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(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A former employee at the Washington County Jail is to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to having sex with an inmate.  Thirty-three-year-old Brett Robinson entered the plea yesterday to charges of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct and first-degree official misconduct.  Prosecutors say Robinson and a fellow civilian jail employee, Jill Curry, had sex with the same inmate last spring and summer.  Curry pleaded guilty earlier this year and received a four year sentence.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A woman who's accused of causing the death of a seven-month-old child she was babysitting is free on bail.  Sarah Elizabeth Martin is set to be arraigned on May 28th on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Izaak Gillen.  Prosecutors say Izaak died by being violently shaken.  After Martin was booked, she paid the 25-thousand-dollar security deposit required for her release.

(Portland, OR)  --  The latest fiscal estimates show the city of Portland will have about 49-million dollars more to spend in next year's budget.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the increase includes an additional 13-million dollars in ongoing resources and an extra 36-million in one-time resources.  Mayor Charlie Hales says residents can expect his proposed budget to include emphasis on paving, parks, and housing.  Officials say the upgrade in the city's revenue forecast is related to a considerable increase in business-license tax collections.

(New York, NY)  --  Marcus Mariota is the second overall pick in the NFL Draft and will head to the Tennessee Titans.  The former Oregon standout and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner was chosen after Tampa Bay made Florida State's Jameis Winston the top pick in the draft.  Mariota was one of nine PAC-12 players selected in the first round, which is a conference record.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would allow drivers traveling rural roads in Oregon to pump their own gas is advancing through the state Legislature.  A law against self-service gas stations has been on the books in Oregon for more than 60 years.  The House has passed a measure that would allow gas stations in rural sections of Oregon to remain open without having to employ someone to pump gas for customers.  The bill now moves to the Senate.

(Portland, OR)  --  A pastor at a Portland-area church is headed to prison, after being convicted of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12.  Mike Sperou [[ SPARE-oo ]] has been sentenced to 20 years after a Multnomah County jury found him guilty of multiple counts.  "The Oregonian" reports Sperou was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay the victim restitution.  Sperou was pastor of the church now known as North Clackamas Bible Community.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are higher in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the current average for regular is about two-88 a gallon, three cents above yesterday's average.  It's also nearly 14 cents a gallon higher than a week ago.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would ban employers from asking about criminal convictions on their initial job applications is advancing in the Oregon Legislature.  The House has approved the measure, which officials say would still allow the question to be raised during an interview and would not prevent criminal background checks.  The measure will now head to the Senate for consideration.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A woman is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of an infant she was babysitting in Oregon City.  Thirty-seven-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Martin has been arrested in the death of seven-month-old Izaak Gillen, who died on April 7th.  Authorities say the child was brought to a hospital the day before, and physicians discovered the baby's skull was fractured.  Bail for Martin is set at a quarter-million dollars.

(Washington, DC)  --  The White House says President Barack Obama will be in Portland next Thursday for a fundraiser that will cost at least 500-dollars per ticket.  Officials say plans are also being made for the President to attend a pro-trade event on Friday, possibly at Nike.  The "Oregonian" reports the President is battling with Congress over legislation that's key to the fate of a massive trade pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which involves the U.S. and eleven other Pacific Rim nations.  Nike and other global companies are supporters of free-trade agreements that they say increase worldwide sales.

