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Good Morning and Long Live Kate Bush! It used to be that Portland only had one or two weeks of "it's a hot one" temps in August. But now it's a crisis we go through every week, all summer. Here's some hotness related and non-hotness related news.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Portland and the greater Willamette Valley until tomorrow at 10 pm. Multnomah County announced that it plans to open one, daytime cooling shelter for today—in Old Town. Depending on weather conditions, city and county leaders may open additional centers. 

A corpse flower on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver is now in bloom. The rare occurrence is expected to continue for 24-48 hours. If you can't make it out, WSU has a corpse flower live cam, trained on the spadix—although, the whole point of a corpse flower is its smell.

• Workers at Portland's Slabtown New Seasons location filed to hold a union vote yesterday, saying they want to have more input on policies, address staffing problems at the store, and advocate for higher wages.

• Now that the Legislature requires county medical examiners and funeral directors to track data on deaths related to homelessness, we're finally able to look at six months of numbers. The Oregonian's Nicole Hayden reports that "Multnomah County is the site of a greatly disproportionate share of deaths of homeless people in Oregon."

 

IN NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Sunday, August 14 marked the anniversary of the disappearance of US journalist Austin Tice, after he went missing ten years ago at checkpoint near Damascus. In the days before the anniversary, President Biden urged Syrian leaders to help facilitate Tice's release, but as of this morning Syrian officials have denied holding him, calling the idea "misleading and illogical."

Yesterday, after losing the Wyoming Republican primary for her congressional spot, Liz Cheny told NBC News that she is now thinking about running for president in 2024.

I'm sure someone will chime in to say that this peaceful, floating cow faces certain irrigation canal-related death, but until then I will enjoy this: