06-21-2018  6:50 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

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Oregon allows rancher to kill a wolf after calves attacked

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Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

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Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

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OPINION

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Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

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Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday.The new five-count indictment names Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe...

Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called a past, consensual relationship with an employee.Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Spokesman...

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete...

ENTERTAINMENT

Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

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Directors Guild says industry is still mostly white and male

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Demi Lovato sings about addiction struggles on 'Sober'

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Merkel pledges 0 million loan for troubled Jordan

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Abandoned cars in Portland snow
Gillian Flaccus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Abandoned vehicles littered streets in the Portland area Thursday, a day after a rare snow storm brought Oregon's largest city to a halt.

The National Weather Service said commuters should be prepared for snow-covered streets Thursday morning and possibly some more snow, but no real accumulation.

"We might get to barely above freezing but it would only be for an hour or two," meteorologist Colby Neuman said. "The snow that we have in Portland is going to stick around for the next couple of days."

Only 1-to-3 inches of snow fell around Portland on Wednesday, but ice and the rush-hour timing created havoc.

Many commuters found themselves on streets clogged with traffic that was inching along on snow-slick streets. Cars fish-tailed, spun out and collided. Semi-trucks littered Interstate 5, some of them unable to move to the side before getting stuck.

After more than three hours of waiting to travel just a few miles, some motorists abandoned their vehicles and started walking. Others hoped they wouldn't run out of gas.

Kimberly Wrolstad had been stuck on I-5 heading to Tigard for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon. She had a quarter tank of gas left.

"It's frustrating," she said. "I don't know what's going on."

Some buses from Portland Public Schools were trapped in on the roads and an unspecified number of buses had been involved in crashes, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Interim chief operating officer Courtney Wilton said he had not heard of any injuries in those accidents.

School districts across the region canceled classes Thursday. Check for school closures here.

The winter storm crept north up the Willamette Valley, the most populous part of Oregon, before reaching Portland, first hitting Eugene and then Salem.

The National Weather Service said a major ice storm hit in Eugene. The City of Eugene said ice-laden trees had led to 140 calls about downed trees and power lines. The Register-Guard reported that several thousand Lane County residents lost power, and crews were working furiously to restore it.

Portland does not use rock salt on its roads, for environmental reasons, and because snow is so rare. Portland was ready to put city buses on snow routes, and had taken other precautions, but the suddenness of the storm caught many off guard.

"One of the problems that we see is everybody decides when a storm starts to leave for home at the same time," Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said. "We try to encourage people to get themselves safely situated before a storm hits. Don't decide to head out only after it starts. That creates the kind of gridlock we saw last night and this morning."

Portland city officials on Wednesday night declared parking meter amnesty, allowing drivers to leave their cars parked overnight without penalties. The Oregon Department of Transportation imposed a chain requirement on Interstate 5 from Albany to Portland and even some bike paths across the city's famous bridges were closed.

Check current road conditions for Portland Metro from ODOT here.

 

Associated Press writers Andrew Selsky and Steven DuBois contributed to this report.

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