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BC-OR--Oregon News Coverage, OR

April 3, 2019

Our news coverage plans for Oregon. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Portland bureau at 503-228-2169. The West Regional Desk can be reached at (602) 417-2400.

A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Oregon at 1:30 p.m.

CASCADE-SISKIYOU MONUMENT EXPANSION

SALEM, Ore. _ A judge has defended former President Barack Obama’s expansion of a national monument in Oregon, ruling against a logging company’s lawsuit that said the expansion deprived it of timber. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke made the recommendation on Tuesday in federal court in Medford and referred it to a U.S. district judge. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP Photo FX316.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

SALEM, Ore. _ While abolishing the Electoral College has become a popular Democratic platform, there likely isn’t enough federal support to change the constitution. But states, including Oregon, are considering another way to push the country to a popular vote model that would bypass the constitution completely. By Sarah Zimmerman. Developing from 1 p.m. Pacific hearing. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m. Pacific.

OREGON-SECRETARY OF STATE-MILESTONES

SALEM, Ore. _ The swearing in of Oregon’s secretary of state marks the first time that women have held four of five statewide offices in the state. Just having turned 83, Bev Clarno is also the oldest person to have ever held the office. Clarno, with several generations of her family standing around her as she took the oath of office from Oregon’s first female chief justice, said ageism belong in the dustbin of history along with racism and sexism. By Andrew Selsky. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.

BIASED FACIAL RECOGNITION

BOSTON _ A researcher at MIT helped show big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and IBM that their facial recognition technology was biased. Then, she pressed them to do something about it. Now, some policymakers are pushing to set limits on facial recognition before it becomes entrenched in our everyday lives. One sheriff’s department in Oregon, however, says it’s seen great success using the controversial technology. By AP Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 1,112 words, AP Photos MASR201-204 and RPGF201.

ORCAS-SALMON FISHING

SEATTLE _ An environmental group is launching its third lawsuit against the federal government in less than a year accusing it of failing to do enough to protect endangered Northwest salmon and orcas. The Center for Biological Diversity’s latest lawsuit says the Trump administration has failed to ensure that salmon fishing off the Pacific Coast doesn’t hurt the orcas, who have been struggling with a dearth of their favored prey. By Gene Johnson. Developing. AP Photos planned.

SPORTS:

SOS-MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

UNDATED _ Krisztian Nemeth is off to a new start of sorts at Sporting Kansas City, where he’s embracing his role at center forward. So far this season he has eight goals in seven games across all competitions. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 750 words and photos.

BKN-GRIZZLIES-BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Portland Trail Blazers are already in the playoffs, but hope to secure home-court advantage as the season winds to a close. The Blazers host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PT.

ALSO:

_ CHILD PORN ARREST: Authorities say an Oregon man is accused of posing as a teenager online to solicit sexually explicit images from children.

_ HATE CRIME-CONVICTION: A 47-year-old man has been convicted of the hate crime of second-degree intimidation for threatening to kill a gay man in southwest Portland.

_ COUNTY WHISTLEBLOWER-LAWSUIT: A Multnomah County employee who blew the whistle on mistreatment of patients at Legacy’s Unity Center for Behavioral Health has sued the county for retaliation and is seeking $1.1 million.

_ OREGON BRIDGES: A new report says there are more than 400 structurally deficient bridges in Oregon.

_ WOLVES-NONLETHAL CONTROLS: The state of Washington could spend nearly $1 million over the next two years on nonlethal ways to prevent wolves from killing livestock in the northeastern corner of the state.

_ COAL POWER-MONTANA: Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is accusing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee of “extinguishing” the livelihoods of residents in a Montana town by seeking to ban coal-fired electricity in his state.

_ SUV OFF CLIFF: Authorities in Northern California will hold a coroner’s inquest to determine the manner of death for eight members of a family whose SUV plunged off a coastal cliff last year.

_ SECRETARY OF STATE-COMPLAINT: A former state auditor has filed a complaint against the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, saying she was treated unfairly and fired in part because of her sexual orientation.

The AP-Portland, Ore.