(Portland, OR)  --  It will cost a lot more to renovate the Portland Building than originally thought.  The "Oregonian" reports the new estimate for Portland's administrative headquarters is now 175-million-dollars, nearly double the original estimate of 95-point-four-million-dollars.  The renovations are designed to correct seismic deficiencies and repair water damage.  The new estimate comes after Portland's top administrator recommended gutting the Portland Building, renovating its interior and replacing nearly all of its mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of filling your gas tank in the Portland area keeps rising.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is about two-85, nearly two-cents higher than yesterday's average.  It's also 12-cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Undated)  --  A new report shows Washington and Oregon have among the highest rates of identity-theft complaints in the nation.  The Identity Theft Resource Center says Washington had about 155 ID theft complaints per 100-thousand people in 2014, good for second-highest in the U.S.  Oregon is third with about 125 complaints per 100-thousand.  Florida had the highest ID theft complaint rate, with about 186 per 100-thousand people.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Three Washington County sheriff's deputies are on paid administrative leave while they're under investigation for sexual misconduct.  "The Oregonian" reports the investigation began after the agency received an anonymous letter which claims the deputies engaged in sexual acts while on duty.  The letter also reportedly claims deputies had sex with new female deputies who were being evaluated and trained.  KGW-TV reports the Portland Police Bureau is investigating the allegations.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that's intended to keep drivers from lingering in the left lane along highways in the state.  The House has approved the bill, which would only allow driving in the left lane on highways for those preparing to make a left turn, passing another car, following traffic control devices, or in the midst of an emergency response.  The bill now heads to the Senate.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Transportation has an initiative underway that could replace the current state gas tax.  Residents can volunteer to participate in the program, in which a per-mile road-usage tax will be used to fund road and bridge projects across Oregon.  Supporters of the idea say gas-tax revenue is falling off because of more fuel-efficient gas vehicles and more electric and hybrid cars on the road.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for a man who broke into a Northeast Portland home and got into bed with an eleven-year-old girl.  Authorities say the man didn't harm or touch the child, but got up and left the home through a window when the girl awakened early yesterday morning.  Police say the incident happened at a townhome in the area of Northeast Cully Boulevard and Killingsworth Street.  Officials say the suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, five-feet-seven, medium build, with both ears pierced.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gas prices are still rising in the Portland area.  The average for regular is up two-and-a-half cents from yesterday, to two-dollars 84-cents a gallon.  That's 12-cents above the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at a half-million dollars for a 19-year-old, who's accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian and then driving away.  Police say Miranda Ashley Calvin had been drinking at a party prior to the deadly crash Saturday night in Gresham.  Authorities say 49-year-old Jerrie Ann Horning died at the scene and was found lying in the middle of West Powell Boulevard.  Calvin is scheduled to make her next court appearance on May 5th.

(North Bend, OR)  --  Two inmates who escaped from the Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend are back behind bars.  Authorities say Daniel Fullmer, who's from the Clackamas area, and Harland Brown escaped from the jail Sunday.  They were apprehended yesterday morning.  Fullmer was serving time for burglary and theft, and Brown was serving a sentence for meth possession and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

(Salem, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a Salem teen died in a longboarding accident.  Authorities say Joshua Robertson, who was a senior at West Salem High School, was riding his longboard with a friend along Northwest Eagle Crest Road in Salem yesterday when he lost control and fell backwards.  Deputies say Robertson hit his head on the pavement when he fell.  He died later at a hospital.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Washington man is scheduled to spend nearly eight years in federal prison for sex-trafficking.  Thirty-three-year-old John Henry "Lucky" Cyprian was arrested last June and later pleaded guilty to two counts of human trafficking.  Authorities say the case involved two women who were forced to work as prostitutes in Washington and Oregon.  Prosecutors say Cyprian was also ordered to pay the two women nearly 162-thousand dollars in restitution.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area drivers are paying more for gasoline.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-81, up a penny-and-a-half from yesterday's average.  It's also eleven cents higher than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man is set to be arraigned today in connection with the murder of his wife.  Authorities say John Coffey is accused of shooting 42-year-old Samantha Coffey to death in the couple's home on North Kerby Avenue.  Officials say John Coffey surrendered to officers after they arrived Saturday and found his wife's body.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices are steadily climbing.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is up about a penny from yesterday, to two-80 a gallon.  That's eleven cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Gresham, OR)  --  A 19-year-old Gresham woman is facing charges, following a deadly hit-and-run crash.  Police say Miranda Ashley Calvin is accused of driving away from the scene of the crash that killed 49-year-old Gresham resident Jerrie Ann Horning.  The wreck happened Saturday night in the area of West Powell Boulevard and 182nd Avenue.  Calvin has been booked on charges that include manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, and reckless driving.

(Portland, OR)  --  Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft are set to begin operating legally in Portland this afternoon.  It's the beginning of a 120-day pilot program allowing ride-shares to compete with traditional taxicab companies.  For the duration of the pilot program, cab companies will be able to set their fares as they see fit.  The Portland City Council approved the pilot program earlier this week.

(Aurora, OR)  --  The search continues for a small plane that vanished during a flight from Creswell to Vancouver.  Officials say the Piper Cherokee was being flown by 41-year-old Lee Cheshire Leslie of Vancouver.  The plane disappeared sometime after leaving Hobby Field around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.  KOIN-TV reports the search is being concentrated on a heavily-forested area that was on the original flight path.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would expand background checks to nearly all gun sales in Oregon is awaiting a floor vote in the House.  The Senate-passed measure was cleared yesterday by the House Rules Committee.  The bill would require private firearm sellers and purchasers to appear in person at a gun dealer, who would do the background check.  Governor Kate Brown says she supports the legislation.

