Tuition for illegal immigrants — A bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon universities has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to a vote in the full House. Oregon requires university students to pay higher out-of-state tuition if they can’t prove they are legally in the United States. The bill’s supporters say young illegal immigrants shouldn’t be denied access to affordable higher education because of their parents’ decision to migrate without authorization. Critics say the state shouldn’t subsidize college tuition for people who can’t legally work in the United States. The measure has support from lawmakers of both parties and could come up for a House vote as soon as Friday.
Portland coffee at the Oscars— Coffee from Portland Roasting has been selected as the official backstage coffee at the Oscars. The company told KGW-TV they will be serving their Organic Tanager’s Song blend and a decaffeinated Vienna blend in the green room during the ceremony. The award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday in Los Angeles.
Train door stuck open — A commuter caught on camera a door stuck open on a fast-moving Portland MAX train while it sped along Interstate 84 toward the Lloyd Center. TriMet officials tell KGW-TV that kind of malfunction is rare. The train car has been pulled from service. TriMet encourages the public to immediately alert the operator of a train when they see a safety concern.
Vigil held for hit-and-run victim — The family of a Portland man killed by a hit-and-run driver has held a candlelight vigil at the scene of the accident. KGW-TV reports the Sunday night vigil was a sign of solidarity as the family waits for the man who killed their loved one to turn himself in. Portland Police say 56-year-old Tommy Gann was killed Thursday morning by a hit-and-run driver in Southeast Portland at Southeast Holgate Street and 14th Avenue. Fifty-seven-year-old Victorio Nogueda-Berrera is wanted for felony hit-and-run after his white Ford Econoline van was located.
23 arrested at UO party — A rowdy party at the University of Oregon led to more than 20 arrests early Saturday. KVAL-TV reports that four Eugene police officers went to the Campbell Club student co-op on a noise complaint shortly before midnight. The officers had to call for backup to help deal with a crowd of about 200 people and make arrests. Fourteen of the 23 people arrested were booked into the Lane County Jail on charges ranging from noise violations to interfering with police and resisting arrest.
— From wire reports