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(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality says air-quality tests in Southeast Portland continue to show levels of toxic chromium in the air.  DEQ air-quality manager Keith Johnson tells KATU-TV even though furnaces at Bullseye Glass aren't using chromium, firing them up is believed to be mobilizing chromium that remains in the smoke stacks.  Johnson says DEQ has given Bullseye until September 1st to clean its exhaust stacks and remove the residual chromium.  Bullseye Glass contends the latest DEQ tests are inconclusive.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight from Texas to Oregon is to remain behind bars until his trial.  Authorities say 26-year-old Chad Cameron Camp was arrested earlier this summer after the teen reported he had inappropriately touched her.  A grand jury indicted Camp on a charge of abusive sexual contact.  A trial date has been set for September 6th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that left a pedestrian seriously injured in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say a woman was hit at the intersection of Northeast 8th Avenue and Prescott Street around 6:45 yesterday evening.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  The woman's injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to improve safety conditions for workers at the former plutonium production facility at Hanford.  Ferguson has filed an emergency motion to force improvements in worker-safety conditions at the site.  The motion requests that a federal judge intervene in site operations to protect workers from being exposed to toxic chemical vapors.  Ferguson tells KING-5 that there's a "culture of indifference" by the federal government and its contractors, and says he'd like to see the judge take immediate action.



(Salem, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a crash that killed a woman and injured her nine-year-old daughter in Salem.  Authorities say 19-year-old Estaban Alvarez-Ayala was driving east on Silverton Road around 11:20 yesterday morning when he crossed into the westbound lane and crashed into a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Shana Lucas of Salem.  Lucas died at the scene, and her daughter suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  The crash forced the closure of the immediate stretch of Silverton Road for hours.



(Arlington, OR)  --  A wildfire is reported to be burning in Gilliam County.  Authorities say the fire was reported early this morning in the vicinity of Hay Canyon Road near Arlington.  KOIN-TV reports the Arlington and Condon fire departments are working to extinguish the flames.  Some voluntarily evacuations are in effect.



(Washington Co., OR)  --  Authorities are investigating, after a Molalla man was killed in a cement-truck crash.  Washington County sheriff's deputies say the truck flipped on its side and went off the road as it was heading down a steep hill yesterday in the 38-thousand block of Southwest Laurel Road.  The man has been identified as 51-year-old David Gilbreath.  Deputies say there's no indication drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.



(Federal Way, WA)  --  The FBI says a 14-year-old girl from Florida who disappeared while visiting family in Skagit County has been found safe in Federal Way.  Katelynn Barlow vanished last weekend from a relative's home in the Big Lake area.  FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich says the teen appeared to be healthy and unharmed when she was found yesterday at a mall south of Seattle.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Public Schools is now in the process of finding an interim replacement for departed Superintendent Carole Smith.  The school board met yesterday to discuss what they're looking for in a candidate.  Smith stepped aside Monday, rather than wait until the end of the next school year to retire.  She's been under fire over reports of lead in the drinking water at district schools.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's unemployment rate is holding steady, hitting five-point-eight percent for the seventh straight month.  The Washington Employment Security Department says the state lost 500 jobs from May 2016 to June 2016, but has gained nearly 97-thousand jobs since June 2015.  The department says private-sector employment increased by about one-thousand jobs, but government employment fell by 15-hundred for a net loss of 500 jobs in June.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Authorities say a Beaverton man accused of murder in Aloha is now also facing charges of child rape.  A grand jury has added to the indictment of Roger Emir Gastelum-Medina, tacking on charges of delivering methamphetamine, third-degree rape, and second-degree sexual abuse.  Gastelum-Medina is accused of having sex with a minor between March and June of this year.  He's facing murder and weapons charges that stem from a June shooting near a park in Aloha.



