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UPDATE (5:31 p.m. PST) — The city of Salem has shut off water from the North Santiam River, activating its groundwater and reservoir supply after a tanker truck carrying 11,500 gallons of gas crashed near Idanha, Oregon, Friday evening, spilling an unknown amount of gasoline into the river.

5 Things Vera Katz Did To Bolster Art In Portland

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The late Vera Katz, in her three terms as Portland mayor, worked hard to make sure art would be part of Portland’s identity. Art wasn’t so much an item on Katz’s priority list as something to be incorporated in all facets of city business.

Eloise Damrosch was the longtime head of the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Linda K. Johnson is a dancer and choreographer, who has taught in many environments, including Jefferson High School in Portland. We asked them to come in and share with us what they remember about living, working and making in Vera Katz’s Portland.

Multnomah County Judge Cheryl Albrecht set a trial date Friday for Jeremy Christian, the man accused of stabbing three people aboard a Portland light rail train earlier this year.

The attack left two people dead.

Jury selection will begin June 24, 2019. The trial is expected to last several weeks, ending July 26, 2019.

In court, prosecutors said they were ready to go to trial in October 2018. But Christian’s public defenders asked for more time, arguing the case was complex and they’re balancing other capital cases.

FamilyCare Threatens To Close Doors, Cut Hundreds Of Jobs

Dec 15, 2017

One of Oregon’s largest coordinated care organizations is threatening to close its doors.

FamilyCare has told its 300 employees that most will be out of a job by January. The news was first reported Friday by the Lund Report.

The nonprofit is in the middle of a long-running legal battle with the Oregon Health Authority over reimbursement rates.

FamilyCare estimates it has lost $100 million on past contracts with the agency. But OHA says its rates are sound.

Remembering Vera Katz | Best Music Of 2017 | Minor White | Explode Into Colors

Dec 15, 2017

This week on "State of Wonder," we discuss the legacy of former mayor and arts booster Vera Katz, the best music of 2017, and get a glimpse into Portland's past through the photos of Minor White.


This week, former Portland Mayor and Oregon House Speaker Vera Katz died. A trailblazer who steered Portland into an unprecedented period of growth and vitality (see: Pearl District, South Waterfront, East Bank Esplanade, etc.), she always had her eye on how arts and creativity could enrich public life.

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Ninety-two Somali immigrants, set to be deported from the US, found themselves shackled at the hands and feet and kept aboard a plane for two days earlier this month. That part of the story is not in dispute.

The Somalis left Louisiana on Dec. 7. Their flight, chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was bound for Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But the plane never arrived.

After landing in Dakar, Senegal, on Africa's west coast, the one-way flight became a round trip, back to the US. Why that happened, though, remains subject to dispute. 

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It’s been more than 250 days since it last rained in southern California.

Approximately 8,000 firefighters continue to battle massive wildfires, like the record-setting Thomas Fire.

Related: Firefighters race to get control of California wildfires

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“A national tragedy.”

That’s how the Australian prime minister characterized the findings, released Friday, of a five-year investigation into child sexual abuse.

Malcolm Turnbull on Friday extended his gratitude to thousands of survivors who were brave enough to tell their stories. “It’s been very tough, often harrowing work,"  he said, "but above all I want to thank and honor the courage of the survivors and their families who’ve told, often for the first time, the dreadful stories of abuse that they received from people who actually owed them love and protection."

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On Across Women's Lives' recent reporting trip to Bangladesh, we interviewed several women about work conditions in the garment factories.

The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities issued a letter Friday saying reports the juvenile detention center is “psychologically harmful" are exaggerated.

A report from Disability Rights Oregon earlier this month found NORCOR deprived children of human contact and the tools for healthy development.

The city of Portland has reached a settlement with attorney John DiLorenzo and three plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit alleging misspending of ratepayer dollars by the city’s Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

Under the terms of the $10 million settlement, the city will transfer $7 million from its general fund to the utility funds — essentially reimbursing two agencies that rely on ratepayers to pay the bills — and will pay $3 million to the plaintiffs for legal bills. 

MC Afrikan Boy's 'Wot It Do?' is a call to action

Dec 15, 2017
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MC Afrikan Boy, Olushola Ajose, returns with his latest track, "Wot it Do?" It’s a danceable, club-ready track that aims to bring people to the dance floor.

The Southeast London Afrogrime musician bursts with energy, pairing neatly woven references to childhood nursery rhymes with a range of influences within grime, early afrobeat and Nigerian juju.

'Me Pueden Quitar A Mi Mamá'

Dec 15, 2017

Desde que el presidente Donald Trump asumió el poder, autoridades federales y líderes locales en estados como Oregon han estado batallando debido a la política migratoria.

La administración Trump quiere una implementación más estricta de estas leyes, pero varios consejos municipales y juntas directivas escolares han tomado resoluciones para apoyar a inmigrantes indocumentados. En medio de todo, se encuentran niños provenientes de familias inmigrantes, que se ven afectados.

