Chris McGinness, KGW News

Chris McGinness

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

The Hand Up Project, a Portland nonprofit that helps the LGBTQ community with food assistance, seeks support

The Hand Up Project focuses on the LGBTQ community, whose need of food assistance is double that of other groups. → Read More

In the race to store renewable energy, a Washington lab is inching closer

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a pioneer in renewable energy storage research. A new aluminum salt battery shows promise to be scaled up by industry. → Read More

Portland applies for federal grant to ease freight train crossing delays in southeast

Freight trains are getting longer, and Southeast Portland drivers often have no escape options when a crossing is blocked. PBOT hopes federal grant money can help. → Read More

Portland sportswear company makes sustainable clothing

Showers Pass produces high-quality sportswear from recycled materials. → Read More

Triple-A's mobile charging service helps stranded electric vehicle drivers

Run out of charge on the road? Triple-A can help, and the process is going greener quickly. → Read More

Oregon State chemist hopes to revolutionize how we make batteries

Oregon State University was the recipient of a $3 million grant for anion battery research. The raw materials to make anion batteries are more sustainable. → Read More

Many American drivers fail to properly use turn signals, study shows

One of the only comprehensive studies conducted on turn signal usage found that most American drivers don't use their blinkers. → Read More

TriMet warns of MAX service disruption in Hillsboro Nov. 12-19

Blue Line service will be interrupted for eight days as the Better Red project goes into high gear in Hillsboro. Riders will use shuttles between six MAX stations. → Read More

Ridwell adds campaign yard signs to growing list of recyclables

The subscription-based recycling service, which started in Seattle in 2018, now operates in six states with 75,000 customers, including 20,000 in the Portland area. → Read More

Earn a CDL in 4 weeks, for free, at Chemeketa Community College in Salem

A state grant is paying for at least 30 students to pass the Chemeketa's CDL program, with the promise of a family wage job immediately upon completion. → Read More

Native salmon population on the rise in Sandy River Basin

The native salmon population has more than tripled in the Sandy Basin, thanks to a decade of restoration by The Freshwater Trust. → Read More

Oregon wants to boost number of electric vehicles on roads

Both the state and the federal government have a number of cost-saving programs to try to entice people to go electric. → Read More

How to make sure wildfire smoke stays outside

Building scientists who studied air quality in Portland during the 2020 wildfires offer tips to help keep indoor air clean and safe when faced with smoke outside. → Read More

Scientists engineer a greener air conditioner for warming Northwest summers

A Washington lab has engineered a technology called "sorbent cooling" that removes the biggest energy hog from central air conditioners: the compressor. → Read More

How to get paid to plant and care for your trees while helping the environment

Cascadia Carbon connects the trees in people's yards to the lucrative carbon offset market while fighting climate change. → Read More

ODOT activates bilingual rapid flash pedestrian beacon in Cornelius

About 50 beacons are in use across the region. The new beacon on TV-Highway is one of the first to address pedestrians in both English and Spanish. → Read More

Atmospheric river will bring more heavy rain to Portland

Despite drier skies in the past few days, and incoming atmospheric river means this year's festival will likely be bookended by rain on both weekends. → Read More

Here's how the Rose Festival's Starlight Run and parade will impact traffic

The run starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the parade around 7:30. Drivers in downtown Portland can expect some road and ramp closures. → Read More

ODOT expands electric vehicle charging statewide

Oregon wants 90% of new vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles by 2035. An increase in electric vehicle charging stations is coming to seven corridors statewide. → Read More

Many Oregon drivers with expired tags

A viewer wrote online claiming many Oregonians are driving with expired tags. → Read More