(Cleveland, OH)  --  Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison says Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a traitor to the party for not endorsing Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.  Cruz was met by a chorus of boos from the crowd of conventioneers yesterday, after he urged them to follow their conscience and "unite behind shared principals."  Cruz dropped out of the presidential race after trading an almost daily barrage of barbs with Trump, who continued to earn primary victories leading to his nomination.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland Public Schools employee accused of sexually abusing students says he's not guilty.  Brett Christy-Hamilton, who was a paraeducator at Whitman Elementary School, entered the plea yesterday to charges of first-degree sex abuse.  He's currently on administrative leave.  Police say the crimes were reported to have occurred at the school.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are being treated at hospitals, after a fiery crash on the Interstate 5 bridge.  Authorities say the fire was reported around 3:30 this morning, following the crash in the lanes heading into Portland from Vancouver.  Police say it appears an SUV crashed into a construction truck on the bridge.  All southbound lanes were shut down for about a half-hour.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Police believe a string of property fires that took place in Northwest Portland are cases of arson.  Authorities say the fires happened between two and four o'clock yesterday morning, and the items set afire included a Jeep Wrangler, shopping carts, a Porta Potty, and recycling bins.  The blazes kept fire crews busy for several hours.  Anyone who has information on the fires is being urged to call 503-823-3700.



(SeaTac, WA)  --  Authorities say they've arrested a Transportation Security Administration agent at Sea-Tac Airport near Seattle, after he was accused of recording an upskirt video.  The man was arrested Tuesday, following reports he was taking pictures of womens' skirts at the airport.  The suspect, who's described as a "lead agent," was arrested and booked for investigation of voyeurism.  His name hasn't been released.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man who stabbed another man to death after being picked up while hitchhiking is scheduled to spend the rest of his life in prison.  Prosecutors charged Michael Stepina with murder after 55-year-old Timothy Way was stabbed 66 times at the French Prairie Rest Area near Wilsonville last October.  Stepina was sentenced yesterday to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years.  A jury found Stepina guilty following a two-week trial.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who's accused of burglarizing homes and stealing cars.  Authorities say the man broke into a Southeast Portland home around midnight and stole a 2004 Mazda and later stole another vehicle on Southeast 51st Avenue.  Police say both vehicles were later found abandoned.  Officials say the man was later tracked to a shed on Southeast Franklin Street, where he was taken into custody.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  A Pierce County, Washington, man who pleaded guilty to leaving his baby daughter in a car in freezing temperatures is to receive treatment.  The twelve-month alternative to confinement has been ordered for Michael Dufour of Milton.  Officials say Dufour must serve a day in jail, after which he'll be released to the treatment program.  The 15-month-old girl suffered frostbite and hypothermia after being left alone in the car for an undetermined amount of time on January 9th.



(Mount Vernon, WA)  --  The FBI is now involved in investigating the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl in Skagit County, Washington.  Authorities say Katelynn Barlow vanished Sunday while visiting the Big Lake area from Florida with her family.  Q-13 reports investigators found Katelynn's cell phone at the Smokey Point rest area in Snohomish County near Interstate 5, about 32 miles from where she was last seen.  Authorities describe Katelynn as white, five-foot-one, about 120 pounds, with shoulder-length red hair.  Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.



(Portland, OR)  --  An employee with Portland Public Schools is facing charges, after being accused of sexually abusing a minor.  Prosecutors say 31-year-old Brett Christy-Hanson, who was recently a paraeducator at Whitman Elementary School, is charged with sexually abusing a person under the age of 14 in early November 2015.  He's been on administrative leave since November 5th.



(Columbia River Gorge, OR)  --  Officials say a hiker who had gotten lost in the Columbia River Gorge is now safe.  Search-and-rescue crews found the 58-year-old hiker overnight near the Bull Run watershed.  The man reportedly got separated from his spouse around 6:30 last night during the hike.  KATU-TV reports search teams found the man and he was reunited with his family around 1:30 this morning.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who was arrested for pulling a loaded gun at a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland is out of jail.  Thirty-six-year-old Michael Strickland is accused of pointing the gun at protesters near the Justice Center on July 7th.  Police say Strickland was also found to be carrying several magazines and a pocket knife.  He was released Monday after posting bail. 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's superintendent of public instruction is suing seven school districts across the state over school-employee compensation.  Superintendent Randy Dorn says the districts are illegally using local property tax levies to supplement the salaries of school employees who should be paid out of the state budget.  Dorn told the Tacoma "News Tribune" he filed the lawsuit out of frustration that lawmakers aren't doing more to meet the state Supreme Court mandate to fully fund public education.  The state is named as a defendant in the suit, which also names school districts in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Puyallup, Vancouver, Bellevue, and Everett.