(West Linn, OR)  --  A West Linn woman is facing charges of intimidation and harassment after being accused of leaving post-it notes containing racist messages on her neighbor's front door.  KATU-TV reports Eva Chapin left the messages following a dispute over parking.  Police say the notes contain racial slurs against the neighbor, who is African-American.

(Salem, OR)  --  A move to allow motorcyclists to travel between cars is advancing in the Oregon Legislature.  The Senate has approved a bill allowing motorcycles to pass between cars or trucks during highway traffic jams.  Supporters of the measure say if motorcyclists are allowed able to move between cars during traffic tie-ups, it will reduce congestion and help keep them out of harm's way without having to break the law.  The bill now moves on to the House.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are reporting that no explosives were found in a backpack that prompted a brief closure of Chapman Square.  Authorities say the unattended backpack was discovered yesterday, and police blocked off the square near the Federal Building.  A bomb-disposal unit investigated, and the all-clear was given a few minutes before three p.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is steadily moving up.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is just under two-75, which is nearly two cents higher than yesterday.  It's also about eight cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is facing murder charges in connection with a shooting death in February.  Police say Timothy J. Noe is accused of gunning down Esteban Del Cid of Tualatin on February 28th in Northeast Portland.  The victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died.  Noe was taken into custody Tuesday.

(Cresswell, OR)  --  A small plane that took off from Creswell on a flight to Vancouver is missing.  The Oregon Civil Air Patrol began searching for the single-engine Piper Cherokee, which left Hobby Field around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  The pilot is reported to be the only person on board.  The search is set to resume later this morning.

(Portland, OR)  --  An autopsy is being conducted on a body that was found floating in the Willamette River.  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies say the body was seen by a boater shortly before noon yesterday near the St. Johns Bridge.  The identity of the body hasn't been released.

(Beaverton, WA)  --  Two Beaverton police officers who shot a 29-year-old woman to death after she pointed an unloaded rifle at them won't face criminal charges.  The Washington County District Attorney's Office says officers Dan Coulson and James Beane were justified when they shot Chelsea Fresh outside her home last November.  Officials say Fresh moved toward the officers with the weapon.  Authorities say it wasn't until after she was shot that police found her gun wasn't loaded.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are seeing a steady rise in gas prices.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-73 a gallon, a penny-and-a-half higher than yesterday.  It's also seven cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Uber and other ride-share services will be allowed to operate in Portland during a 120-day pilot program.  The program was approved last night by the Portland City Council, which also voted to deregulate the taxi-cab industry for the duration of the pilot program.  City Commissioner Steve Novick says the experiment will provide fair competition.  Ride-share companies are expected to begin operating in Portland in the next few days.

(Portland, OR)  --  He's not an official candidate for president, but former Florida governor Jeb Bush stopped in Portland for two fundraisers.  Bush, whose father and brother are former presidents, appeared at a reception yesterday for photo-ops and handshakes.  Last night, Bush was at a 12-thousand-500-dollar-a-plate private dinner to raise money for his super-PAC Right to Rise.  He's expected to officially enter the presidential race in the coming weeks.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Four suspects are facing charges in connection with an attack on a man with a rubber mallet in Aloha.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say 20-year-old Mohamed Abukar, two 16-year-old males, and one 17-year-old male are accused of attacking the 39-year-old victim while he was walking his dog early yesterday morning.  Authorities say the man bought them beer as they requested and was returning with it when the attack began, and he was left with non-life-threatening injuries.  Two other suspects in the attack are still at large.

(Government Camp, OR)  --  Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots at the site of a fire that turned a Government Camp condominium building into a total loss.  The fire, which started Monday afternoon, displaced at least five families from the 30-unit Golden Poles Chalet condos.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze.  There were no reports of injuries.

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  The Wilsonville City Council says the city's ban on marijuana dispensaries will continue after a one-year moratorium on the businesses expires.  The moratorium is set to end on May 1st.  Officials say they won't allow pot businesses to operate in the Wilsonville city limits because marijuana is still outlawed by the federal government.  Oregon voters approved the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are getting higher.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular at just under two-72 a gallon, a penny-and-a-half above yesterday's average.  It's also a nickel a gallon higher than a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is dead and another seriously injured, following a single-vehicle crash in Northeast Portland.  Police say alcohol was believed to be a factor in the wreck that took place around three o'clock yesterday morning in the area of Northeast Columbia Boulevard and 33rd Avenue.  The car slammed into a large concrete pillar under the 33rd Avenue overpass.  The passenger, 19-year-old Alexandria Cooper, was ejected from the vehicle and died, and the driver is being treated for serious injuries.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say they were able to re-open the Sellwood Bridge hours ahead of schedule after closing it for the weekend.  Crews worked on shifting traffic lanes for a new west side approach, and the bridge wasn't due to reopen until early this morning.  But traffic began flowing again at ten o'clock yesterday morning.  The bridge is being replaced because of structural problems.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Lane County authorities say they've recovered the body of a man in the Willamette River between Jasper and Clearwater Landing.  Officials say the body was spotted yesterday afternoon by a group of people floating down the river.  Investigators believe the man fell from a boat that was later found about a half-mile from Jasper.  The man's name hasn't been released.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to approve a pilot program that could have ride-share services like Uber and Lyft operating in the city soon.  The proposal is backed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick.  It would also allow taxicab companies to set prices how they want while the pilot program is taking place.

