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Inside Portland (Jun 10th, 2019)

We've got another sunny week ahead. Temperatures in the next two days will hit the mid-90s.

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1. Multnomah Defenders Inc., a group of public defenders here in the Portland area, plan to strike through most of the week. They announced their intention to walk off the job this morning, but the county's overall court system isn't expected to be significantly affected. The lawyers and staff members are protesting high caseloads. They plan to lobby Oregon lawmakers this week in favor of a bill that would add public defenders and reduce caseloads. The public defense system has long been a target of criticism. Last month, another group of Portland-based public defenders threatened to file a lawsuit over caseload concerns. – OPB

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2. The Oregon Health Authority has alerted lawmakers to what it calls a "capacity crisis" at Oregon State Hospital's psychiatric facilities. The hospital is at capacity, and dozens are waiting for an open spot. State health officials are expected in court this week, facing allegations of violating a 2002 federal court ruling that mandated hospital beds for jail inmates who cannot aid in their own defense. Gov. Brown calls this a symptom of "criminalizing the homeless and mentally ill." The number of defendants who require mental health treatment has doubled since 2012, and roughly 60 percent of those defendants are homeless. – STATESMAN JOURNAL

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3. By the Numbers: Tuition Hikes

$3,000 – That's roughly the tuition cost for an in-state student taking 16 credits at Portland State University this term.

$9,000 – For out-of-state students, the cost rises to about $9,000 per 16-credit term.

4 – That's the number of Oregon's public universities who plan to defend tuition hike proposals to the Higher Education Coordinating Committee (HECC).

9% – That's the proposed tuition hike at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

9.7% – That's the proposed tuition hike at the University of Oregon.

11% – That's the proposed tuition hike at Portland State.

13.5% – That's the proposed tuition hike at Southern Oregon University.

<5% – Oregon State, Eastern Oregon, and Western Oregon universities all hiked tuition by less than five percent. That's below the threshold that would trigger a need for HECC approval. – OPB

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4. It's not often that you find President Trump and Gov. Kate Brown on the same side of an issue—but daylight saving time is truly a bi-partisan issue. Gov. Brown is expected to sign a bill this week what will make daylight saving permanent. Lawmakers passed the bill late last week. For it to take effect, all three west coast states have to agree to the change. Washington has passed a similar bill. California's state Assembly has passed a daylight saving bill, but the state's Senate hasn't picked up the bill yet. The states will also need federal approval, but federal authorities aren't expected to block the change. – PORTLAND TRIBUNE

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5. Yesterday, Portland Police shot and killed a man in the Pearl District who was allegedly holding a woman hostage. Police say the woman was held at knife-point on the sixth floor of The Lovejoy, a mixed-use building that includes a Safeway. That Safeway was evacuated as part of a bomb scare, but police later determined that there was no explosive. Officers say they attempted to use less-lethal force before two officers fired their guns at the man. The woman was hurt, but she was released from the hospital before the end of the day. No officers were hurt. This is 2019's third deadly officer shooting. – PORTLAND MERCURY

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6. Oregon has joined a growing number of states who have designated a day to honor women veterans. California, New York, and Texas also celebrate Women Veterans Day on June 12. – KTVZ

7. A Japanese exchange student in southern Washington hopes to give her classmates at Richland High School some context about their mascot. Richland is close to the Hanford nuclear site, which produced the plutonium used to drop atomic bombs on Japan, and their mascot is a mushroom cloud. Nonoka Koga isn't trying to change the mascot, but she does want students to "consider a perspective that is more personal." – THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE

8. The FBI has unsealed documents related to an Oregonian's hunt for Sasquatch. Back in 1976, Big Foot hunter Peter Byrne sent the FBI a hair sample he found near Mt. Hood. The now-public DNA test result: the hair belonged to a deer. – WILLAMETTE WEEK

9. If you buy your smoothie ingredients at Fred Meyer like I do, you should check your freezer for berries linked to a potential hepatitis A contamination. All Kroger stores, including Fred Meyer locations, have issued a recall for three frozen berry products. – ABC

10. According to the Brewers Association, Portland ranks eighth in the U.S. for breweries per capita (nine breweries for every 50,000 Portlanders). Portland also ranked first on the list—but that was Portland, Maine. – THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE

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Schuyler Durham writes Inside Portland and Inside Finance. He’s a lifelong Portlander who got his start covering the local music scene, but later became enamored with the complexities of financial and political reporting. After three years in broadcast news, he's now diving back into the digital realm. You can keep up with his writing on Twitter at @SchuylerWriter or watch him goof around on Instagram at @bitterbuddha.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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