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Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is back in town and spent Thursday morning on a tour of the Clark County Jail.

She spoke with corrections officers about ways to better help inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Officials at the jail told Herrera Beutler their facility is overcrowded, and needs more treatment options for inmates.

The jail's detox center was packed with a dozen cots as inmates dealing with addiction wait out withdrawal symptoms.

Big cities aren’t the only places to see works by major artists. Sometimes you have to head to a small town.

On a Tuesday morning, three classes of sixth-graders crowd into the Pendleton Center for the Arts to face down a selection of Chuck Close’s portraits, on view through April 29.

“Come on in, crowd around,” said Bonnie Day, the center’s coordinator of education and outreach, as she invited the students to cross the room towards an 111-color, screen-printed self-portrait, complete with the preeminent artist's trademark glasses and goatee.

Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, slammed WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange in a full-throated public denunciation Thursday before an audience for foreign policy specialists in Washington, D.C.

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Oregon lawmakers briefly considered a measure Thursday that would have hiked the income tax on wealthy Oregonians.

While the committee took no action, the bill may live to see another day.

The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party filed a complaint this week against a Multnomah County judge, who attempted to help a person evade arrest by federal immigration officers.

In his complaint, Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier asked the state’s judicial fitness commission to investigate the actions taken by Judge Monica Herranz on Jan. 27.

Dan Rooney, who steered the Pittsburgh Steelers for decades and helped spearhead the NFL's efforts at diverse hiring, has died at the age of 84. The team announced his death Thursday.

Young black and Latino men are more likely than any other group to be the victims of violent crime, but American society has devoted too few resources to helping these young men heal after their violent encounters, according to researchers with New York City's Vera Institute of Justice.

If George W. Bush was the decider, consider Donald Trump the un-decider. This week, the current president abandoned a string of his best-known policy positions over a matter of days.

Could there be life under the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus?

Scientists have found a promising sign.

NASA announced on Thursday that its Cassini spacecraft mission to Saturn has gathered new evidence that there's a chemical reaction taking place under the moon's icy surface that could provide conditions for life. They described their findings in the journal Science.

President Trump quietly signed legislation Thursday that rolls back an Obama-era rule protecting certain federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide legal abortions.

Beth Herman says she's praying a lot these days for her brother, who was detained by Turkish authorities last October and has been in prison since December.

Andrew Brunson is an evangelical Presbyterian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, Herman says, serving as the pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church.

"He's there because he loves Turkey and the people of Turkey," Herman says.

Brunson, 48, was charged with being part of an armed terrorist group, something Herman and his other supporters say is "totally false."

Lawyers for a Portland man with two broken legs say a judge has granted him release on bail from an immigration detention center in Tacoma.

Emmanuel Ayala Frutos came to the United States at age 6 and had twice received status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested him in March along with dozens of other immigrants in Oregon and Washington.

ICE said it targeted Frutos because he had pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to possessing a knife.

University of Southern California

Dr. Jon Pynoos is the UPS Foundation Professor in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the author of six books and many articles on housing and the elderly, and an advocate for aging in place.  While a graduate student studying urban planning at Harvard in his early 20s, he met a 73-year-old woman named Dorothy Benton who became a close friend.  It is a marvelous story of the beauty and lifelong impact of cross-generational friendships.  He said, "She definitely changed my life.  I wouldn't be in the field of aging if I hadn't encountered her.  I feel like I owe her a debt."

Many people are drawn to Emily Dickinson because of her mysterious life — the brilliant poet rarely left her family home in Amherst, Mass., and her work wasn't recognized until after her death.

But British film director Terence Davies says it was her poetry, more than her personal life, that drew him in. Davies discovered Dickinson on television. An actress was reading one of her poems and afterwards Davies immediately ran out to buy one of her collections.