(Portland, OR)  --  The latest Triple-A survey shows gas prices in the Portland area have gone up over the past week.  The average for regular is about two-68 a gallon, more than a penny higher than the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-46 a gallon.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being treated for a serious stab wound he suffered during an argument behind a Southeast Portland gas station.  Police say officers found the victim at a Shell station on Stark Street around one p.m. yesterday.  Authorities say the suspect, who's still at large, is a homeless man who's described as white, in his 20s, five-feet-seven, with a slim build and short, brown hair.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Officials say a Clark County Jail inmate who suffered a medical emergency last month died of lack of oxygen to his brain.  Mycheal J. Lynch of Vancouver died on March 22nd, two days after being booked on multiple charges.  Authorities say Lynch resisted when deputies tried to move him and was restrained, after which the medical emergency took place.  The Clark County Sheriff's Office told "The Oregonian" the investigation into Lynch's death is continuing.

(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Police are investigating a bomb threat made at Lake Oswego Junior High School.  Bomb-disposal personnel searched the school yesterday morning after the threat, which had been written on a bathroom wall, was found.  Students were moved out of the school while the search took place.  No explosive devices were found and students returned to class.  

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police report no known injuries after shots were fired yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the gunshots were heard in the area between Hall Boulevard and Lombardi Avenue, and officers found several shell casings on Southwest 12th Street.  Officials say six people in an apartment in the area have been interviewed, but there's no word on a suspect.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is under federal indictment after being accused of filing false tax returns.  Kelley has pleaded not guilty to those counts, as well as charges of attempted obstruction and possession of stolen property.  The indictment charges that Kelley committed the crimes in connection with a mortgage title services company he led prior to his election in 2012.  Governor Jay Inslee and other state officials are calling on Kelley to resign.

(Portland, OR)  --  Land near the Hawthorne Bridge will be the site of a new Multnomah County courthouse.  County commissioners voted yesterday to choose the site following geotechnical tests.  The commissioners say the site was chosen because the land is already owned by the county.  Construction of the courthouse is slated to begin in late 2016.

(Portland, OR)  --  A music teacher at Portland's Reynolds High School is accused of sending hundreds of personal text messages to students, even after being told to stop.  School district officials say Reynolds band teacher Justin Prunk sent inappropriate messages to four female students during the 2012-13 school year.  Officials say an investigation led to Prunk's teaching certificate being suspended for a year.

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is slated today to deliver her first State of the State address.  Today marks two months since Brown took over as Oregon governor, following the resignation of John Kitzhaber.  Kitzhaber and his fiancee are the subjects of an influence-peddling investigation.  Brown says her speech will include outlining her main priority for the state, which is to ensure economic recovery to give Oregonians the opportunity to make a better life for their families.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Washington is awaiting the governor's signature.  The Senate has given the final legislative nod to the bill, after initially voting to legalize powdered alcohol and give it the same restrictions as hard liquor.  A number of safety concerns were raised after the initial vote, from the product's potential appeal to children to suggestions the powdered mix could be misused in dangerous ways.

(Dallas, TX)  --  The aunt of a man accused of killing two people in Portland is coming to his defense.  Gwendolyn Dixon of Dallas, Texas, says she doesn't believe Colby Robinson was a killer because he had a good personality.  Dixon says her nephew was visiting Portland last week for his birthday.  Robinson, who was shot and killed Tuesday by police in a Dallas suburb, is accused of killing 33-year-old Gary Pham and 41-year-old Susie Chang, and critically wounding 35-year-old Andrew Pham, at an apartment in Southeast Portland on April 10th.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the death of a seven-month-old baby in Oregon City.  No arrests have been made so far in the death of Izaak Gillen, who was brought from a babysitter's home to a hospital on April 6th with a skull fracture.  Oregon City police say the baby's death is being investigated as a homicide.  Officials say it will likely be several days before details of what happened are released.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges of attempted murder in connection with a shooting that followed a birthday celebration.  Michael Damone Kent is accused of shooting his sister-in-law and a man as they sat in a vehicle outside Binks Bar on Northeast Alberta nearly two weeks ago.  Police say Kent became upset and jumped out of the car, then shot Tenniel Scott and Nehemiah Vaughan, who sped away from the scene but were involved in a crash moments later.  Both are expected to recover.