(King Co., WA)  --  Washington state troopers say the first reported crash related to a game of Pokemon Go has been recorded.  Police say the driver of a Honda admitted to being distracted by the popular smartphone game Monday when he slammed into a Chevrolet from behind on State Route 202 in Fall City.  Troopers say the woman driving the Chevy was stopped while trying to make a left turn when she was hit, but neither she nor her passenger suffered injuries.  "USA Today" reports that 26-million people in the U.S. alone have downloaded Pokemon Go.



(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Powerball drawing is for the largest jackpot since January 13th, when more than one-point-five billion dollars was split among three holders of winning tickets.  Tonight's grand prize is an estimated 361-million dollars.  The cash option will be more than 250-million.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man accused of killing three people and leaving a fourth person wounded in Woodland is slated to be arraigned on August 1st.  Authorities say 35-year-old Brent Luyster [[ LIE-stur ]] is suspected of committing the crimes Friday night at a home on Northwest 417th Street in Woodland.  Police began the investigation after a woman showed up at a convenience store around 10:20 Friday night with a gunshot wound to the face.  Luyster is facing charges of murder in the first degree, attempted murder, and unlawful use of a weapon.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  An ordinance that would prohibit all future crude-oil facilities in Vancouver's industrial zone will go before the governor, following a unanimous vote by the City Council.  The Council took the vote yesterday, following public testimony and protests over the issue.  Arguments included the importance of economic impact, safety, and effect on the environment.  Governor Jay Inslee will decide on whether to ban a proposed project in which a rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal would be built in Vancouver along the Columbia River.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say an electrical problem caused a small fire at the Portland office of the National Weather Service.  The office's services were knocked out as firefighters extinguished the blaze Sunday night.  KOIN-TV reports weather offices in Seattle and Medford backed up the Portland office while repairs were made.  Damage is estimated at 15-thousand dollars.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Health officials say Washington's 12th known case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Pierce County.  The patient is reported to be in his 20s and recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico.  The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department says the man hasn't been hospitalized and is recovering from his symptoms.  Officials say all cases of Zika in Washington are associated with travel to regions where the virus is spreading.
 



(Estacada, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a crash that killed two people and injured four others in Estacada.  The wreck took place around 10:45 Saturday night on Oregon 224 in the area of the Memaloose Bridge and 45 Road.  A seven-year-old child died at the scene, and another person died while being airlifted to a hospital.  No names have been released.



(Chehalis, WA)  --  Authorities say two people, including an Oregon resident, died in a crash near Chehalis, Washington.  The dead have been identified as 60-year-old Jody M. Bagnariol of Hillsboro and 50-year-old Elisabeth R. Rudolph of Seattle.  Police say they were taken to a hospital after they were hit from behind by another car Saturday afternoon.  They both died yesterday.  One other person was injured.



(Spokane Valley, WA)  --  A Spokane Valley teenager has first-hand experience with one of the hazards associated with playing Pokemon Go.  The 17-year-old told KHQ-TV he and his friend were playing the game Friday night at Greenacres Baptist Church when they heard footsteps from behind.  The teen says he was grabbed by the collar, punched in the back of the head, and pushed to the ground.  The teen suffered minor injuries.  There's no word on a description of the attacker, who ran away when a Good Samaritan stopped his car nearby and honked his horn.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports a slight drop in the price of gasoline in the Portland area.  The average is two-53 for a gallon of regular, about a half-cent lower than at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-21 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is ordering its officers to ride in pairs as a safety precaution, following the shooting deaths of three law-enforcement officers in Baton Rouge.  Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson tells KATU-TV the bureau began flying flags at half-staff following the deadly shootings of five Dallas police officers, and they'll remain that way for a while longer following yesterday's shootings in Baton Rouge.  Simpson says other changes in Portland police policy, if any, won't likely happen until more details are made available on yesterday's shootings.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Police say a 13-year-old girl from Vancouver is back with her family, after she had been reported missing.  Authorities say Patience Nicole Freimuth had not been seen since she vanished after leaving her home with friends on July 12th.  KOIN-TV reports the teen was brought back to her home last night after an alert citizen saw her and contacted police.



(Cleveland, OH)  --  The chair of the Washington State Republican Party says she expects a "fun party" at the Republican National Convention, which will get underway this evening in Cleveland.  Susan Hutchinson told the Everett "Herald" that she's looking for an entertaining convention because likely presidential nominee Donald Trump "knows people respond to the experience."  Oregon delegate and state Representative Bill Post of Keizer described the convention to "The Oregonian" as "one big party with a formality attached."



