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(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police continue to investigate the shooting death of an intruder by a homeowner.  Authorities say 33-year-old Tara-Alexis Ford returned home early Sunday morning with her two children when she found the intruder, 59-year-old David Daniel McCrary of Gresham, in her daughter's bedroom.  McCrary died of a single gunshot wound.  Investigators will try to determine whether Ford acted in self-defense or if she'll face charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 12-year-old boy is being treated for serious injuries after he was hit by a car in Northeast Portland.  Police say the boy was hit as he ran into the street in the area of Northeast 122nd and Multnomah Street around 12:25 yesterday afternoon.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  The boy is expected to survive.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in Portland is slightly higher.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-51 a gallon, up a half-cent from yesterday.  The national average for regular is two-30 a gallon.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A federal appeals court says the state of Washington must fix culverts that block salmon from reaching their habitat.  The decision was handed down yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the culverts must be cleared of debris that blocks the salmon from passage to spawning grounds.  The decision was a victory for Native American tribes seeking to hold the state to the promise of treaties that give the tribes the right to fish on lands ceded to the federal government.  The cost of fixing the culverts will add up to hundreds of millions, but the state of Washington stands to receive federal funding for many of the repairs.

(Woodburn, OR)  --  Three people are dead and one is critically wounded, following a shooting at a berry farm near Woodburn.  Authorities say the shooting was reported around 11:05 yesterday morning at the farm on Killiam Road Northeast.  The suspected shooter, 29-year-old Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, was later apprehended on Interstate 84 east of Portland.  The victims' names haven't been released.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Bureau Captain Michael Marshman is the city's new chief of police, after Mayor Charlie Hales announced the retirement of Chief Larry O'Dea [[ oh-DAY ]].  O'Dea was placed on administrative leave as he became the subject of investigations into the shooting of his friend on a hunting trip in April.  Hales says he's disappointed by what he calls a "trial by media" and is asking the public to reserve judgment until the Oregon State Police and the State Department of Justice complete their investigations.  Marshman took the oath of office yesterday.

(Undated)  --  WalletHub's list of cities that are the best places for Fourth of July celebrations ranks Seattle in the top spot.  The consumer website compared the 100 largest U.S. cities, based on how well they balance holiday fun and what it costs.  Portland ranks fifth overall on the WalletHub list of Best Cities for 4th of July Celebrations.  The Rose City ranks only 63th in the category of "Entertainment & Food," but ranks in the top ten in the categories of "Attractions & Activities" and "Fourth of July Weather Forecast."

(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is nearing the 400-million-dollar mark.  Tonight's drawing will be for a grand prize of 390-million-dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 265-million.  The jackpot is the largest Mega Millions top prize since March 2014.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating a crash that left the driver of an SUV seriously injured.  Authorities say the wreck, which involved a tractor-trailer rig, happened yesterday afternoon at 122nd and Marine Drive.  The SUV driver was pulled out of the vehicle by firefighters and taken to a hospital with traumatic injuries.  The truck driver wasn't injured.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a shooting that left a woman dead at an apartment complex near Milwaukie.  Authorities say 80-year-old Donna Doris McQueen died after being accidentally shot Friday night at the Clackamas County Trails Apartments on Southeast Cook Street.  Police arrested 21-year-old Noelle St. John, saying McQueen wasn't her intended target.  St. John is facing charges of manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.

