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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Tim:

Study shows how legal weed could benefit nation

A new study shows federal legalization of marijuana could raise more than $1 billion for the government by the year 2025. It also shows legal weed nationwide could also add 1 million new jobs by then. → Read More

Robert Frasca, who designed KOIN Tower, dies at 84

A prominent architect who played a huge role in the evolution of Portland passed away at the age of 84. → Read More

Oregon lawmakers urge congress to reauthorize CHIP

Senator Jeff Merkley was joined by representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici and Governor Kate Brown for a rally Friday urging congress to pass a bill that would reauthorize CHIP. They're banding together to say children's healthcare is too important to play political games with. → Read More

Extra street count could provide homelessness insight

Until now, local service agencies have done homeless street counts every other year, which are different from the annual shelter counts. Now, the joint office of homeless services is considering whether to do an extra street count. → Read More

8GB miracle: Man finds precious SD Card at Salem Goodwill

The card contained a gallery of photos and videos, and the first image sunk his heart, resonating with him on a personal level. It was a picture of a baby girl, cleaned up and in mom's arms moments after it was born. → Read More

Bottle deposits expand to 5000 new, different brands

When bottle deposits went from a nickel to a dime, the higher rate only applied to some drinks. But starting January 1, 2018, the bottle bill is expanding to cover just about everything in sealed glass, plastic or metal. → Read More

Watch: Man takes $4,800 in jewelry from SE Portland store

The theft took 3 minutes to complete, happening around 4:20 p.m. on Monday. On the video, you can see the guy walk around the store, peering around corners in a calculated manner. → Read More

42nd Avenue Bridge: A crusty, ‘inadequate’ relic

The 42nd Avenue Bridge itself is a time-worn, rusty and crusty relic. Now 80 years old, it's the only way to cross Lombard Street between 33rd Avenue to the west and 82nd Avenue to the east. → Read More

Derailment survivor: ‘He woke up to hell’

Del DeSart decided to take the train to his home in Astoria from Seattle after watching the Seahawks get demolished on Sunday. He's now in a Seattle-area hospital with a broken back he suffered when Amtrak Train 501 derailed at 7:33 a.m. Monday. → Read More

Visiting locker room robbed during Ft. Vancouver game

The school district spokesperson said the school procedure has always been to lock the doors, but still have players take their valuables with them. Two parents from La Center, Kelley and Susan Norris, said there was no secure place inside the gym to place valuable items. They assumed their stuff would be safe inside the locker room. → Read More

Pothole problem plagues Portland once again

With so many complaints, the Portland Bureau of Transportation elected to respond to as many as they could with short-term fixes. PBOT had a "patch-a-thon" to meet the demand. → Read More

Small business owners say Portland is 'lawless'

About 20 small business owners in the Pearl District got together Tuesday to let City Hall know they're fed up with what they feel is no solution to escalating crime and hostility in their area. → Read More

Stabbing victim blames negative climate on transit

The man accused of stabbing him, Robert Gholston, faces charges of 2nd-degree assault and criminal mischief. Hartley said Gholston followed him off the streetcar after they exchanged words earlier and that's when the fight broke out. → Read More

Efforts pay off to get homeless 'Home for Holidays'

Andrea Bunch and her son walked into their own apartment Wednesday afternoon. They'd been homeless since July, living at a shelter and geting help from the Human Solutions Agency. → Read More

Family gets $2.85M settlement after man dies in jail

Bradley Thomas died in a Lincoln County Jail cell of starvation and dehydration during a 2-week stay. He was suffering from mental illness that his family's attorney says deputies were not trained to deal with. → Read More

Death by detox: Heroin-related jail deaths raise concerns

A string of heroin-related deaths behind bars is raising alarm with advocates. They're worried it'll happen more with the nation's growing heroin crisis. → Read More

Courtroom clash: relatives argue while man faces felonies

While Summer Smith was talking to reporters, Craig Dulay's sister, passing through the lobby of the Multnomah County Courthouse, intervened. → Read More

Officials prepare to support homeless in winter

The new rapid response plan from the Joint Office of Homeless Services and its partners says this year's plan is the product of unprecedented collaboration between state and local agencies. They're promising that no one who needs a warm, safe, dry place during severe weather will ever be turned away. → Read More

Oregon Health Authority misspent $74M of Medicaid funds

The Oregon Health Authority revealed that it misspent more than $74 million of federal Medicaid funds on improper payments over the last 3 years. → Read More

Oil terminal could come down to Greene vs. Orange

Vancouver's commissioner candidates Don Orange and Kris Greene would sway the Port of Vancouver Commission for or against the $210 million oil terminal project. → Read More