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Dirk VanderHart / OPB

Images of migrant children kept in detention centers near the border have stirred strong feelings around the country. But the Portland-area shelter where federal officials send immigrant children is very different.

Dirk VanderHart / OPB

Following two days of raucous heckling and disruption from Portland demonstrators, a regional office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily shuttered, the agency announced Wednesday.

Dirk VanderHart / OPB

New hardline immigration policies from the federal government have led to backlash nationwide. And in Oregon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an occupation on its hands.

Michael Bennion

A whistleblower who says he was terminated after questioning accounting practices at Washington’s popular prepaid tuition program known as GET is challenging the findings of an accountability audit into the program.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

One of two gun-control proposals aimed at November’s ballot is facing possibly insurmountable odds.

Washington Department of Licensing

Beginning next month, driver’s licenses in Washington state will be changing. Regular licenses and ID cards will be marked with the words “federal limits apply.” Oregon is going down this path too, but not until mid-2020.

Washington Legislature

Washington House leaders are recommending that state Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, lose his chairmanship, but are not demanding he resign from the Legislature, following the findings of an external investigation into his conduct that could also result in an ethics probe.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an Ohio law that aggressively purges inactive voters from the state’s voter rolls. But Oregon officials have no interest in a similar policy.

Oregon Secretary of State

Dennis Richardson is being treated for a “small, cancerous brain tumor,” he announced Wednesday.

Richardson, Oregon’s Secretary of State since 2017, revealed in his regular newsletter that he was diagnosed with cancer in May and that he’s feeling “blessed and optimistic.”

Cacophony / Wikimedia

Two candidates for the Washington Supreme Court have been disqualified from appearing on the November ballot.

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