(Tukwila, WA)  --  Officials say no one was injured when a single car of an Amtrak train, headed north from Portland, derailed in Tukwila, Washington.  Authorities say a single locomotive was leaning slightly after it left the tracks yesterday at a few minutes past noon.  All 12 cars it was pulling remained upright.  The approximately 236 passengers on the train were taken to King Street Station in Seattle by bus.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Southeast Portland woman shot and killed an intruder she found in her child's bedroom.  Authorities say the 33-year-old woman returned home from work early yesterday morning and found the 59-year-old man.  Police say the woman used her own gun to shoot the intruder.  Neither one of her two children was injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices in the Portland area are slightly cheaper today.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-51, down a half-cent from yesterday's average.  At this point in May, the Portland-area average for regular was two-45 a gallon.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea is expected to retire.  O'Dea is under investigation after it came to light that he shot a friend with a .22-caliber rifle during an April hunting trip.  Officials say O'Dea had initially said that the friend, Robert Dempsey, accidentally shot himself while trying to holster a pistol.  Dempsey wasn't seriously injured.  Mayor Charlie Hales is slated to hold a news conference later today.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a 35-year-old Portland man who's reported missing.  Authorities say James Earl Smith hasn't been seen since Wednesday, and his wife reports he's missed several days of work.  Police say his car was found yesterday near Promontory Park outside Estacada.  Smith is described as white, six feet tall, 170 pounds with short, red hair and facial hair.  Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is calling for a moratorium on oil trains traveling through Washington.  Inslee is asking for the moratorium in response to the oil-train derailment earlier this month in the Columbia River Gorge.  The governor says it's up to the Federal Rail Authority to revisit what can be done to stop Union Pacific's Bakken oil transport until necessary safety improvements are made.  Earlier this month, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon asked for a similar moratorium for her state.

(Salem, OR)  --  The mountains of cash continue to grow for the Mega Millions and Powerball games.  The weekend drawings yielded no jackpot winners.  The Mega Millions drawing tomorrow night will be for an estimated grand prize of 390-million dollars.  The Wednesday night Powerball drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 222-million.

(Salem, OR)  --  A huge jackpot is kicking up ticket sales for tonight's Mega Millions drawing. The grand prize will be an estimated 363-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 244-million.  Tomorrow night's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 203-million dollars. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A 90-year-old man is under indictment after being accused of causing a crash that left a woman dead in Portland.  A Multnomah County grand jury issued the indictment yesterday against Edmond Pomroy Balding, who's charged with criminal negligent homicide.  The March 18th crash killed pedestrian Ambert Michelle Lapine [[ lah-PINE ]], who was hit at the intersection of Northeast 117th Avenue and Glisan Street.  

(Seattle, WA)  --  President Obama will be in Seattle later today for a fundraiser to support Governor Jay Inslee's re-election campaign.  The president will appear at the Washington State Convention Center for this evening's event.  Obama will later attend a fundraiser at an undisclosed private residence to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The president is scheduled to arrive late this afternoon at Sea-Tac Airport, and major congestion is expected as space is cleared for the motorcade.  

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was wanted for a robbery is in custody, after he fled from U.S. marshals and Portland police.  The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were dispatched yesterday to search for the man in an area of Southeast Portland.  Police say he was arrested after being found hiding in a yard at Southeast 118th and Schiller.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Six men are facing charges in connection with an armed home invasion in Milwaukie.  Two of the suspects, Douglas Tyler Jorgenson Liones [[ lee-OWNS ]] and Trevontae Timothy Anderson, are charged with multiple counts regarding the Wednesday robbery at the Hamlin Manor Apartments on Southeast Harrison.  Police say two men were injured during the home invasion, and one remains in ICU at a Portland hospital. Authorities say the other four suspects participated in the robbery, and are due in court today. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a man who's accused of breaking into a Southwest Portland home before being shot by the homeowner is identified as former NFL player Stanley Wilson the Second.  Authorities say the owner of the Southwest Humphrey Boulevard home shot Wilson in the abdomen, and officers arriving at the scene found the suspect, naked, in a backyard water feature.  Wilson is expected to survive.  He played cornerback at Stanford before being drafted in 2005 by the Detroit Lions, where he played for three seasons. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are up slightly in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-51 a gallon, a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's also six-and-a-half cents higher than the average at this time last month. 

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpots in the two major lottery games continue to soar.  Last night's Powerball drawing didn't yield any grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 203-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  The top prize in the Friday night Mega Millions drawing is estimated at 363-million.


