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Floods and rockslides are on the menu today for Oregon.
Floods and rockslides are on the menu today for Oregon. Multnomah County Sheriff's Department

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! I saw your eyes, and you made me cry. And for a little while, I was falling in love. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• And good morning, FLOODING. The flood (and landslide!) watch that's currently in effect will continue through this evening as heavy rains swamp low-lying areas. (Have you checked your local storm drain lately?) And just in case you're wondering: No, all this rain we've been having lately still isn't enough to reverse Oregon's drought.

• On Wednesday the public weighed in with a LOT of opinions regarding Mayor Wheeler's plans about how the city should be spending an unexpected budget surplus of $62 million. (Spoiler alert: If approved, $10 million could be going to the cops... who I thought were supposed to be defunded?) Our Alex Zielinski has all the juicy details.

• The superintendent who was fired without cause by the extremist Newberg School Board spoke out for the first time yesterday since his dismissal, telling furious parents and teachers to keep up the fight and continue supporting the district's schools.

• The Oregon State Hospital is on the receiving end of a federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of two people who were ordered to be taken in over a month ago, but still haven't been admitted.

• Intel, Oregon's largest employer and who also contracts for the government, instructed employees to get ready for a January 4 federally mandated vaccine deadline, or else agree to being tested twice weekly.

• If you're as annoyed by rich people as I am, you do not want to miss this week's edition of POP QUIZ PDX, which has lots of funny trivia Qs about Portland excess, a wealth of scandals, and this subjective question: "If you could, which of the following billionaires would you bankrupt... with your MIND?"

IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:

• The UN's climate summit is set to wrap today, and negotiators are rushing to work out the kinks in an agreement, which as expected, is causing strife when it comes to fossil fuels and emissions. Already some of the language has been softened.

• Yesterday an appeals court temporarily allowed Trump to block the Biden administration from giving congress the former presidents documents that would show what sort of shenanigans he was up to on the day of January 6 when domestic terrorists were attacking the capitol. However, the court said it's fast-tracking the case for November 30 when they'll issue a final decision.

• The defense has rested in the case of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse—who murdered two and wounded another during a 2020 Wisconsin protest. The decision now goes to an overwhelmingly white jury, soooooooo... that could be problematic.

• Infuriating headline of the day (so far): "Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee says she was pepper-sprayed in racist attack."

• Britney Spears' fans are holding their breath that today could be the day whether or not a judge will allow her conservatorship to end. (Legal experts are saying the results are looking positive.)

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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Whoopee! Steady heavy rain today with a high of 63.

• And finally, if you ever need a really good lawyer... maybe give this kid a shot.