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(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County officials say about 95-hundred children in the county need to get up-to-date on their vaccinations by February 17th.  Four clinics will be held this month to help under- and uninsured families catch up on their kids' immunizations.  State law requires all kids attending school, pre-school, and child-care need to be vaccinated by the 17th.  Only kids with valid exemptions aren't required to be vaccinated.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Legislature will consider a measure intended to close a loophole for gun buyers.  The House bill would require that all potential buyers undergo a background check that doesn't have a time limit.  Current law says if a background check takes longer than three days, the buyer can get the gun, regardless of what's found in the background check.  The bill's sponsor, Representative Jennifer Williams, says most gun buyers pass a background check within minutes, and if it takes longer, it should raise a red flag.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to get cheaper in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular at two-oh-one, down more than a penny from yesterday.  It's also nearly six cents a gallon below the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is dead, following a head-on crash involving a TriMet bus in Portland.  Police say the wreck happened around 6:20 last night in the area of Southeast 104th Avenue and Mt. Scott Boulevard.  Authorities say a man traveling downhill veered over the center line and slammed into the oncoming bus.  He died later at a hospital.  The bus driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

(Portland, OR)  --  An air-pollution report by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is prompting a glass company in Southeast Portland to suspend its use of arsenic and cadmium.  DEQ reported earlier this week that high levels of the metals were detected in air-quality testing in Southeast Portland.  The tests were performed in the area of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard, near Bullseye Glass Company.  KPTV reports the company is working with an environmental consulting firm to help evaluate the data and conduct more testing and monitoring.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A House committee is considering a bill that would create a pilot program for legal marijuana delivery.  Under the measure, five licensed pot retailers would be able to deliver the product, but only in Seattle.  The bill is backed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes.  It was heard yesterday by the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A proposed clean-water rule released by the Washington Department of Ecology is similar to a policy Governor Jay Inslee outlined in October.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the rule would update state standards for limits on pollution to ensure that the state's waters are safe enough for people and wildlife.  The new rule would include raising the estimated level of fish consumption used in pollution risk calculations from one serving a month to one serving a day.  The state is seeking public input on the draft rule through April 22nd.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is among the state agencies investigating levels of cadmium and arsenic in the air in Southeast Portland.  Officials are trying to determine the possible health risks associated with the presence of the pollutants.  The findings are from air-quality samples taken in the area of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  The Oregon Health Authority says health effects related to arsenic and cadmium exposure depend on how much a person is exposed and for how long.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend's mother and shooting his girlfriend will spend at least 40 years in prison.  Thirty-six-year-old Jason Hogan, Jr. was found guilty last month on multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder.  Hogan shot his girlfriend, Gina Perrone, and her mother, Norma Perrone, at the home the three shared in Happy Valley in 2012.  Hogan will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A suspect is in custody, following a home invasion in Vancouver that left a 72-year-old man injured.  Police say 18-year-old Irving Diaz Rodriguez of Vancouver is accused of breaking into the home and assaulting the elderly homeowner yesterday evening, then locking him out of the house.  Authorities say other members of the victim's family were in the house, but no one else was hurt.  Rodriguez is facing a charge of first-degree burglary.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are seeking to tap into the state's "rainy-day" fund to mitigate the homeless situation.  A group of 21 Democratic state senators are supporting a proposal to use 300-million dollars from the Budget Stabilization fund for services to aid the homeless.  One of those senators, Sharon Nelson of Vashon Island, told KING-5 the homeless crisis is a statewide problem.  The legislators say they need nine more votes to garner the three-fifths majority needed to tap into the fund.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices continue to fall.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-oh-two a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday.  It's also six cents cheaper than the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Portland man is accused of committing dozens of sex crimes against children, dating back nearly nine years.  Investigators say 23-year-old Jared Kelly White was 15 when he repeatedly abused an eight-year-old boy beginning in late 2007.  Police say White is facing a total of 54 counts after being accused of sexually abusing three children.  Authorities say White had several jobs where he had contact with kids.

(Undated)  --  Over a dozen people are being indicted in connection with the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge.  A federal grand jury brought the indictment against 16 people yesterday, and the official charges are expected to be made public soon.  Eleven people who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers.  Authorities shot and killed one occupier during an arrest attempt.