(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Seattle's sales tax on guns and ammunition is legal.  Ferguson, who's a Democrat, issued an opinion saying the tax, which took effect on January 1st, complies with state law.  Ferguson filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the state appeals court regarding the National Rifle Association's challenge to a King County Superior Court ruling.  The NRA claims the 25-dollar-per-gun tax charged to gun sellers and the two-to-five-cent tax per round of ammunition violate a state law that bans cities from regulating firearms. 


(Undated)  --  Home prices across Washington state are rising faster than in any other state in the U.S.  That's according to data firm CoreLogic, who says the average home price in the state rose ten-point-six percent from April 2015 to April 2016.  Oregon is a close second, with a ten-point-three-percent increase during the same period.  Zillow lists Washington as the state with the third-highest average home price, at nearly 308-thousand dollars, while Oregon is in eighth place with a 276-thousand-dollar median price.  


(Vancouver, WA)  --  A wanted felon is in custody, following a standoff with a SWAT team in Vancouver.  Authorities say police arrived at an apartment building on Northeast 49th Street around 5:30 yesterday afternoon and tried to contact 40-year-old Ryan Boyce, but he reportedly refused to come out and threatened to shoot officers.  SWAT personnel were brought in, and the standoff continued until Boyce was taken into custody around 8:50 last night.  Boyce, who had several outstanding warrants, is also facing charges of felony harassment and malicious mischief. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A burglary suspect is expected to survive, after being shot by a homeowner in Southwest Portland.  Police say the man was shot in the abdomen as he tried to break into a house in the 49-hundred block of Southwest Humphrey Boulevard yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say officers found the suspect naked in a water feature in the back yard.  The man's injuries aren't considered life-threatening. 

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of assaulting his seven-month-old daughter is scheduled to spend 18 years in prison.  A Washington County judge handed down the sentence to 27-year-old Timothy Michael Gonzalez, whose daughter, Chloe Boulange [[ boo-LAHNZH ]], is unable to sit up on her own and must eat through a feeding tube.  Authorities say the attack took place in December 2014.  Gonzalez was found guilty last week of first-degree assault and criminal mistreatment.  

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is considering whether to ask voters to decide whether to approve a proposed three-percent tax on recreational marijuana.  Officials say the resulting revenue would go toward drug and alcohol treatment, public safety, and support for small businesses.  The current 25-percent state tax on recreational pot is to drop to 20 percent on January 1st, so if voters approve the city tax, the total tax would be 23 percent.  If the Council gives the okay, the measure will appear on this November's ballot. 


(Salem, OR)  --  The stakes are getting higher in the Mega Millions lottery game.  Last night's drawing produced no grand-prize winner, so the jackpot will roll over to 363-million-dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The Powerball drawing tonight will be for a top prize of 184-million-dollars.  


(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials say an Alaska Airlines flight bound for Anchorage from Portland was diverted to Seattle when a man aboard the plane tried to kiss a sleeping teenage girl. An airport spokesman says Flight 137 was diverted to Sea-Tac International Airport at two p.m. yesterday.  The spokesman says a 23-year-old man from California is accused of trying to kiss a sleeping 16-year-old girl sitting next to him on the flight.  The man was arrested when the plane landed at Sea-Tac, and the plane continued on to Anchorage. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Carole Smith, superintendent of Portland Public Schools, says she'll retire at the end of the next school year.  Smith, who's been on the job for a decade, has been under fire since elevated levels of lead were found in water fountains at two of the district's schools.  She issued a public apology after admitting that PPS failed to follow Environmental Protection Agency protocols.  Protesters disrupted a meeting of the school board yesterday evening, demanding that Smith resign immediately or be fired. 


(Corbett, OR)  --  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says a 92-car Union Pacific train was halted in the Columbia River Gorge when a diesel fuel leak was discovered.  The train was headed east from Portland yesterday and authorities believe the fuel leak was caused by a broken cap on a fuel filter.  Union Pacific officials say the diesel leak may have been between 200 and 300 gallons.  A Multnomah County HazMat crew assisted Corbett Fire in stopping the leak.  


(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying the same today for gasoline as yesterday.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, which is a half-cent lower than at this time last week.  The national average for regular is about two-33 a gallon. 


