Trail Blazers fever grips Portland as Western Conference finals start: Morning Briefing – OregonLive

Trail Blazers fever grips Portland as Western Conference finals start: Morning Briefing  OregonLive

Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors begins Tuesday.

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From front, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard celebrates with guard Seth Curry and center Enes Kanter after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. The Trail Blazers won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) AP

BLAZERS FEVER: Portland heads to Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years, taking on the Golden State Warriors in Oakland in tonight’s Game 1. Read more

PSU TUITION: Portland State University’s Board of Trustees has OK’d an 11% tuition increase, over howls of protest from students. If approved by the state, the increase would be the fifth consecutive tuition hike at PSU since 2015 and by far the largest. Read more

SCHOOL FUNDING: Oregon Democrats’ multibillion-dollar business tax and education funding plan is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, after the state Senate passed it Monday. The vote came just hours after Republicans returned from a nearly weeklong boycott to protest the bill’s fast-track passage through the Legislature. Read more

GAMBLING LOSSES: Oregon gamblers could lose out on a tax break that takes some of the sting out of a bad day at the casino. Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would end the ability for taxpayers to deduct “losses from wagering transactions” from their taxable income. The tax break for gambling losses costs the state nearly $6 million a year. Read more

GRAZING LAWSUIT: Three environmental advocacy groups filed suit on Monday to block the renewal of a 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc. They argue that argue then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s renewal of the grazing permit after Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond were issued pardons violated federal regulations. Read more

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING: As Oregon gardening season gets underway, here are 5 easy ways to make growing vegetables and flowers more sustainable. Read more

RAIN RETURNING: Portland’s last rainy day was in late April, making it feel like a distant memory. But after a two-week dry-spell, rainy weather is expected to return Tuesday, starting a wet stretch that could last into the weekend. Read more

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People walk along Indian Beach on a fall day at Ecola State Park on the northern Oregon coast. Jamie Hale/The Oregonian

BEACH CAMPING: Where can you legally camp on Oregon’s beaches? Practically nowhere, it turns out. Read more

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AROUND THE NATION: In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis on their great expedition of discovery that eventually would bring them to the Pacific Northwest.

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