(McMinnville, OR)  --  The principal of a middle school in McMinnville says the school received an anonymous phone call of a threatening nature.  Patton Middle School Principal Brian Crain told KATU-TV the call was traced back to an elementary school in Salem, but it's believed the call was a prank.  Brookwood Elementary School in Hillsboro was reported to have also received a threat, but it's not known whether it's connected to the McMinnville threat.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Another bill concerning gender-segregated facilities is being sent to the Washington State Senate Rules Committee.  The Senate Law and Justice Committee approved a measure yesterday that would repeal a state rule that allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings according to their gender identity.  The bill would require that people in Washington use a private facility based on their biology.  A similar bill was passed last week by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

(Burns, OR)  --  The family of the Oregon occupier killed by authorities is accusing the FBI and police of a cover-up.  LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed last week after police and the FBI moved to arrest the leaders of the group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge.  A statement from his family called the shooting "completely unjustified" and says officials are trying to manipulate the media and Americans over what really happened.  The FBI released aerial video of the shooting that it says shows Finicum reaching for his pocket, where he was carrying a gun.

(Mount Hood, OR)  --  A hiker who had gotten lost on Mount Hood is said to be doing fine after being rescued.  Fifty-one-year-old Chris Houk of Seattle was rescued yesterday by the Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team and brought out at Timberline Lodge.  Houk says he lost his bearings Monday afternoon in white-out conditions while on the Pacific Crest Trail.  KGW-TV reports Houk was found by rescuers yesterday morning at the bottom of a canyon.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered by a Washington Senate panel would outlaw abortions for parents who want to select the sex of their baby.  The "Spokesman-Review" quotes opponents of the bill, who told the committee that Senate Bill 6612 is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist in Washington and bolsters an ugly stereotype of Asian-Americans.  Supporters say the bill would allow Washington to say it doesn't allow sex discrimination anywhere.  The measure would create civil and criminal penalties for a physician who performs an abortion for someone who doesn't want a child of a particular sex.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still dropping.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the Portland-area average for regular is two-oh-three a gallon, a half-cent below yesterday's average.  It's also seven cents a gallon lower than at this time last week.

(Washington, DC)  --  Ten Washington counties will receive federal assistance in connection with a December storm system that produced heavy rains, high winds, flooding, and landslides.  It was the second major disaster declaration request approved by President Obama in the last two months.  The declaration makes available FEMA's Public Assistance program for the ten counties, and provides grants for hazard mitigation efforts statewide.  Governor Jay Inslee says the storm resulted in damage in excess of 19-million dollars, including that caused by an EF-1 tornado in Clark County.

(Portland, OR)  --  A budget reduction of more than eight-million-dollars is being proposed for the Portland Police Bureau.  The plan by Police Chief Larry O'Dea and Mayor Charlie Hales calls for cutting 88 jobs, including positions in the Family Services, Youth Services, and Traffic divisions.  KOIN-TV reports the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit, the School Resource Officer program, and photo radar and red light camera enforcement would also be affected.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Three teenage brothers are being held without bail in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless camp.  The shooting killed two people and wounded three on January 26th at the camp known as "The Jungle."  The suspects, ages 17, 16, and 13, were arrested Monday for investigation of two counts of murder, three counts of assault, and firearms-related violations.  A decision will come soon on whether the 16- and 17-year-olds will be tried as adults.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Republican Representative Graham Hunt is no longer a member of the Washington State Legislature.  Hunt resigned yesterday in the midst of accusations he lied about his military service.  His Second Legislative District seat represents the Pierce County communities of Yelm, Orting, Roy, McKenna, Graham, and Eatonville.  Hunt says while he has nothing to hide, the recent speculation of impropriety has taken a toll on his family.

(Aloha, OR)  --  A man who threatened to shoot Aloha High School students and Washington County sheriff's deputies will be on probation for five years.  Michael F. O'Toole has pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.  Authorities say O'Toole called 911 on May 7th and threatened to shoot deputies, saying he was carrying a TEC-9 firearm and a thousand rounds of ammunition, and was at a 7-Eleven that evening and told people there he was going to Aloha High and "shoot up everyone at the stands."  O'Toole was later apprehended by a deputy.  He's also been ordered to receive mental-health treatment.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Officials say a sex offender who was released from prison yesterday was arrested again hours later.  Authorities say Dustin Westling has more than 20 convictions on his record and was released yesterday after serving a stint for sex-related crimes.  Police say he was arrested in Hillsboro after failing to check into a transitional living community.

