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Oregon Decides Roadkill Can Be Harvested to Eat

Other states have similar laws on the books

(Newser) - Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask where the elk burger or a venison steak they're being served came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat,... More »

Photographer Makes Exciting Find in Undeveloped Film

Kati Dimoff discovers unseen shots of Mount St. Helens erupting

(Newser) - Kati Dimoff, a photographer in Portland, Oregon, buys old cameras and develops the rolls of film she finds inside as a bit of a hobby, KATU reports. But one exciting recent find set off a local mystery: shots of Mount St. Helens' 1980 volcanic eruption. On Instagram , Dimoff says she... More »

Oregon Driver's Licenses to Undergo a Novel Change

'X,' or non-specified, is now a gender option

(Newser) - Jamie Shupe expects to stand out front of an Oregon DMV early next month and cry. And not for the reasons you'd expect. Shupe intends to be one of the first to take advantage of what is a first for America: a change to Oregon's driver's licenses... More »

Oregon Approves Nation's First All-Wood High Rise

Portland building will use new technique

(Newser) - Officials in Oregon have approved construction permits for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. Construction on the 12-story building, called Framework, will break ground this fall in Portland's trendy and rapidly growing Pearl District and is expected to be completed by the following winter. The decision by... More »

He Died a Hero in Portland, Then Someone Stole His Ring

Police release video, pics of man they think stole Rick Best's ring, backpack

(Newser) - Rick Best was a dad, Army vet, and employee of the city of Portland, Ore., who had his life snatched away last Friday on a MAX train there after he stepped in to defend two Muslim teens. But that wasn't all that was taken from the 53-year-old, police say:... More »

How Not to Use a 7-Eleven Microwave

Leave urine out of it

(Newser) - Pity the fool who had to clean up this mess: A microwave blew up inside a 7-Eleven in Beaverton, Ore., on Tuesday, spewing not the remains of pizza or nachos but … urine. Officials believe someone was headed to a drug test with a clean sample of urine bundled up... More »

Portland Mayor to Alt-Right Rally Organizers: Cancel

In the wake of Friday's murder of 2 men who defended Muslim teens

(Newser) - The mayor of Portland, Ore., is pleading with organizers of two upcoming alt-right rallies to cancel them in the wake of Friday's train stabbings that left two dead and one injured, the Oregonian reports. Ted Wheeler also says the city won't be issuing any city permits for such... More »

Girl Targeted on Train Thanks Portland Heroes

Survivor posts poem from hospital bed

(Newser) - Oregon man Micah David-Cole Fletcher has written poems denouncing prejudice against Muslims and he truly walks it like he talks it: The 21-year-old university student came within millimeters of death in Portland on Friday when he tried to defend two girls from a man on a train shouting anti-Muslim abuse... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

Cops: Man Decapitated Mom on Mother's Day

Oregon man brought head to store, police say

(Newser) - An Oregon man is accused of decapitating his mother on Mother's Day and bringing her head to a grocery store. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Joshua Lee Webb, 36, killed his mother at their rural home Sunday. He then allegedly showed up at a grocery store in... More »

Cops: Worker Tried to Feed Colleague Into Wood Chipper

Oregon man charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - Worst colleague ever? Oregon man Scott Edward Iverson, 26, has been charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly trying to push a fellow worker at a tree service company near Salem head-first into a wood chipper. Police say a witness told them that as 22-year-old Austin Crawford was loading... More »

Tiny Oregon Town for Sale

$3.5M gets you six houses, a shuttered grocery store, and more

(Newser) - In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it. But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire town is for sale. The AP reports... More »

Oregon May Ditch Its 172-Year-Old Ban on Dueling

Lawmakers seem to think it's unnecessary

(Newser) - The Oregon Legislature may have an unusual request for voters in the next election that harkens back to that fateful day in 1804 when a bitter rivalry between Vice President Aaron Burr and the nation's first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, was settled with a fatal gunshot. Should ongoing discussions... More »

Real-Life Pepsi Gesture Also Gets Poor Reaction

'Not a good move,' says Portland's mayor

(Newser) - A man has proved just how ridiculous it is to think that a can of soda can defuse a tense situation, as Pepsi's ridiculed ad would suggest. At a city council meeting in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, a man identifying himself as Carlos Enrique addressed Mayor Ted Wheeler, who... More »

Man Swaddles 'Dying' Bear Cub, Attempts CPR

Elkhorn, a baby black bear, was suffering form hypothermia, dehydration

(Newser) - An Oregon man is being called a hero for saving the life of a bear cub he found while hiking Monday evening, but officials aren't so sure. Corey Hancock tells the Oregonian he found a baby black bear just off the trail that "wasn't breathing" and was... More »

City Just Made a Big Decision About Dogs Downtown

Only canines of residents, workers allowed in that section of Eugene, Ore.

(Newser) - A wave of complaints about aggressive dogs in the downtown area of Oregon's third most populous city has prompted Eugene city councilors to ban dogs from the downtown area except those owned by people who live or work there. The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted 6-2 to approve the... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

Proposed Bill May Give Coffee Lovers the Jitters

Gasp: Oregon is weighing a coffee tax

(Newser) - Nearly 250 years after the Boston Tea Party , we could have a Salem Coffee Party on our hands. The Oregon Legislature is weighing a tax of 5 cents per pound on wholesale coffee, including coffee beans and ground coffee. KOIN reports that no revenue projection was given in House Bill... More »

Father, Son Missing After Being Hit by 'Sneaker Wave'

They were walking along the Oregon coast Sunday

(Newser) - Charity Woodrum was just an arm's length away when her husband and 3-year-old son were hit by a wave and carried out to sea Sunday on the Oregon Coast, the AP reports. They haven't been found. Officials tell the Statesman Journal the beach where the family was walking... More »

Hard-Core Workouts Send 3 Oregon Players to Hospital

One Ducks football lineman has come down with rare, potentially life-threatening condition

(Newser) - Three University of Oregon players on the Ducks football team are recuperating at a local hospital after a series of intense workouts last week that left one of the players with a rare, serious condition, the Oregonian reports. Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick... More »

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