Five Things to know for Wednesday: Merkley’s reporter turn

Oktoberfest, Schmocktoberfest. Around these parts, it’s Oregon Beer Showdown time. Yup, for the next few weeks, we’ll be tallying votes as the state’s beer fans put in for their favorite brewers. You can vote yourself here. Here’s what else is happening in and around this berg we call the Rose City. Building hope A few new stories landed this morning as we bustled to choose our wardrobes. One of them actually hit our radar yesterday: Portland wants to develop an Old Town block for affordable…

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Five Things to know for Wednesday: Merkley’s reporter turn