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Thursday in Portland: Teenager hospitalized after shooting in NE Portland, voters projected to pass Measure 114

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Nov. 10 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. 15-year-old girl hospitalized after shooting in NE Portland

A 15-year-old girl has been hospitalized after shots were fired on Wednesday in northeast Portland. The Portland Police Bureau said the incident happened on Northeast 80th Avenue and Northeast Couch Street just after 3:30 p.m.

According to authorities, the girl was struck in the shooting and taken to a nearby hospital. Police said her injuries were serious but non-life threatening. PPB’s Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate.

2. Oregon voters projected to pass Measure 114

Measure 114, which calls for stricter gun laws in Oregon, is projected to pass by a slim margin. If passed, the measure will require a police-issued, five-year permit and a federal criminal background check on all gun purchases, as well as gun safety training. It also bans the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Supporters of the measure say it will help reduce the amount of guns in Oregon and encourage more responsible gun ownership and storage. Opponents say it will be a hindrance only for lawful gun owners, or that firearm ownership shouldn’t be placed in the responsibility of police.

Many aspects of the measure will still need to be ironed out if it passes, so it could be awhile before voters see a practical impact.

3. Christmas tree arrives in Pioneer Courthouse Square

On Wednesday, the 75-foot tall holiday tree arrived at Pioneer Courthouse Square ahead of the 38th Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree was donated by Stimson Lumber Company. The Tree Lighting Ceremony has been held virtually for the last two years, but will be held in person this year on Nov. 25.

A huge crane was used to lift the tree into place. Theresa Vetsch-Sandoval, with Pioneer Courthouse Square, said a lot of events will be returning in person this holiday season.

“I think it’s just a special moment for the entire city,” Alex Wilkins, who attends the event with her family every year, told KGW. “It’s just a tradition for the entire city that everyone enjoys.”

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