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The National Weather Service reported that rainfall records were shattered in some areas of the Olympic Peninsula. Washington and Oregon officials have urged drivers to use caution as standing water and flooding affect roadways. 

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Pastor Dennis Payne 

As physical attendance dwindles, First African Methodist Episcopal Zion is joining the growing trend of churches that are re-imagining how best to use their facilities.

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A man pushes items while a homeless encampment is being cleaned up in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) 

Homeless people and their advocates say encampment sweeps are cruel and costly, and there aren't enough shelter beds or treatment for everyone. But government officials say it's unacceptable to let encampments fester and people need to accept offers of shelter or treatment, if they have a severe mental illness or addiction.

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Teachers hold signs and chant in front of a middle school. (AP Photo/Claire Rush, File) 

The agreement must still be voted on by teachers who have been on the picket line since Nov. 1 over issues of pay, class sizes and planning time. It must also be approved by the school board.

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The law is one of the toughest in the nation. It requires people to undergo a criminal background check and complete a gun safety training course in order to obtain a permit to buy a firearm. It also bans high-capacity magazines.

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Former Police Accountability Commission member Aje Amaechi 

Police Accountability Commission members feel their work is being negated.

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Striking Portland Public Schools teachers march along East Burnside St. after blocking traffic on the Burnside Bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 in Portland, Ore. (Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP) 

The Portland Association of Teachers union and their supporters stopped in the middle of the Burnside Bridge for about 15 minutes.

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Oregon's pioneering drug decriminalization law is facing a backlash amid a surge in public drug use fueled by fentanyl and an increase in synthetic opioid overdose deaths. The measure will be among the top issues in the upcoming legislative session starting in February. Republicans have proposed reimposing criminal penalties for drug possession and top Democrats who back the law now say they're open to amending it. Federal data shows Oregon saw the biggest increase in synthetic opioid deaths since 2019 among states that have reported their numbers

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Dead needles hang on a western red cedar tree in the Willamette National Forest, Ore., Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. Iconic red cedars — known as the "Tree of Life' — and other tree species in the Pacific Northwest have been dying because of climate-induced drought, researchers say. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman) 

Iconic red cedars — known as the “Tree of Life” — and other tree species in the Pacific Northwest have been dying because of climate-induced drought, researchers say.

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First Street in Mount Vernon, Wash. (Photo/Joe Mabel) 

This change would make it easier for Skagit, Snohomish and Island County residents to access federal justice system services and attend court. 

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