(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle company is issuing a recall of frozen green peas and frozen mixed vegetables because of the possibility of Listeria contamination.  National Frozen Foods sells the products under brands including Bountiful Harvest, First Street, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry, and Sprouts Farmers Market in stores across the country.  The products were sold between September 2nd, 2015, and June 2nd, 2016.  National Frozen Foods officials say the recall was issued after internal tests revealed the presence of Listeria bacteria, but no illnesses have been reported so far. 


(Salem, OR)  --  It's the largest Mega Millions jackpot since March 2014.  Tonight's drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 333-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 226-million. 

(Aloha, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that left a man dead in Aloha [[ ah-LOW-uh ]].  Deputies say the man was shot around 8:50 yesterday morning as he walked along Southwest Blanton Street near 167th Avenue.  The victim died at the scene.  Witnesses told authorities they saw a dark-colored sedan heading east down Blanton after the shooting. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man who's accused of groping a 13-year-old girl aboard a flight bound for Portland is being ordered to undergo a drug-and-alcohol evaluation.  Otherwise, 26-year-old Chad Cameron Camp will remain in custody until his arraignment on July 15th.  Authorities say Camp molested the teen on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Portland on June 15th.  Camp was arrested after the plane arrived at PDX. 


(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are seeking the public's help as they continue to investigate the deadly stabbing of a Gresham woman.  Authorities say 35-year-old Annastasia Diane Hester called 911 from her apartment on Southwest Eastman Parkway to report she'd been stabbed on the morning of June 10th.  Hester died later at a hospital.  Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719. 


(Portland, OR)  --  There's not much change in Portland-area fuel prices as summer arrives.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-49, about a half-cent below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-33 a gallon. 


(McMinnville, OR)  --  Two suspects are facing charges in connection with a speed-racing crash that left one person dead on Highway 99W in McMinnville.  Police say 24-year-old Jeremy Hopper and 22-year-old Andrew Olson are each charged with first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, and reckless driving.  The May 4th crash killed the driver of a car not involved in the race, 43-year-old Claudio Martinez Marquez [[ mar-KEZZ ]], while his passenger, 33-year-old Bonifacio [[ BONE-uh-FOSS-ee-oh ]] Martinez Garcia, suffered serious injuries. 

(Salem, OR)  --  Both major lottery jackpots are growing larger after the weekend drawings.  Tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 333-million dollars.  The top prize in the Powerball drawing Wednesday night will be an estimated 184-million. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Police are searching for a man who reportedly stole a specialized van from a 51-year-old disabled woman in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the vehicle was stolen yesterday afternoon in the 200 block of Southeast 160th Avenue.  It's described as a white, 2012 Honda Odyssey with a ramp and a sticker on the back that reads "Performance Mobility" in blue letters, and the license plate 580GWA.  Police say a possible suspect has been described as a tall, slim white male, about 35 to 40 years old, wearing a baseball cap. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is among those who attended the Portland Pride Parade and Festival yesterday.  Security was stepped up from previous years, and there was an increased presence of Portland police officers as well.  Many parade-goers held up signs in support of the victims of the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Brown told KPTV there's a "need to work together to create communities of love and tolerance here in Oregon and around the country." 


(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another is injured, following a shooting in Northwest Portland.  Police say the shooting happened in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street around 10:20 last night.  A man was killed and a woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Authorities say a possible suspect has been detained. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting no change from yesterday in Portland-area fuel prices.  The average for regular is two-50 a gallon, which is also the same as the average of a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area at this time last month for two-43 a gallon. 

(Portland, OR)  --  A suspect is in custody, following the stabbing death of a woman outside a Portland strip club.  Police say 29-year-old Shantina Turner was stabbed in the neck late Wednesday night at the Skinn Gentleman's Club in Portland's Cully neighborhood.  The suspect, Rinita Linelle Lowe, is behind bars on a murder charge.  Police say the victim and the suspect were involved in an argument at the club before the stabbing took place. 