(Salem, OR)  --  The Powerball grand prize is taking another step up after no jackpot winners were produced by the weekend drawing.  The estimated top prize for the Wednesday night drawing will be 361-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be more than 250-million.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a homeowner shot an intruder to death early this morning at a house in Southeast Portland.  The incident happened in the 83-hundred block of Southeast 64th Avenue, shortly before one o'clock.  The homeowner suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.  No names have been released.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Authorities say a murder suspect has died two days after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Clark County Jail.  Officials say David Barker, who was accused of the May 2015 murder of Sharon Allison of Vancouver, likely committed suicide.  Barker was arrested in March and was awaiting trial for the murder.  There's no word yet on the manner of Barker's death.



(Tualatin, OR)  --  Tualatin police say a man was killed in a motorcycle crash.  Authorities say 33-year-old Omar Ramirez-Lopez lost control of the motorcycle early yesterday on Southwest Upper Boones Ferry Road and left the roadway, then slammed into a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Pierce County, Washington officials are trying to connect families of 37 deceased people with their cremated remains.  The county Medical Examiner's Office says the ashes are currently being stored in an evidence locker.  Officials say one of the deceased died in 1998, but most of the remains are those of people who have died during the past couple of years.  The Medical Examiner's Office says ashes that go unclaimed will be loaded onto a boat and taken to Puget Sound to be scattered.



(Olympia, WA)  --   Edible marijuana products sold at legal pot retailers across Washington will soon be required to carry a label that reads "Not For Kids."  The state Liquor and Cannabis Board says the words will be printed in bold, red letters adjacent to a big red hand, with the goal of making children think twice before eating the products.  The label was unveiled yesterday by representatives of the board and the Washington Poison Center.  The poison center says it's responded to 65 emergency calls for kids accidentally consuming marijuana since last year.



(Spokane, WA)  --  Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell is making changes that aim to increase punishment for intoxicated drivers.  Haskell says beginning August 1st, drivers who post a blood-alcohol level above point-12 will not be allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.  He says there will also be no negotiating for any second or subsequent DUI.  Those charged with DUI for the first time will be required to plead as charged for a blood-alcohol level of point-12 or higher.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Pierce County officials are trying to connect families of 37 deceased people with their cremated remains.  The county Medical Examiner's Office says the ashes are currently being stored in an evidence locker.  Officials say one of the deceased died in 1998, but most of the remains are those of people who have died during the past couple of years.  The Medical Examiner's Office says ashes that go unclaimed will be loaded onto a boat and taken to Puget Sound to be scattered.



(Olympia, WA)  --  The jackpot keeps getting higher in the Powerball game.  The 311-million-dollar grand prize went untouched in last night's drawing, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 333-million for the drawing Saturday night.  The cash option will be 237-million-dollars.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  A former Estacada city councilor is awaiting sentencing, after pleading no contest to charges of sexually abusing a young female relative for six years.  Thirty-four-year-old Curt Steininger also pleaded no contest yesterday to possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors will recommend an eight-year sentence as part of a plea agreement with Steininger.  He won a seat on the Estacada City Council in 2012 and resigned in 2014, citing family obligations.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are warning the public about a telephone scam in which someone posing as an officer demands money.  The Police Bureau says callers claim to be police officers or sheriff's deputies and demand money to satisfy alleged outstanding fines, missed jury duty, or an arrest warrant.  Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson says the scammers typically instruct targets to buy reloadable cards and call back with the numbers.  Simpson says real law-enforcement officers never call people on the phone and demand they pay off fines or taxes or respond to warrants.



(Undated)  --  A CNBC ranking of the business climate among the 50 states places Washington state at sixth overall.  The scorecard rates Washington tops in technology and innovation, and gives the state high scores in quality of life and the state of its economy.  However, the CNBC survey ranks Washington only 37th in the category of cost of living.  Utah ranks number one in business climate, while Oregon is ranked 17th overall.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Tacoma will be joining other Washington communities in banning single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailers.  The Tacoma City Council voted yesterday to adopt the ordinance, which will take effect in a year.  Retailers will be required to charge a fee of at least five-cents for paper bags and other carryout bags, and that fee will be kept by the retailer.  The Council rejected a substitute proposal that would have charged a five-cent fee for paper and plastic.
 