(Estacada, OR)  --  One person is dead following a fire at a home in Estacada [[ ESS-tah-KAY-dah ]].  The blaze was reported around eleven o'clock yesterday morning in the 34-thousand block of Southeast Coupland Road.  The person whose body was found hasn't been identified.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still falling in the Portland Metro.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-04 a gallon, down about a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also nearly eight-cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Three teenagers are in custody in connection with the deadly shootings at a Seattle homeless camp known as "The Jungle."  Seattle police apprehended the suspects, ages 13, 16 and 17, yesterday.  The three are accused of killing two people and wounding three others at the homeless camp on the night of January 26th.  The suspects are being held at the Youth Service Center for investigation of homicide.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Corvallis police say an Oregon State University student is accused of going on a half-hour crime spree.  Authorities say 20-year-old Trenton Huber was armed with a handgun and a knife during the Sunday night crime spree, for which he's facing about two-dozen charges.  Police say among other crimes, Huber attempted a carjacking, tried to steal a bicycle and assaulted its eleven-year-old rider, and abducted a young woman and forced her at gunpoint to drive him for two miles before letting her out and taking her vehicle.  Officials say officers arrested Huber after he entered an occupied home without permission in the area of 25th and Lincoln Avenue.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 45-year-old man is facing charges after being accused of breaking windows at Portland City Hall.  Police say Kevin Scott McQueen broke nine windows on the Southwest Fourth Avenue side of the building Sunday morning.  They say McQueen was detained by building security until police arrived.  There's no word on a motive for the vandalism.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting that followed a standoff at an apartment complex in Clackamas County.  Officials say 19-year-old Christopher Kalonji had threatened his family with a rifle last Thursday at the Holly Acres Apartments on Southeast Concord.  Deputies say Kalonji was shot as he brandished a rifle.  He died later at a hospital.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Legislation that's being considered in committee would give pay raises to Washington State Patrol troopers.  One bill would increase a trooper's pay by seven-and-a-half-percent over three years, and the other would make pay more competitive with other law enforcement agencies.  WSP officials have said the agency struggles to recruit troopers, and has lost many officers to other law enforcement agencies that offer higher pay.  Both bills are being considered by the Senate Committee on Transportation.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers are hoping to ensure the safety of crumb-rubber playing surfaces throughout Washington.  Two bills that have been introduced would require installers of synthetic turf to prove its safety to the state Department of Ecology before it's put down.  There's concern among parents that the surfaces might pose a health risk to the children that use them.  The House version of the bill is awaiting action in the House Committee on Environment.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the victim in a stabbing at the Greyhound bus station in Portland will survive.  Authorities say the victim was attacked around noon Saturday and suffered life-threatening injuries, but will be okay.  The victim was reportedly stabbed multiple times at the bus station on Northwest Sixth Avenue.  The victim's name hasn't been released.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A state Senate committee will hear a bill that would raise the smoking age to 21 in Washington.  Supporters of Senate Bill 6157 say the measure would curb teen smoking in the state.  The bill would also apply to "vaping," or consumption of e-cigarettes.  The measure is slated to be heard in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor this afternoon at 1:30.

(Portland, OR)  --  A topless sports bar is looking to locate in downtown Portland.  Dames 'n' Games wants to open its location at 823 and 833 Southwest Naito Parkway, across the street from the World Trade Center.  The owners applied for a liquor license in September.  "The Oregonian" reports the bar is part of a California chain and is looking to operate seven days a week.

(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices continue to get cheaper in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the current average for regular is two-05 a gallon, down nearly eight-cents from the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is a-dollar-80 a gallon.

