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Traffic Increase Expected With Portland Aerial Tram Closure

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South Portland commuters will face with more traffic over the next five weeks as OHSU’s aerial tram closes for maintenance.

Specialist crews from the Austrian-Swiss company Doppelmayr will be servicing the four thick cable ropes that carry the gondolas from Portland’s South Waterfront district up to Pill Hill and back.

Ray Gardner, who manages the tram, said those ropes have been sitting in one place since the tram opened 12 years ago and thus it's time for maintenance work. 

At a cost of $300,000, it’s the most extensive regular maintenance project the tram faces.

I live in Denver, Colorado, 1,500 miles from the border with Mexico.

But in May and June of this year, I cared for three toddlers, each 1 to 2 years old, who were separated from their parents at the border. They were my patients. All of the information I learned about them, I obtained from their foster parents. While I have no way to independently verify what I was told, I also have no reason to doubt the information that I was given.

The Week In Oregon Politics For Friday, June 22, 2018

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Muhammed Erdogan is six hours late for his meetings in the headquarters of his construction business in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa. He has three cell phones and they all keep ringing.

Erdogan says he’s still recovering from the previous day’s campaigning in the hot sun for his hero and namesake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Presidential and parliamentary elections are set for June 24 and Muhammed Erdogan is running as the only Syrian Turk in the race.


We hear opinions and analysis on this week’s news from Robin Ye, Scott Bruun and Anna Griffin.

Activists are teaching people who use drugs to test their supplies to see if they're contaminated with the dangerous opioid fentanyl.

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The city's parking prices are edging up and figure to ramp up more.

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Enbridge Energy says its customers want more oil, and if a new pipeline doesn't bring it to them, it will get there on trains instead.

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A federal grand jury has issued a five-count indictment against Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris, part of a group called the White Rabbit Militia.

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Oregon School Forms To Include 3rd Gender Option

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The Oregon Department of Education is introducing a new gender option for students and teachers.

Starting this September — the new school year — they’ll have the option of marking "X" for gender on school forms, instead of just "M" for male or "F" for female.

The state says the new option gives people who identify as non-binary or gender-fluid a choice other than male or female. That choice will be included as part of the education department’s "Secure Student Identifier" code or "Unique Staff Identifier Number."

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum plan to sue the Trump administration to ensure children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are reunited.

Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington were the only lawmakers from the two Pacific Northwest states to support a hardline immigration bill that failed on the House floor Thursday.

A U.S. District Court judge in Tacoma has ruled that seven of eight claims brought by the Chinook Indian Nation will move forward. It’s a victory for the tribe, which has been fighting for recognition for more than a century.

The August 2017 lawsuit stems from the tribe’s ongoing battle to gain federal status. Tribal members packed a federal courthouse last month to hear oral arguments on a motion filed by the U.S. Department of the Interior to dismiss the case.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes from states where stores lack a physical presence.

In Oregon, where there is no sales tax, small businesses are worried they’ll have to buy expensive software to determine how much to charge for each purchase from each state.

Days before a landmark Supreme Court decision is expected, Oregonians are launching an attack on a large public employee union.

Seven state, county and city employees filed suit in U.S. District Court earlier this week, claiming the state has infringed on their constitutional rights by forcing them to pay for collective bargaining and other services.

The suit was filed against Gov. Kate Brown, the director of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services and a key public employee union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 75.

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About two miles up the hill from Sheridan's lone coffee shop, 123 immigrant detainees are being held inside the nearby Federal Correctional Institution.

Michael Ryan, 70, sips his coffee and wonders why.

"And why do these people get automatically tagged as enemies of the country?" said Ryan, who's sitting in the Bridge Street Coffee House with a group of regulars. "I don’t understand it."

Sheridan is a small, rural town in Yamhill County. In 2016, President Donald Trump won the county with about 48 percent of the vote. 

3 Things To Do in Minnesota This Weekend

Jun 21, 2018

The Art Hounds recommend a musical inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, plus Don Giovanni in Duluth and Shakespeare in St. Anthony Park.

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Will small-town consumers buy healthy, regionally grown food from their local grocer, even if it costs a little more? Specialty farmers watching an experiment this summer at Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in Clinton, Minn., hope the answer is yes.

Trump covered a lot of ground in his speech. MPR News reporters Briana Bierschbach and Brian Bakst check the facts in the speech.

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Frightening stories about climate change seem to come in a never-ending wave these days.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending his administration’s policy of separating migrant children and parents at the southern border. Instead, the order says, they will be kept together in detention as their legal cases are resolved.

China is threatening to impose new tariffs on lobsters from the U.S. in what could be the latest volley in a growing trade war. But the American lobster industry is already starting to feel the impact of steel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Bob Morris opens the bulkhead doors to his basement in Rockport, Massachusetts, and heads down into his workshop. Morris is a lifelong lobsterman, and when he's not out hauling lobster traps, he's building them in his basement.

Oregon's Booming CBD Market Readies For A Crackdown

Jun 20, 2018

The market for the non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis — CBD — is growing rapidly.

But there’s concern its medical effects are being oversold.

CBD is marketed for everything from back pain to multiple sclerosis, and often appears in products like creams and chocolates.

Speaking on OPB’s "Think Out Loud," attorney Amy Margolis said the cannabis market is exploding.


The National Low Income Housing Coalition just released its annual “Out of Reach” report, which shows there is no state in the country where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment. Coalition president and CEO Diane Yentel discusses this year’s findings.

The UK’s move away from coal means they’re burning wood from the US

Jun 20, 2018

The 12 cooling towers at the Drax Power Station have dominated the flat North Yorkshire countryside since the plant was built to burn coal from local mines in the '60s.

Backers of a proposal that would have required Oregonians to lock up their guns announced Wednesday they are shelving their effort for now.

The group behind the proposal to strengthen the state’s gun laws, which includes two people who lost family members during the 2012 mass shootings at the Clackamas Town Center mall, said they will work to strengthen the state’s gun-storage requirements during the 2019 legislative session and ask voters to weigh in on the issue again in 2020.

13 Kids Separated From Parents At Border Show Up In NW Shelters

Jun 20, 2018

Children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are showing up in shelters in Oregon and Washington, according to attorneys representing the minors.

"Some of the separated kids have been transferred up to facilities in both states," said Janet Gwilym, managing attorney of the Seattle office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

"Washington had about nine kids that I'm aware of in facilities," she said.

Following two days of raucous heckling and disruption from Portland demonstrators, a regional office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily shuttered, the agency announced Wednesday.

“ICE operations at this location have been temporarily halted due to security concerns,” a statement from an ICE spokesman said. “Normal operations will resume once security concerns have been addressed.”

Appointments at the facility have been canceled.