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Authorities say a Beaverton woman with severe dementia who had been reported missing is doing fine after being found safe.  Police say 65-year-old Bonnie Clark vanished around one o'clock yesterday afternoon after last being seen at her home in the area near Southwest Murray Boulevard and Maverick Terrace.  Clark was considered to be in danger because of her dementia.  Police reported last night Clark had been found unharmed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say water running through fixtures at Jefferson High School is more likely to contain high levels of lead than at any other Portland public school.  "The Oregonian" cites lab tests that show 60 percent of the school's 330 water sources gave off water with lead at or above the federal limit of 15 parts per billion.  The tests show water samples containing lead at ten to 37 times that level were found in ten drinking fountains at Jefferson High.  The EPA says action must be taken to remove lead from water systems if they're found with levels of 15 parts per billion or higher.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say two Portland public-school students who were found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood contracted the toxin from household sources, rather than at school.  The Multnomah County Health Department says the two students were the only ones found to have elevated lead levels among the 519 children and adults who were tested last month at Creston and Rose City Park schools.  The department says the source of the lead exposure was found to have come from the children's homes.  PPS officials reiterate that all schools will dispense bottled water through the 2016-17 school year.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area law enforcement agencies are urging players of the popular Pokemon Go game to exercise caution and vigilance.  The warning comes after a Forest Grove man was stabbed earlier this week by a stranger while playing the game.  Two brothers found a loaded gun yesterday while playing Pokemon Go in a field in Hazel Dell.  The warnings have been issued by the Washington Department of Transportation, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.    
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  The president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild says he's stepping down, following a controversial social-media post on the deadly shootings of five Dallas police officers.  Guild president Ron Smith posted a Facebook message last week which read "The hatred of law enforcement by a minority movement is disgusting."  Smith says he posted the message in the heat of the moment and didn't mean to offend anyone.  His resignation as Officers Guild president is to take effect July 31st.



(Salem, OR)  --  The grand prize in tonight's Powerball drawing is well above the 300-million-dollar mark.  The jackpot has grown to an estimated 311-million, with a lump-sum cash option of 221-million dollars.  The last Powerball ticket to win the top prize was bought in New Jersey on May 7th, and was worth 284-million dollars.



(Happy Valley, OR)  --  A 40-year-old man is behind bars, after engaging sheriff's deputies in a standoff while he was in a treehouse in Happy Valley.  Clackamas County authorities say a homeowner reported a trespasser was occupying the treehouse yesterday afternoon.  Behavioral health specialists and members of the county hostage negotiation team were dispatched to the property to try to persuade Troy Miller to come down from the treehouse, and were finally successful after about two hours.  Miller is facing charges that include possession of meth, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State University officials say a member of the school's soccer team has died at the age of 19.  John Chambers died Friday in Corvallis.  He had completed his freshman year during the spring.  There's no word on cause of death.  Chambers graduated from Sprague High School in Salem before attending Oregon State.



(Pasco, WA)  --  Testimony will resume today in the trial of former Pasco, Washington police officer Richard Aguirre.  Prosecutors have charged Aguirre with sexually assaulting a close family member.  He's accused of committing the assault when the woman spent the night at his home in Franklin County in November 2014.  Aguirre has also been charged with a 1986 murder in Spokane.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports gas prices in the Portland area are steady from yesterday.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-52, which is also the same as a week ago and two cents higher than the average at this time last month.  The national average for regular is two-23 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a two-vehicle crash that left a Portland woman dead.  Authorities say 58-year-old Diana Miller-Dixon died Saturday when her car was hit by another vehicle near North Rosa Parks Way at Delaware Avenue.  Officials say 21-year-old Rayna Johnson ran a red light at the intersection and slammed into Miller-Dixon's car.  Police say Miller-Dixon died at the scene and her passenger was injured, and two passengers in Johnson's car were also injured.



