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Portland to temporarily block employee trips to North Carolina

Portland to temporarily block employee trips to North Carolina

Portland city leaders are preparing a travel embargo against North Carolina, alleging that the state has discriminatory laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The City Council of Portland is considering temporarily suspending all city travel by public employees to the state of North Carolina as part of the city’s protest against a new state law that puts off local governments from expanding protections for the LGBT people.

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Portland region’s population grew 2% to 2.39M people in 2015: U.S. Census

Portland region’s population grew 2% to 2.39M people in 2015: U.S. Census

Oregon and the Portland region saw a significantly higher rate of population growth last year than the national average, fresh U.S. Census data revealed.

According to the nation’s fresh census data, Oregon’s population grew at a rate of 1.5 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to a little more than 4 million people. The Portland region’s population grew roughly 2 per cent to 2.39 million individuals last year.

The national average population growth rate was recorded at just 0.8 per cent during the same period.

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African-American suspects fire shots at woman, 3 kids in Portland

African-American suspects fire shots at woman, 3 kids in Portland

Portland Police’s Gang Enforcement Team is investigating a recent shooting incident in which some African-American men fired dozens of shots at a woman and three children inside a car last Saturday, police confirmed.

The woman told investigators that nearly three dozen shots were fired at her and three children who were with her inside the car at around 3:40 p.m. last Saturday on Northeast 27th Avenue and Lombard Street in northeastern part of Portland. Luckily, neither the woman nor children were injured.

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Bernie Sanders gets warm welcome from Portland voters

Bernie Sanders gets warm welcome from Portland voters

White House aspirant Bernie Sanders, a Democratic senator from Vermont, got a warm welcome from more than 10,000 people in Portland on Friday.

The presidential candidate took the stage amid big applause and cheers from the energetic crowd, as has been the case at most of his rallies in different state of the nation. The vast majority of Sanders’ supporters are young voters.

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New ferry to make Portland- Nova Scotia trip in just 5½ hours

New ferry to make Portland- Nova Scotia trip in just 5½ hours

The new, upcoming Portland to Nova Scotia ferry service will make the trip in just 5½ hours, around half the time of its predecessor, the Nova Star, takes.

Bay Ferries Ltd. said on Thursday that it would lease a high-speed catamaran, called the USNS Puerto Rico, from the United States Navy. The high-speed vessel will be renamed as “The Cat.” That was the name of the high-speed ferry that operated between Maine and Nova Scotia from 2006 to 2009.

Portland traffic among most congested in the US: Tom Tom

Portland traffic among most congested in the US: Tom Tom

A new study by navigation system manufacturer Tom Tom has revealed that the city of Portland is one of the most congested metropolitan regions in the United States.

According to the Tom Tom study, the city of Portland tied with Chicago and Washington D.C. to be placed at the eighth most congested metropolitan city in the nation.

The TomTom Traffic Index detected that that Portland, Chicago and Washington D.C. all had an overall congestion level of 26 per cent last year. In other words, motorists endured extra travel time on highways as well as non-highways anytime of the day.

Portland police arrest man on suspension of fatally hitting cyclist

Portland police arrest man on suspension of fatally hitting cyclist

A 55-year-old man has been arrested in Portland for allegedly hitting and killing a teenager cyclist last Saturday afternoon in the southeast part of the city, police officials confirmed.

According to a statement released by the Portland Police department, Franklin Drobny was taken into custody on suspicion of fatally hitting a 17-year-old cyclist. The accident took place at around 3:51 p.m. at Southeast Center Street and 142nd Avenue.

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