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Top stories for Wednesday, Dec. 18
SAUDI SUSPECTS: A measure championed by Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Ron Wyden, would force U.S. intelligence officials to declassify all information related to how the Saudi Arabian government may have spirited its citizens out of the United States to escape prosecution for serious crimes.
Catch up with coverage of Saudi Arabia’s suspected role in helping criminal suspects escape prosecution in the U.S. at our “Fleeing Justice” page.
INTEL BENEFITS: Oregon’s largest corporate employer is expanding its parental leave for new parents by 50% at the start of 2020 and adding a number of other categories of paid time off for employees.(Intel Corp.)
PORTLAND AUDIT: Portland leaders failed to fully deliver on promises they made to voters as they implemented arts, cannabis, affordable housing, and street repair programs funded by voter-approved taxes and bond measures, according to a city auditor’s report released Tuesday.
MENTAL HEALTH: The Oregon State Hospital, overburdened with patients from the criminal justice system, has halted civil admissions. That means people who need treatment at the state hospital but haven’t been charged with a crime must wait in community hospitals until beds become available — no earlier than Dec. 27.
SIGNING DAY: Meet the Oregon Beavers and Oregon Ducks 2020 football recruiting classes.
Snap of the day
HOLLY DAYS: Celebrate the season by walking the Holly Loop at Hoyt Arboretum in Southwest Portland. (Jamie Hale/Staff)
Teens vaping cannabis at unprecedented rates
Man accused of raping Tinder date is now charged with sexual abuse of 3 other women
Remains of Vancouver teen missing since June found near Larch Mountain; man arrested
All-state volleyball 2019: Oregon’s top 6A, 5A, 4A stars
Follow along at oregonlive.com/sports as we name more all-state teams for fall sports.
Weather and traffic
Forecasters are warning of heavy rains Wednesday that may produce localized flooding. A winter storm watch has been issued for snow amounts of 1 to 2 feet above 3,500 feet for Wednesday and Thursday. High 45, low 43.
Get the latest forecast at oregonlive.com/weather.
Beaverton’s Southwest Tile Flat Road closed Tuesday between Scholls Ferry and Grabhorn roads for up to 60 days as part of a sewer project.
Stay up to date at oregonlive.com/commuting.
Season of Sharing
Season of Sharing is The Oregonian/OregonLive’s annual holiday fundraising campaign. Proceeds go to Oregon social services agencies that assist individuals and families in need. This year’s campaign, which runs through Dec. 31, is benefiting eight agencies whose missions focus on addiction/recovery, disability, homelessness or the arts. They are:
The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
Oregon Children’s Theatre
Portland Street Medicine
Safe Haven Maternity Home
Volunteers of America Oregon’s Al Forthan Scholarship
Ask Amy: Man has difficulty building best bro friendships
Dear Abby: Mourning couple excludes newborn relative from party guest list
Dear Annie: Woman who hijacks group conversations is annoying her friends
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Today in history
In 1917: Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors” and sent it to the states for ratification.
In 1957: The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line.
In 1998: The House of Representatives debated articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.