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Top stories for Tuesday, Feb. 4
DUCKS DOMINATE: Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the storied UConn team Monday. The Ducks had a historic moment with a 74-56 win over the Huskies, UConn’s worst-ever loss in the 30-year history of Gampel Pavilion and its first loss on campus since Jan. 5, 2013. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)
PUBLIC RECORDS: Portland is considering appealing a Multnomah County judge’s 2019 ruling that ordered the city to stop charging excessive fees for routine email and document searches to fulfill public records requests.
2020 LEGISLATURE: As the Oregonian Legislature opened its 2020 session Monday, bills under consideration included a proposal to ban discrimination based on hairstyles and require stores to accept cash (House Bill 4107). Oregonian reporters Hillary Borrud and Ted Sickinger visited the Beat Check podcast to discuss how the Democrats intend to pass their climate change legislation and the state’s rosy budget outlook.
KYLEE DIXON: A Wilsonville girl was returned to her mother’s custody Monday, ending a months-long dispute between the state Department of Human Services and Christina Dixon over how to treat 13-year-old Kylee Dixon’s cancer diagnosis. Christina Dixon had wanted to treat her daughter with CBD oil instead of having the tumor surgically removed. Kylee had a successful surgery last month.
JEREMY CHRISTIAN TRIAL: Accused killer Jeremy Christian told Portland police they would have to shoot him as he ran away after fatally stabbing two men on a MAX train in 2017, an officer testified Monday.
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Weather and traffic
Dry for most of Tuesday. Clouds increase in the afternoon, and a warm front brings in steady rain by evening. High 41, low 39.
Tuesday morning commuters, be ready for spots of ice and frost. In Vancouver, the eastbound on-ramp from State Route 14 from Evergreen Boulevard near milepost 3 remains closed 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday as maintenance crews remove brush and trees to improve sight distance and safety.
Today in history
In 1999: The freighter New Carissa ran aground just south of Coos Bay, unleashing one of the worst environmental disasters in Oregon history.
In 2004: The Massachusetts high court declared that gay couples were entitled to nothing less than marriage, and that civil unions would not suffice.
In 2004: The social networking website Facebook had its beginnings as Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launched “Thefacebook.”