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Past articles by Peter:

State budget patch will shore up legal defense for now

Now that lawmakers have approved what is essentially a $13 million patch, Oregon leaders have several more months to chart a new course for how indigent criminal defendants get legal representation in court. → Read More

Court decision may doom campaign finance vote this year

A decision by the Oregon Supreme Court may doom the chances of campaign finance limits reaching voters in the 2022 general election. → Read More

Short takes from the Oregon 2022 legislative session

A few short takes on items that Oregon lawmakers acted on (or not) during their 32-day session that closed Friday, March 4. → Read More

Portland restaurateur: Federal aid ‘has been a lifeline’

Ricky Gomez was one of the 960 Oregon restaurateurs who benefited last year from federal grants spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer — and Gomez supports the Democrat’s push for more money this year. → Read More

New twist in ‘Sweetcakes by Melissa’ case thanks to appeals court

The Oregon Court of Appeals has added a twist in its latest decision in the long-running case of a Gresham baker’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple back in 2013. → Read More

Brown seeks $120M for relocation of Tubman Middle School

Gov. Kate Brown says she will seek $120 million for the relocation of Harriet Tubman Middle School in connection with the larger Rose Quarter improvement project on Interstate 5 in Portland. → Read More

Oregon Capitol to start bag searches, use of metal detectors

Oregon will join 33 other states in requiring visitors, elected officials and staff to pass through metal detectors and submit to bag checks when they enter the Capitol. → Read More

State housing director says she welcomes audit of rental aid

The director of the state housing agency says she would welcome a full audit of how money was spent on federal and state emergency rental assistance programs — but only after tenants submit their applications and landlords receive their money. → Read More

Bonamici forum focuses on apprenticeship expansion bill

As the executive director of Oregon Tradeswomen, Kelly Kupcak wants to see other women — and people of color — have the same opportunities for apprenticeships that helped her raise two sons as a union heavy equipment operator. → Read More

Lawrence Spence is named to Oregon Senate vacancy

Commissioners from Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties voted Monday, Nov. 29, for Lawrence Spence to succeed Democrat Ginny Burdick of Portland, who resigned Nov. 1 after 25 years to accept an appointment as one of Oregon's two members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. → Read More

Panel upholds legislators’ plan to create six U.S. House seats

A special panel of five retired judges has upheld the congressional redistricting plan pushed through by the Oregon Legislature’s Democratic majorities and dismissed a Republican-led challenge to it. → Read More

Oregon OKs $66M for transfer of 82nd Avenue to Portland control

The long-awaited transfer of 82nd Avenue from a state highway to a Portland city street is one step away from completion. → Read More

Senators: Ending filibuster is only way to advance voting rights

Oregon's Democratic senators say that voting rights legislation can advance in the U.S. Senate only if there is an end to the filibuster, which allows a minority to thwart action. → Read More

2020 Census: Portland metro area growth outpaces Oregon

The three Portland metro counties outpaced Oregon as a whole in population growth during the past decade, and their share of Oregon's population also inched up. → Read More

Fire near Warm Springs Casino prompts evacuations

Another wildfire began Thursday near the Warm Springs Casino, prompting Level 3 "Go Now" evacuations at the Mecca Flats Campground. → Read More

PPB officer shoots man in in Lloyd District

A Portland police officer was involved in a shooting in the Lloyd District, and one man was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, PPB said in a release. → Read More

Election-day postmarked ballots will count in Oregon

Oregon, the first state to conduct all elections by mail, would join the ranks of states accepting ballots postmarked by election day under a bill that is headed to Gov. Kate Brown. → Read More

Live Blog: This weekend’s extreme heat prompting cancellations

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With weather models pointing to triple-digit temperatures starting Saturday through Monday, many places are starting to cancel or update operating hours. Below is a running list of cancellations or adjusted operating hours amid the expected heatwave hitting the region this weekend, and check back for the latest updates: 5 p.m. – […] → Read More

High school graduations ‘bit sweeter’ in 2021

A year ago, high school seniors were deprived of a traditional graduation during the pandemic lockdown. But things are different this year. → Read More

Fred Meyer hiring to fill 2000 jobs

Fred Meyer's parent company, Kroger, said these positions will offer competitive wages, health care and retirement options, along with the possibility for tuition reimbursement. → Read More