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is generating brisk ticket sales.  The jackpot will be an estimated 310-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 211-million.  Tomorrow night's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 169-million dollars.  

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Seattle man is awaiting sentencing, after pleading guilty to threatening Washington Congressman Jim McDermott.  Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Jasper Kilmer Hillman Bell threatened to cut out McDermott's tongue for pledging support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rather than fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders.  Authorities say Bell made repeated calls to McDermott's office and was arrested when he went to the office and pounded on a locked door.  The U.S. Attorney's Office says it

(Portland, OR)  --  A Gresham man is facing charges, after being accused of groping a 13-year-old girl on board a flight to Portland International Airport.  Authorities say Chad Cameron Camp was on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Portland Wednesday night when the incident took place.  Camp was arrested after the plane arrived at PDX.  He's been charged with a federal count of abusive sexual contact. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a small explosion at a Fred Meyer store.  Bail is set at 260-thousand dollars for Joshua Hines, who's homeless.  Police say a small explosive device went off inside the store on Southeast 82nd Avenue on May 21st, but no one was injured.  Hines is charged with first-degree arson and unlawful manufacturing and possession of a destructive device.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a thief who was caught on camera breaking into a vehicle and stealing a backpack in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the thief was on a bicycle and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt when the crime was committed Monday night in the area of Southeast 6th and Yamhill.  The thief left behind hundreds of shards of broken glass after making off with the backpack.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Crews from Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission and Federal Railroad Administration are taking a hard look at trains and BNSF Railway tracks on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge this week.  This follows last week's derailment of a loaded oil train and a resulting spill and fire on the Union Pacific Railroad on the Oregon side of the gorge.  KING TV says Washington is still short of railroad inspectors, but the legislature has authorized more.

(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials say the Washington state government is predicted to take in about 308-million dollars more during the current fiscal period than previously expected.  Economists say the revenue forecast is being upgraded because of higher-than-expected sales tax revenue and higher real-estate excise tax collections.  The forecast is also adding 127-million dollars for the 2017-19 budget period.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are unchanged from yesterday.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, about a penny above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-36 a gallon.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is dead, after being stabbed at a Portland strip club.  Authorities say the stabbing happened late last night at Club Skinn on Northeast 60th Avenue.  The woman died at the scene.  Police say they've detained a possible suspect.  No names have been released.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's unemployment rate remains at a seasonally-adjusted five-point-eight percent for the sixth straight month.  The state Employment Security Department says that's despite the addition of 87-hundred jobs from April to May.  The department says the state has added more than 101-thousand jobs over the past year.  The greatest job growth in Washington last month took place in the professional & business services sector.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that left a motorcyclist lying unconscious in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the wreck happened around 9:30 last night at the intersection of Southeast 45th Avenue and Belmont.  The motorcyclist, described as a man in his 30s, was taken to a hospital, but there's no word on his condition.  Police say the driver of the car involved in the crash remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Powerball game is getting more attention, after last night's drawing yielded no jackpot winners.  The grand prize will grow to an estimated 169-million dollars for the Saturday night drawing, with a cash option of 114-million.  The next Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 310-million dollars tomorrow night.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are looking for four suspects, following a stabbing that left a 17-year-old seriously wounded at Red Sunset Park.  Authorities say they believe yesterday's stabbing was related to a marijuana deal.  The victim, who was stabbed twice, is listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive.  Police say the suspects range in age from 15 to 17.

(Portland, OR)  --  The average home price in the Portland area is now past the 400-thousand-dollar milestone.  The Regional Multiple Listing Service says the average rose in May to 402-thousand-500 dollars, which is a record.  Realty Trust Group broker Dustin Miller tells "The Oregonian" that low supply and high demand are driving the prices.  The average time it takes to sell all current homes on the market remains at the April level of one-point-four months.

