Maggie Vespa, KGW News

Maggie Vespa

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Maggie:

Oregon Poison Center issues public warning about fentanyl, counterfeit opioid pills

The warning comes days after two Portland teenagers died of suspected fentanyl overdoses from counterfeit pills. → Read More

Oregon gas prices fourth-highest in the US

In Oregon, the average price for a regular gallon of gasoline hit $4.66, breaking a record for the second day in a row. → Read More

Portland coffee shop owner finds 'purpose in a cup,' years after leaving prison

“My mission statement is ‘Purpose in a cup,’” said 38-year-old Shalimar Williams, sitting in her brand new business along Northeast Alberta Street. → Read More

Brother of convicted MAX train murderer Jeremy Christian suspected in fatal shooting

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office has yet to charge David Christian in Moore’s death, which Portland police labeled a homicide. → Read More

Report: After years of steady growth, Portland at an urgent 'economic crossroads'

The Portland Business Alliance released its 2022 State of the Economy report this week. → Read More

Secretary of State to audit Oregon's rent assistance program

Secretary Shemia Fagan released a list of planned audits, including an in-depth analysis of the agency responsible for doling out emergency rent assistance. → Read More

Portland leaders announce progress on affordable housing, shift in Safe Rest Village plans

In series of recent announcements, city officials highlighted both points of progress and sources of stagnation in addressing the mounting housing crisis. → Read More

Months after deadly heat wave, Oregon lawmakers weigh access to air conditioning

During the short session in Salem, state lawmakers are taking up a pair of bills aimed at guaranteeing access to air conditioning. → Read More

Multnomah County begins postponed Point in Time homeless count

The count will continue until Feb. 1, with volunteers asking people living on the streets, in shelters and transitional housing where they slept on Jan. 26. → Read More

Six months after Oregon's deadly heat wave, agencies study what went wrong

Six months after a record-setting heat wave that killed about 100 Oregonians, a local advocacy group is pressing the state for information to learn what went wrong. → Read More

126 people died homeless in Multnomah County last year

The county partners with Street Roots to track homeless deaths annually. In 2020, 126 people died in Multnomah County while homeless, the most since tracking began. → Read More

Costs, private ownership create barriers to using empty retail spaces as homeless shelters

The abandoned Kmart in Northeast Portland in particular has drawn attention as a potential shelter location, but local leaders say it's not that simple. → Read More

Safe Rest Villages pushed back to 2022

Portland originally hoped to open six planned Safe Rest Village sites for homeless residents by the end of the year, but the timeline has been pushed back. → Read More

Months after woman died outside in Portland heat wave, family wants answers

KGW has confirmed that Ashlyn Maddox's death triggered investigations into the ride service that dropped her off and the adult care home where she lived. → Read More

'Such a state of paranoia': Portland's meth crisis apparent on city's streets, former addicts say

Three men, once addicted to meth and now sober and employed by Central City Concern, want to spread the word about dangerous side effects of drug use. → Read More

Vancouver aims to open 'supportive campsite' for homeless campers by end of 2021

The city originally planned to open three, but has struggled to find available land. Portland and Salem have had similar issues trying to open homeless villages. → Read More

Portland’s homeless crisis worsens along Marine Drive, land ownership muddles response

KGW met up with two 'The Story' viewers to see what's happening in Northeast Portland. → Read More

'I still didn't believe it until I got the keys': Funds from 2018 Metro housing bond boost affordable housing

Seven affordable housing complexes are currently under construction across Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. People are already moving in. → Read More

'We failed to communicate': Salem city council moves forward with homeless village plans despite backlash

Faced with mounting neighborhood backlash and newly discovered flooding concerns, the city council Monday opted not to reconsider the site, approved last month. → Read More

Portland Street Response should expand citywide, PSU researchers tell City Council

Researchers with Portland State University Tuesday gave a formal, data-driven recommendation that the "police alternative" program be expanded citywide. → Read More