(North Powder, OR)  --  A trucker from Vancouver is dead, following a crash on Interstate 84 in the area of North Powder.  Police say 50-year-old Igor Nikolaychuk chaining up near the left rear axle of his rig yesterday morning when another vehicle slid sideways and hit Nikolaychuk.  He died at the scene of the crash, which happened in icy and foggy conditions.  Authorities say the driver of the car, 21-year-old McKenna Hamilton of Idaho, was wearing a seat belt and her airbag deployed on impact.

(Washington County, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a Washington County man who's reported to be missing.  Officials say 66-year-old Dane Davis, who suffers from dementia, hasn't been seen since Saturday, when he left his home on Southwest Jay Street.  Davis is described as African-American, five-feet-six, weighing 200 pounds, and was last seen wearing red pants and black shoes.  Anyone with helpful information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A measure that would repeal a rule allowing people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with is moving through the Washington Legislature.  The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee passed the measure last week on a 4-3 vote, and it's been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.  Under the bill, the human rights commission would be prevented from further creating rules regarding gender-segregated locations.

(Ocean Shores, WA)  --  A presidential straw poll among Republicans in Washington resulted in an overwhelming win for Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  The straw poll was held Saturday during the GOP's annual Roanoke Conference.  Rubio had 47 percent of the ballots cast, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was second with 19 percent, and Ohio Governor John Kasich was third with nine percent.  SeattlePI.com reports businessman Donald Trump wasn't listed in the tally.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A Happy Valley man is awaiting sentencing, after being found guilty of killing his girlfriend's mother and shooting his girlfriend.  Authorities say Jason Hogan shot and killed Norma Perrone and shot her daughter, Gina Perrone, in August 2012 at the home where all three lived.  Police say Hogan had a long and violent criminal history prior to the shooting.  Sentencing is set for February 3rd.

(Portland, OR)  --  The ringleader of the group that took over an Oregon wildlife refuge will appear in federal court today.  Ammon Bundy and seven other defendants will be in a Portland courtroom for detention hearings.  Bundy and his followers are accused of threatening community members and calling on the public to bring weapons to their protest.  The defendants were arrested earlier this week during a traffic stop in which one protester was shot and killed.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A measure sponsored by an Auburn lawmaker would tax some political campaigns in Washington.  Senator Joe Fain says the tax revenue would be used to teach civics in schools and enhance enforcement of state election laws.  Fain is one of nine senators co-sponsoring the bill.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to fall in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-oh-seven a gallon, down about a penny-and-a-half from yesterday.  It's also more than eight cents below the average at this time last week.

(Puyallup, WA)  --   The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is officially entering Washington's marijuana industry.  The tribe has signed a compact as a result of a deal worked out with Governor Jay Inslee and the state Liquor and Cannabis Board.  The "News Tribune" reports the agreement allows the Puyallup Tribe to operate a marijuana testing lab, which will be housed in a Fife building that's home to the tribe's cancer-treatment center.  The lab will offer safety and potency tests of product for holders of state marijuana licenses, among others.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Authorities say a 19-year-old man who was involved in a standoff with SWAT personnel in Milwaukie has died.  Police say the man, who was armed with a rifle, barricaded himself in an apartment in the Holly Acres complex on Southeast Concorde, where he had been reported to be threatening family members.  Officers fired at least two rounds and sent tear gas into the apartment after the man brandished the rifle.  The suspect, who suffered gunshot wounds, was taken to a hospital around four o'clock yesterday afternoon, and died later.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being hospitalized after she was pinned in her vehicle during a crash in North Portland.  Officials say the wreck, involving an RV and a semi-truck, happened around 4:10 yesterday afternoon in the area of North Columbia Boulevard and North Chautauqua Boulevard.  The 46-year-old woman was trapped in the RV, which had a hole cut in the top so she could be freed.  Her injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

(Olympia, WA)  --  An alternative deadline for developing court-ordered school-funding fixes in Washington is moving through the legislative process.  Republicans on the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education committee altered Senate Bill 6195 to require work on a funding plan to be completed by 2018.  A bill passed by the Democratic-majority House earlier this week contains a plan to have it done by 2017.  "The Olympian" reports Governor Jay Inslee wants lawmakers to have a plan in place by 2017 so money to fund the plan can be found in time for the 2017-18 school year.

