The governor of the US state of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, has announced that he will step down next week in the face of allegations that his fiancee exploited her position as the state`s unofficial first lady to benefit her business.
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, set to become the nation`s first openly bisexual governor on Wednesday, is an under-the-radar liberal Democrat known for her struggles to expand voting and her push for greater campaign finance transparency.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber resigned on Friday amid influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancée that have triggered a criminal corruption probe and led to a frenzy of criticism from prominent fellow Democrats, once strong allies.
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A gunman walked into an Oregon high school gym with a rifle and shot a student to death on Tuesday before he was found dead in a bathroom stall, in the third outbreak of gun violence to shake a U.S. high school or college campus in less than three weeks.
A Polish military officer visiting the United States for training with a drone manufacturer fell about 1,000 feet (300 meters) to his death while recreationally climbing Oregon`s Mount Hood, authorities said.