(Salem, OR)  --  A former employee with the Oregon Department of Human Services is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in welfare benefits.  Authorities say 29-year-old Danielle Straw took at least 60-thousand dollars from the agency from May 2009 to December 2014.  Straw worked as a human services specialist for DHS.  She's scheduled to make her next court appearance in June.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are slightly lower in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-66 a gallon, down a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also nearly three cents a gallon under the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say a man who was wanted in a double murder in Portland has been shot and killed by police in Texas.  Authorities say 26-year-old Colby Robinson was shot last night while trying to evade capture in DeSoto, Texas, a Dallas suburb.  Robinson, who was a resident of Dallas, was wanted in connection with a shooting in Southeast Portland that killed 33-year-old Dat Pham and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang last Friday.  Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Pham was critically wounded.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say the driver of a car that slammed into a Southeast Portland game store had a blood-alcohol content of point-247.  The crash happened on April 2nd at Red Castle Games on Foster and 58th Avenue in Portland.  Myles Jacob Nees is facing charges that include felony eluding a police officer, felony driving while suspended, and misdemeanor driving while under the influence of intoxicants.  Police say Nees drove at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour in a 35-mile-an-hour zone and rear-ended another vehicle after running a red light.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The University of Oregon has a new president.  Michael Schill, who will become the school's 18th president, has been serving as dean and Harry N. Wyatt professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School.  Schill was chosen among four finalists, and will take over as president on July 1st.  He'll succeed Michael Gottfredson, who was Oregon's president for two years before resigning last August.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Oregon City police are investigating the death of a seven-month-old baby as a homicide.  Authorities say the infant was injured earlier this month at a babysitter's home in Oregon City.  The child was brought to a hospital with a skull fracture and died on April 7th.  Police say the baby's parents have fully cooperated with the investigation.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The National Weather Service is investigating reports of a small tornado in Eugene.  Witnesses reported the twister touched down in a parking lot at Lane Community College shortly after four p.m. yesterday, lifting and overturning two cars and damaging two others.  No injuries were reported.

(Portland, OR)  --  The proposed budget for Portland Public Schools aims to restore all-day kindergarten and increase the number of teachers.  Superintendent Carole Smith presented the 579-million-dollar budget last night, saying the goals of the plan include accelerating third-grade reading, reducing exclusionary discipline, and speeding up graduation and completion.  The School Board will hold town-hall meetings on the proposed budget, one at Franklin High School on the evening of April 21st and the other at Roosevelt High School on the 27th.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly less for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is down about a half-cent from yesterday, at just under two-67 a gallon.  That's three cents cheaper than a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-39 a gallon.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a fight between two 15-year-old girls in Aloha ended with one of them being stabbed.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the altercation happened around 8:20 last night at Aloha-Huber Park School.  Deputies say the fight was prearranged to "air out some grievances," and it ended when one of the teens was stabbed multiple times.  She's expected to survive, and the accused assailant is being held on charges of second-degree assault.

(Portland, OR)  --  About one-thousand commercial-building owners in Portland could be required to report their energy use to the city.  The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to vote on an ordinance under which those figures would have to be reported every year to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  The city would begin publicizing the reports, and officials say the aim is to encourage reduced energy use to help in the fight against climate change.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the new law would apply to buildings over 50-thousand square feet next year, and over 20-thousand square feet in 2017.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gas prices are still falling in the Portland area.  The current average for regular is about two-67 a gallon, down three cents a gallon from a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area for about two-90 a gallon at this point in March.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue their investigation of a shooting that killed two people and seriously wounded a third at an apartment in Southeast Portland.  The Friday night shooting at the unit near Southeast Division Street and 85th Avenue killed 33-year-old Dat Pham and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang.  Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Toan Pham is listed in critical condition, and an infant who was also in the apartment wasn't injured.  Police have made no arrests.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man accused of being under the influence while driving is in custody after crashing into the yard of a Hillsboro residence.  Police say 30-year-old Mathew White drove his Toyota pickup through a fence and into the yard on Old Cornelius Pass Road yesterday afternoon.  White was injured, and was arrested on DUII charges while at the hospital.  Police say witnesses saw White traveling at high speeds before the crash.


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