(Yakima, WA)  --  A convicted killer who escaped from work-release in Yakima, Washington is in custody in South Dakota.  Twenty-five-year-old Jake Lee Eakin was 14-years-old in 2005 when he was convicted and sentenced for the murder of 13-year-old Craig Sorger of Ephrata two years before.  Eakin escaped from work-release Sunday.  He was arrested yesterday in Rapid City, and authorities are seeking to have him extradited back to Washington.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly less for gasoline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows a gallon of regular is averaging two-50, a fraction of a penny less than yesterday's average.  Regular gas averaged two-43 a gallon at this point in May.

(Fresno, CA)  --  A woman who vandalized seven national parks in 2014 will serve two years probation after pleading guilty to federal misdemeanor charges.  Casey Nocket damaged rock formations in Oregon, California, Utah, and Colorado by using markers and acrylic paints to create drawings that she then posted online.  Federal prosecutors say Nocket would be fined, would complete 200 hours of community service, and would be permanently banned from all federally-managed parks, forests, and recreation areas.  Nocket vandalized Crater Lake National Park in Oregon as part of her 26-day vandalism spree nearly two years ago.

(Gresham, OR)  --  A Gresham man who was standing on a sidewalk when he was hit by an SUV remains in critical condition.  Police continue to investigate the crash, which happened Monday evening at the intersection of East Burnside Street and Southeast 172nd Avenue in Gresham.  Authorities say the driver of the SUV, 25-year-old Pedro Guzman-Ortega of Portland, wasn't driving under the influence at the time of the crash.  The pedestrian's name hasn't been released.

(Spokane, WA)  --  Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Inslee and Republican challenger, Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, are set to debate following the August primary election.  The Association of Washington Business, which is co-sponsoring the debate, says it will be held in Spokane on August 17th.  A statewide Elway poll taken in April shows Inslee favored by 48 percent of voters, 36 percent supporting Bryant, and 16 percent undecided.

(Salem, OR)  --  The potential winnings keep building in the Mega Millions lottery game.  The jackpot is rising to an estimated 310-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The cash option will be more than 211-million.  Tonight's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 153-million dollars.

(Clackamas County, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who's in urgent need of medical attention.  Authorities say 54-year-old Natalie Derr hasn't been seen since Sunday, when she left a Clackamas County care facility.  Deputies say she left without the medication she needs.  Authorities say Derr may be driving to the Oregon Coast in her red 2010 Toyota Prius with Oregon license plates 057ESW.  Anyone knowing her whereabouts is asked to call 911.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A bank-robbery suspect is hospitalized after being shot by a Clark County sheriff's deputy.  Authorities say the man is suspected of holding up a U.S. Bank in the 16-hundred block of Main Street in Vancouver yesterday afternoon.  Officials say the man was shot and wounded in the area of Northeast 219th Street and Northeast 10th Avenue in Battle Ground following a chase.  There's no word on his condition.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The next Beaverton School District superintendent will be a former Oregon Superintendent of the Year.  Don Grotting received the honor in 2014 from the American Association of School Administrators, and has been chosen to lead the Beaverton district.  The Beaverton School Board voted unanimously last night to name Grotting to the post.  He has served over the past six years as the superintendent of the David Douglas School District in Portland.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Amazon.com is facing a possible fine for improper shipment of a package containing Liquid Fire drain cleaner.  Federal regulators say the product, which was improperly packaged and labeled, leaked on nine UPS employees during shipment from Louisville to Boulder, Colorado in October 2014.  The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a 350-thousand-dollar fine.  Amazon says it takes the safety of its air-cargo delivery partners seriously and has developed sophisticated technologies to detect potential shipping hazards.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that critically injured a pedestrian while he was on a sidewalk in Gresham.  Authorities say the 36-year-old man was standing on the southwest corner of East Burnside and Southeast 172nd Avenue when he was hit by an SUV yesterday evening.  The man was rushed to a hospital, where he's listed in critical condition.  Police say the Portland man who drove the SUV cooperated with officers.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are little-changed from yesterday in the Portland metro.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-50 a gallon, which is about a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is about two-37 a gallon.


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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)


Jones Road closed between Butler Market Road and Bennington Lane. (8/18)


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Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)


Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

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