Around the State


Published May 9, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Coal export — An energy company has dropped plans for a coal export terminal downstream of Portland along the Columbia River and will look for another site in the Northwest, a spokesman said Wednesday. Kinder Morgan Inc. decided not to seek permits at the Port of St. Helens industrial park because of the site’s logistics, not because of the debate over coal exports from the Pacific Northwest to Asia, a spokesman said.

‘Sit-lie’ bill — A state Senate committee has heard testimony on a bill that’s reviving the debate over whether people should be allowed to sit or lie on Portland’s sidewalks. A judge four years ago nullified Portland’s “sit-lie” ordinance, saying it conflicted with state law. A bill in this legislative session would allow cities to come up with their own sidewalk rules.

Drone training — The Oregon Army National Guard has won federal permission to use drones from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton. The East Oregonian reports the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Guard’s plan to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over a 100-square-mile area of mostly wheat fields north of the airport to train troops.

— From wire reports