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Portland officials approve plan to buy more streetcars

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials have approved a $10 million deal to buy two new streetcars with the option to buy additional vehicles later. The city council approved the agreement Wednesday to purchase the streetcars from Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corp., The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . The city will be entering into an existing agreement between...