(Astoria, OR)  --  Two Clatsop County men are accused of filming sexual acts last year with a 16-year-old girl and sharing the video with fellow students at Knapps High School.  Police say Cody James Carsner and James Michael Hendrickson are both 18 or older and are facing multiple charges.  Carsner and Hendrickson were indicted by a grand jury in June.  KATU-TV reports each is being held on bail of a quarter-million dollars.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The mysterious case of D.B. Cooper is closed.  That's the word from the FBI on the case involving the 1971 hijacking of a Boeing jet from Portland to Seattle.  An FBI spokesperson says the bureau has redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case "in order to focus on other investigative priorities."  Investigators believe the man who called himself D.B. Cooper parachuted from the plane over Lake Merwin near Ariel, Washington with 200-thousand dollars in ransom money, but neither the suspect nor the money has ever been found.



(Spokane, WA)  --  Thirteen people are facing charges in connection with a child sex sting operation in Spokane.  The five-day operation, known as "Operation Net Nanny," involved several state and federal law enforcement agencies.  All suspects have made appearances in court on charges related to child rape.  Police say the operation included an undercover officer posing as a mother offering her three children to others for sex in a Craigslist ad.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  A Linn County woman is behind bars, after being accused of stabbing a man in a fight over a purse.  Authorities say 31-year-old Christina Marr stabbed the 57-year-old man she lived with multiple times during the altercation at their home in the community of Foster Saturday night.  The man, identified as Scott Hall, is expected to recover.  Marr has been charged with first-degree assault.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's new State Supreme Court clerk is the first woman to be appointed to that position.  Susan Carlson succeeds Ron Carpenter, who retired after ten years.  Carlson worked in the state Attorney General's Office, State Senate, Chelan County Prosecutor's office, and the Administrative Office of the Courts before joining the Supreme Court in 2007.  She was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Officials are trying to find out what caused a mechanical malfunction that led to the seven-hour shutdown of the State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge in Washington.  The span was closed around 8:17 yesterday morning after it was raised to allow marine traffic through, then got stuck.  The state transportation department told KING-5 that engineers were able to lower the span manually by around 2:30 p.m., then reinstalled a piece of equipment that was removed during the lowering process.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices are steady in the Portland area.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for regular is two-52 a gallon, roughly the same as a week ago.  It's only about two cents a gallon above the average at this point in June.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland church is calling for peace following a week that included deadly police-involved shootings across the country.  Hundreds of people of different faiths gathered yesterday at Augustana Lutheran Church for a service in remembrance of five Dallas police officers who were shot to death and two black men who were shot and killed in Minnesota and Louisiana.  Augustana pastor Mark Knutson says the faith community needs to spark change across the country, and says lawmakers need to pass a ban on assault weapons in Oregon.



(Clackamas, OR)  --  Authorities say two women were able to escape a house fire that was battled by 20 firefighters in Clackamas.  The blaze was reported yesterday morning in the 13-thousand-500 block of Southeast Barbara Jean Court.  The women made it outside safely before firefighters arrived.  The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says current railroad safety standards don't go far enough to protect communities from oil-train derailments.  The governor is requesting that federal regulators issue an emergency order to require railroads that haul Bakken oil send safety inspectors to walk the rail lines at least 24 hours before transporting the volatile crude.  Currently, the federal rail administration requires two mechanical inspections per week, rather than requiring that inspectors physically walk the rail looking for problems.  "The Columbian" quotes Inslee as saying tracks should be inspected at least once per day.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Powerball jackpot will grow larger after going untouched over the weekend.  The grand prize for Wednesday night's drawing will be an estimated 311-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be more than 221-million.  In case you missed it, Friday night's Mega Millions drawing was won by the holder of a ticket purchased in Indiana, worth 536-million dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau is responding to the shooting in Dallas that claimed the lives of multiple cops.  About a dozen police officers were shot during the incident.  Last night, the Portland Police said via Twitter "Our thoughts are with the Dallas P-D after the unbelievable acts of cowardice that injured and killed several officers tonight."



(Portland, OR)  --  The son of Former Governor John Kitzhaber says he was drinking before he crashed his car.  Logan Kitzhaber crossed over the centerline on Highway-101 and crashed into an R-V.  An affidavit that was filed on Tuesday says he admitted to having a beer before the crash.  He faces multiple charges, but hasn't been formally charged yet.



(McMinnville, OR)  --  An infant who went missing is safe.  Police say ten-month-old Audrianna Blair had been missing since Tuesday evening.  She was found yesterday evening at a campground in Tillamook County.


 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

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

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

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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