Judge Rules NORCOR Lawsuit Can Move Forward

Dec 15, 2017

A Wasco County judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit against a controversial jail can move forward. The ruling follows oral arguments last month.

The Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility, commonly known as NORCOR, tried to get the case dismissed.

It was around 7 p.m. on a recent Thursday night. A group of students streamed past the trophy cases along the wall and joined the packed stands for the Camas High School varsity basketball team’s season opener.

Parents and locals mingled and snacked on bags of popcorn, eager to cheer on a school that has come to symbolize Camas pride.

This is the home of the Papermakers.  

It was just before three o’clock on the afternoon of Oct. 16 when Malta’s most famous, outspoken blogger got into her car for what was to be the last time.

Minutes later, a bomb planted under the driver’s seat flung the vehicle into a field beside the road. Daphne Caruana Galizia, who’d relentlessly attacked corruption in the tiny island nation, was dead.


“Easy Soups From Scratch with Quick Breads to Match” by Ivy Manning | Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Soup and Savory Teff Pancakes



"My Name is Tasty, Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants” by John Gorham and Liz Crain | Tasty Kimchi

When Aaron Anaya arrived in Puerto Rico in November to help restore the San Juan electric grid, he realized he’d have to start with the maps. Anaya, an electrical engineer with Con Edison in New York, spends most of his 16-hour days translating work requests from Puerto Rico’s power authority, PREPA, into assignments for crews from New York. But PREPA's maps didn’t have the detail the workers needed.

“You have to be able to relate what’s on the map with what’s in the field, and it’s very different,” Anaya said. “It looks nothing like flat little lines. Things are everywhere.”

In a letter to faculty, college President Harry Chalmiers said "our employment has ended and the college is being closed at the end of the semester" on Dec. 20.

Across Minnesota, many cities are facing a double whammy: aging sewer plants that need costly improvements, and increasingly tighter environmental standards they're required to meet. Some are pushing for breaks on new regulations that might come down the line.

The Week In Politics For Friday, December 15, 2017

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Camas Considers Life Without Paper Mill Jobs

Dec 15, 2017

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Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuck, "Marketplace" acquisitions editor Eve Epstein and former Portland city commissioner Steve Novick join us to talk about some of the biggest stories of the week.


My family's ties to the global garment industry

Dec 15, 2017
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My lineage is wrapped up in the garment industry. My grandfather on my dad’s side was in the garment business. My aunties on my mom’s side were also in the industry.

My dad was a doctor, and when I was 6, my family moved from the center of the garment industry, New York City, to North Carolina, America's garment manufacturing state. The first time I got an inkling as to what the clothing industry was all about was when my little sister Claudia took a sewing class at the Singer store at the mall in Raleigh. I joined her on an outing to buy material at a fabric outlet store.

Washington state lawmakers are moving ahead with an effort to revive a plan to replace the aging Interstate 5 Bridge. They remain hopeful their counterparts in Oregon will join them.

The Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee met in Olympia for its inaugural meeting Thursday. Even the name of the task force is a nod to the optimism Washington officials have that it will eventually be a bi-state panel. Currently there aren’t any lawmakers from Oregon on the committee.

An Oregon state senator who recently gained national recognition for her criticism of sexual harassment in the workplace is challenging the state education department's response to recently revealed allegations against a top director.

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Vladimir Putin always has a lot to say at his end-of-year press conferences.

And Thursday in Moscow, the Russian president returned to the podium once again for a nearly four-hour session with reporters.

Although the annual event is — for the most part — predictable and heavily scripted, dissonant voices somehow manage to pipe up. 

Russia’s influence in the Middle East is growing

Dec 14, 2017
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Vladimir Putin conducted a whirlwind tour of the greater Middle East region this week. For some observers, it was a showcase for Russia’s growing influence in the region. According to Ishaan Tharoor, “he exhibited the kind of clever strategic policymaking that the US is simply not doing in the region.”

Tharoor is a foreign affairs writer with the Washington Post and recently wrote “Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East.” 

The statue stands at the back of St. Mary’s Square in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Three girls, cast in bronze — one Chinese, one Korean and one Filipino — stand on a pedestal holding hands. In front of them, the bronze figure of Kim Hak-sun looks on. She was the first "comfort woman" to speak out in 1991 about her experiences.

The sculpture honors the estimated 200,000 women and girls from China, Korea, the Philippines and other countries who were forced to work as sex slaves by occupying Japanese troops during World War II. 

On Wednesday, Portland City Council voted 3-1 to allow the Portland Art Museum to move forward with the controversial new Rothko Pavilion.

The museum announced plans for the pavilion a year ago. It would serve as a new entrance that would connect the museum’s two existing buildings and fix its notoriously inaccessible and confusing layout.