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12-2-16 Portland city council adopts "Vision Zero" plan

Dec 2, 2016
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The week in Oregon politics for Friday, December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016
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Copyright 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In eastern Tennessee, officials say a wildfire that tore through resort towns in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains earlier this week killed at least 13 people and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures, according to local officials and the state emergency management agency.

The confirmed death toll in and around the tourist town of Gatlinburg in Sevier County has climbed steadily since the fire raced into town overnight on Monday.

Charles Urdy, 82, met his first wife at Charlie’s Playhouse, a now-shuttered club on E. 11th Street in Austin.

“I just walked in,” said Urdy, a former Austin City Council member and professor at Huston-Tillotson University. “A friend of mine and his girlfriend and this young lady were sitting at a table together. And I just walked in.”

In a shocking upset, election officials say an opposition candidate has defeated Gambia's longtime leader in the country's presidential vote. This sets the stage for what could be the small West African country's first-ever peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from the U.K. in 1965.

Now that it's December, the radio airwaves are filled once again with beloved holiday classics. But there's one tune that we hear this time of year which a lot of people find kind of creepy.

This week, Twin Cities-based musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski released a re-worked version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" that has a more modern, less coercive tone.

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The Minnesota Vikings nearly beat the NFL's best team, the Dallas Cowboys, but came up a little short last night.

The final score was 17-15. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about what the loss means for the team's chances to make the playoffs.

The Minnesota Vikings nearly beat the NFL's best team, the Dallas Cowboys, but came up a little short last night.

To say President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration has public health and environmental advocates worried may be an understatement.  Like a lot of Republicans, Trump wants to roll back environmental protections and some people are already protesting his positions in the streets.

But, beyond protest, how will these groups push their agendas under the next administration? 

Tonight, a unique holiday tradition begins its 30th year at the Walker Art Center: the annual screening of the best British Television Awards. Over the next month, the British Arrows will play to an expected 27,000 people — more than anywhere else in the world.

"If you talk to us in London about this — and by the way, that's London, obviously, England, not London, Ontario — we can't really believe it," said Charlie Crompton, chair of the British Arrows Board of Directors.

There were nearly 300 incidents of sexual assault reported to Minnesota college campuses last year, and just about one-sixth were reported to law enforcement.

That's according to the state's first-ever data report on campus sexual assault released Thursday, which aims to track the incidents in a more detailed fashion than required by federal policy.

Of the 294 incidents reported in 2015, 64 were investigated, 108 were referred for discipline and 55 were reported to law enforcement.

• Related: Myriad options, pressures can silence sex assault victims

Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the warm weather this fall.

He says it was the warmest September through November on record.

But, that's about to end soon, as he forecasts the return of below average temperatures coming soon.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the warm weather this fall.

He says it was the warmest September through November on record.

High-end apartments have come to dominate the rental market in downtown Austin. A few years ago, those developments saw a sharp drop in occupancy as new units flooded the market, but the market seems to be on its way to stabilizing.

Americans continue to be divided along partisan lines over Obamacare, with an overwhelming percentage of Democrats favoring it and an equal share of Republicans having unfavorable views, according to a newly released Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

But when it comes to an actual gutting of Obamacare, there's doesn't appear to be a lot of support.

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