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Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon

Wages will increase to $14.75 for much of the Portland area, $13.50 for outlying areas.Starting July 1, Oregon workers earning minimum wage will take home a little more pay each week. State legislators passed a bill in 2016 creating a three-tiered minimum wage, with different minimums for workers depending on location. The state is divided into three zones: The highest minimum wage occurs in the Portland area's Urban Growth Boundary which stretches through Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. The move placed Oregon among the highest minimum wage states in the nation. This Friday, workers in much of Multnomah, Washington...
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Hops drop 4-of-6 to Vancouver, Tawa promoted to Double-A

West Linn native and Stanford alum Tim Tawa was promoted to Double-A Amarillo June 23.Movin' on. That's the theme of this past week's Hops action as the minor-league team finished-up the first half of the 2022 season, while one of its best and most prominent players was promoted to Double-A Amarillo. After dropping four-of-six games to Vancouver, Hillsboro ended the first half with a 29-35 record and in last place in the High-A West standings. But with the slate wiped clean, the team and its manager are excited to start anew with heightened goals for the second-half's 66 games. "That's...
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Survey: Majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws

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Hardwood hero A.J. Vukovich makes good on the diamond

The Hops infielder and former prep basketball standout chose pro baseball over a college career at Louisville.The NBA may be "fantastic," but baseball has always been king for Hillsboro Hops infielder A.J. Vukovich. The third-year professional and second-year player — minor league baseball didn't play in 2020 due to COVID-19 — from Wisconsin made his mark on the state's high school basketball history books, finishing his career at East Troy High School as Wisconsin's 25th all-time leading scorer with 2,155 points. But despite his success on the hardwood, the 20-year-old slugger made one thing very clear. "Yeah, I miss basketball,...
HILLSBORO, OR

New Hatfield biography focuses on early years, governorship

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My View: My belief in the right to choose

Legislator: Oregon must continue its leadership in standing up for access to reproductive care. In more than 30 years of ordained ministry, I have been asked countless times to provide counsel, prayerful support and pastoral care to people making medical decisions. I believe that individuals are the best decision-makers when it comes to their own sacred bodies, in consultation with their health care providers. During those 30 years, I have seen a lot. That's why I'm calling for stronger pro-choice leadership in Oregon than ever before. I believe in the separation of church and state. Laws which restrict abortion use...
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns reproductive rights

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OREGON STATE

Oregonians send aid to Ukrainians, with love

Happy Valley woman mobilizes friends to create nonprofit, provide supplies and bread for war-ravaged countryWhile the world watched Russia invade Ukraine, Happy Valley resident Klavdia Moore cried. She cried for days because her homeland was again besieged by an aggressive nation. With a deep fear for her family living in Ukraine and for the millions of residents now at war, Moore decided to act. "It was the 24th of February, and I was at home alone. Watching the news broke my heart," Moore said. "I was devastated, but I often send packages to family living in Ukraine, so I...
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Deja Fitzwater crowned Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen 2022

Tigard High School student, 17-year-old Clackamas County resident will attend national pageant in AugustIt is not every day that a parent gets to see her child's dream come true, but last Saturday night at the Seaside Convention Center Fabienne Fitzwater saw her daughter crowned Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen 2022. "It was such an emotional experience. As a parent, you know how hard your child has worked to achieve this victory and to actually be there to watch her dream come true, was such a surreal moment," she said. "I am extremely proud of her and so happy for her. She...

Fun and flying: Tigard Festival of Balloons returns

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TIGARD, OR

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TIGARD, OR

TriMet to cancel some bus lines in September

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BEAVERTON, OR

WashCo Jail deaths highlight larger trend and previous jail woes

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HILLSBORO, OR

Oregon House speaker shuffles committee assignments

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