(Olympia, WA)  --  "12th Man" and Gay Pride flags would be banned aboard Washington state ferries, under a bill sponsored by Kennewick Representative Brad Klippert.  Clipper says only flags representing the state, the U.S., and maritime communication should fly above citizen-owned ferries.  He says while he personally has no problem with a Seahawks "12th Man" flag being flown over the vessels, he feels a Gay Pride flag isn't a fair representation of all residents of Washington state.  The measure has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Authorities say two youth coaches were recently arrested as part of an underage-sex sting operation.  Officials say the coaches communicated with detectives posing collectively as a 14-year-old girl through a Craigslist ad.  Arrested were 51-year-old Jeffrey Graham, who previously worked as a softball coach at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, and 49-year-old Sean Dotson, who had worked as a coach for the Banks Youth Soccer Association.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says deputies are continuing preparations for using body cameras.  The training is necessary to allow the agency to use a federal grant to fund a 90-day pilot program that will outfit some of the deputies for body cameras.  The cameras would be used during traffic stops and various other interactions with the public.  The pilot program will help the sheriff's office weigh the pros and cons of using the cameras.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area continue to pay less for gasoline.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the current average for regular is two-09 a gallon, down nearly two-cents from yesterday's average.  It's also more than eight-cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Burns, OR)  --  The FBI says three more Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupants were arrested yesterday as they turned themselves in at a checkpoint outside the refuge.  Officials say five other occupants left the refuge after checkpoints were established, and all of them were released.  On Tuesday night, protest leader Ammon Bundy and seven others were arrested, and one of them was shot to death during a confrontation with police.  Yesterday, Bundy told the remaining occupiers of the refuge through his attorney to stand down and go home.

(Portland, OR)  --  Voters in Portland will decide in May whether to approve a proposed ten-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax.  The Portland City Council voted yesterday to add the item to the ballot.  Officials say the tax would generate an estimated 64-million dollars over four years before it expires.  The revenue would be used for road projects, and safety projects that include improvement and addition of sidewalks.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being heard in a Senate committee would mandate changes at Washington's largest mental hospital.  Senate Bill 6541 would require Western State Hospital to measure progress and goals, with some of the results due by the end of the year.  The hospital is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding by March first if it doesn't make improvements to patient safety, management structure, and basic hygiene.  The bill is being considered by the Senate Reform and Accountability Committee.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would repeal a recent rule allowing any person to use restrooms or locker rooms based on their gender identity, regardless of their anatomy, will go to the full Senate in Washington.  The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee advanced the measure yesterday by a 4-3 vote.  Under the bill, the Human Rights Commission would be prohibited from making any new rule that involves the subject of gender-segregated facilities.  The committee favored the bill after hearing impassioned testimony from both sides.

(Undated)  --  One person is dead and over half a dozen are in custody after anti-government protesters exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers in eastern Oregon.  The FBI and Oregon State Police say they traded shots with protesters during a traffic stop yesterday afternoon.  Militia spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was killed.  Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who led the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, were among those taken into custody.

(Troutdale, OR)  --  A hiker who got lost in near Multnomah Falls is being sought by search-and-rescue crews.  The hiker reportedly made it to the top of Larch Mountain, but said he lost his track on the return trip and couldn't find his way back down.  KATU-TV reports crews have set up a command post in the Multnomah Falls parking lot.  Dispatchers instructed the hiker to stay put while rescuers were sent to assist him, but officials say no further contact has been made so far.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Thanks to a non-profit group, K-9s with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be outfitted with bullet-proof vests.  An anonymous donor has provided the department with the vests through Vested Interest in K-9s, Incorporated.  The vests are resistant to bullets and stabbings and will be worn by four K-9s, named Kilo, Nero, Vito, and Marco.  The vests range in value from around 17-hundred to 22-hundred dollars.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle police say two people are dead and three are injured, following a shooting near a homeless camp known as "The Jungle."  Authorities say the shooting happened before 7:30 last night on Airport Way.  A search is in progress for two suspects.  A man and a woman are listed in critical condition, and a second woman is in serious condition.  No names have been released.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's aimed at easing the shortage of substitute teachers in Washington is making its way through the Legislature.  The House has passed the measure, which would allow school districts to hire retired teachers without putting their retirement benefits in jeopardy.  Under the bill, teacher retirees would be able to work as substitutes for up to 630 hours per year without suspending their pension benefits.  The bill moves to a Senate committee for consideration.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices continue to fall in the Portland area.  Triple-A is reporting the average for a gallon of regular is two-ten a gallon, down a penny-and-a-half from yesterday.  It's also nine cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Tigard, OR)  --  Tigard police continue to investigate a crash that left a Beaverton woman dead.  Authorities say 50-year-old Marilyn Backstrand was driving along Southwest Roy Rogers Road Saturday morning when a vehicle crossed over from the opposite lane and crashed into her.  The second driver, 31-year-old Carlos Leon of Beaverton, was injured and taken to a hospital.  No citations have been issued so far.

