminal proposed at the Port of Portland.

The Canadian company Pembina plans to transport more than a million gallons of liquid propane by train each day to a terminal on the Columbia River. The fuel would be stored in tanks and piped onto export ships bound for Asia. But the company needs approval from the city of Portland to run a pipeline across an environmental zone.

Tensions Flare In Portland Protests

Nov 26, 2014
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Portland Police arrested seven people Tuesday night, after a peaceful demonstration ended and a smaller group of protesters roamed through the city.

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The Port of Portland has reached an agreement to house a Canadian company’s terminal for exporting propane to Asia. For EarthFix, Tony Schick reports.

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The city of Portland has issued a boil water notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers.

Until further notice, all customers should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice. The water should boil for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded.

Displaced By Development Urban Goat Herd Needs A New Home

Nov 27, 2013
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A herd of goats is getting the boot in Portland. The goats had been living on a lot in the city's southeast neighborhood, where a developer has been using them to keep the grass down. But now an apartment building is about to go up. So the goats will have to get out. That leaves a lot of people wondering how to keep goats in the city.

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International track and field organizers announced today that Portland will host the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Event organizers predict more than two thousand hotel rooms will be booked. 

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New plans for a former paper mill site south of Portland would allow public access to one of the largest waterfalls in the country for the first time in 100 years.

Hundreds of scientists and environmental managers from across the Pacific Northwest are gathering in Portland this week for a two-day conference on climate science.

Portland-based manufacturer Precision Castparts is denouncing a recent study that ranked the company number one in the nation for toxic air pollution.

Portland-Based Manufacturer Tops List Of Toxic Polluters

Aug 23, 2013

The Portland-based manufacturing firm Precision Castparts Corporation is the number one toxic air polluter in the country in a new ranking released by the University of Massachusetts.

Nation's First Tiny House Hotel Opens In Portland

Jul 29, 2013
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The country's first tiny house hotel is holding its grand opening in Portland on Saturday. The Caravan Tiny House Hotel invites guests to stay in one of three tiny homes as if they were hotel rooms. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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.

Fluoride Measure Fails In Portland

May 22, 2013

Unofficial results show Portland's fluoridation measure going down by a resounding 60-to-40 margin. Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Baer reports opponents got the upper hand despite being outspent two-to-one.

Portland Prepares For Fluoride Vote 

May 6, 2013
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This month, voters will decide whether to approve a plan to fluoridate Portland's water. Supporters say Portland children - especially in low-income families - suffer aggravated dental problems because the city has chosen not to add fluoride. Opponents say water fluoridation is the wrong way to address a public health problem. And so a battle that has played out before at the state level is now going on in Portland. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

Portland Employee Faces Terrorism Charge

Mar 6, 2013

Portland city employee Reaz Qadir Khan was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to provide "material support" to terrorists.  As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the US Department of Justice alleges he helped a terrorist plan a deadly suicide attack in Lahore, Pakistan in 2009.

The EPA announced it will redo parts of a study exploring ways to clean-up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. An initial draft prepared by groups that will pay for the cleanup was biased, the agency says. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix explains.

Mall Shooting Victim Expected To Survive

Dec 12, 2012
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Two people, plus the suspected shooter, are dead after police say a gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping mall in suburban Portland Tuesday. An ambulance took one survivor of the attack to OHSU Medical Center in Portland. The young woman is expected to survive. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Police say three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a shopping mall in suburban Portland.

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Police say the threat has been neutralized at Clackamas Town Center, but at least one person is dead. People are now being escorted out of the mall.

Port Strike Averted In Portland

Nov 26, 2012
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Six hours of last-ditch negotiations have yielded a tentative agreement for the Port of Portland and a Longshore union that represents security guards at some marine terminals. This averts a strike that was scheduled to bring work to a halt Sunday.

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