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Senate is considering a bill that's intended to better protect adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism.  Under the measure, the Department of Social & Health Services would be required to have case workers make in-person visits to clients each year, and sometimes show up for the check-ins unannounced.  The visits would include a check of the client's living quarters.  The bill is being considered by the Senate Committee on Human Services and Mental Health.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill introduced in the Washington Legislature is aimed at preventing cities from enacting laws that mandate sick-leave policies or raise wages.  GOP Senator Mike Baumgartner of Spokane is calling the measure the "Seattle quarantine" bill, and says it's intended to prevent city councils from making labor laws that include setting the minimum wage higher than is required by state law.  Baumgartner told the "Spokesman-Review" that already-existing laws, such as Seattle's minimum-wage law, would be grandfathered in.

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is again calling for the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon to end.  The governor told KOIN-TV the Burns community is being torn apart by the occupation, which began on January 2nd with armed activists protesting the imprisonment of landowners convicted of arson.  Ammon Bundy, who's leading the activists, says the occupation is a fight with the federal government over land control.  Brown says Oregon officials are cooperating with federal authorities in finding ways to peacefully end the standoff.

(Undated)  --  A new WalletHub survey shows Oregon is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the best states in which to retire.  WalletHub's analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics, intended to help people who are ready to leave the workforce find permanent and affordable places to call home.  Oregon is ranked 29th overall, comes in 27th in "quality of life," and ranks 32nd in affordability.  Florida is ranked as the best state for retirees, followed by Wyoming, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Colorado.  Washington is ranked 24th.

(Portland, OR)  --  A public hearing on a proposal to add ten cents per gallon to the cost of gasoline in Portland is slated to be held tomorrow by the Portland City Council.  Commissioner Steve Novick is pushing for the tax in an effort to get the Council to add the item to the May 17th ballot.  Novick, who's in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, says the revenue is needed to fund the city's road and street projects.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers will consider a measure designed to help curb the number of suicides in the state.  The legislation includes a component that establishes a "Safe Homes Task Force" in partnership with pharmacists and firearms dealers.  Supporters say the goal is to better identify suicide risk factors early in order to reduce the number of suicides.  The bill is set for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee this morning.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are still heading down in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular at two-12 a gallon, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also down nine cents from the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a Florida man is accused of flying to Portland to have sex with a 12-year-old girl he met on Instagram.  Authorities say 42-year-old Sergio Zambrano had sexually-explicit chats with the girl online before deciding to fly to Portland.  He was arrested Sunday at a Portland motel, and the 12-year-old was hospitalized with minor injuries.  Zambrano is facing multiple charges, including rape and sex abuse.

(Salem, OR)  --  A state judicial panel is recommending the removal of Marion County Judge Vance Day from the bench.  Day has been a source of controversy for refusing to perform same-sex marriages, for which he's cited religious beliefs.  The Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability says he's lied under oath and has impugned honesty and integrity.  The Oregon Supreme Court will decide whether to follow the panel's recommendation.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Some GOP lawmakers are raising objections to Governor Jay Inslee's call for adding 60 employees to Washington's largest mental hospital to deal with unsafe conditions.  Inslee wants to add the staffers at Western State Hospital in response to a report by federal inspectors, who cited problems including a lack of properly-trained staff.  Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler told the "News Tribune" that basic infection control is one of the problem areas that won't be solved by adding more full-time employees.  Senate budget writer Andy Hill of Redmond is questioning whether more staff positions are needed, saying there are 300 vacancies caused by constant turnover at the hospital.


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