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Rural Oregon Looks to FCC to Open Internet

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as “net neutrality.” But smaller Internet service providers are asking to be exempted if that happens. In...
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50 Dead in Oregon Fires in 2014

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Fifty Oregonians lost their lives due to fire-related injuries in 2014. This is the most since the 53 fire fatalities in 2008. Residential fires accounted for 34 of the 50 fatalities. The sixteen non-residential deaths involved fires with motor homes, outdoor fires, motor vehicle accidents involving fire, and other situations. “All...
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Klamath Tribes Awarded Housing Grant

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Klamath Tribes will receive 2.6 million dollars to help pay for housing for tribal members. It’s part of a block grant of more than 15-million dollars awarded to Oregon’s 10 tribes. The money is meant for building or maintaining housing for low-income families on Indian Reservations or other native american communities. 
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Modoc County Community Center in the Works

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The City of Alturas is considering using money from a trust fund to build a new Community Center. Council members reviewed plans for the proposal this week. Lifelong Modoc County resident John Wall left more than 2-million dollars to the Alturas Rotary club to support youth activities. Council will hold a public hearing...
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Cover Oregon is No More

Salem, Ore.– The Oregon state senate voted Thursday to dissolve Cover Oregon. Under the plan, Oregon will still run an insurance exchange through the Affordable Care Act, using the federal website. But Cover Oregon as an agency would no longer exist. Management of the health exchange would fall under the Department of Consumer and Business Services.
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Walmart Announces Wage Hikes

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Walmart is bowing to nation-wide pressure from Unions and hiking some employees’ wages starting in April. They’re overhauling their hourly pay structure… raising the wages of current associates in the US to 10-dollars an hour, but that won’t happen until next year. Minimum starting pay will increase to 9-bucks an hour across the...
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Tax Kicker Could Happen This Year

Salem, Ore.– Ready for a kicker? Economic forecasters in the state say the state’s coffers are filling up fast… which could mean the kicker goes into effect when the 2-year budget ends on June 30th. This would be the first time since 2007 that taxpayers have received a refund after the taxes collected by the...
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Brown Sworn in as Oregon Governor

Salem, Ore.– Oregon has a new governor… former oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in this morning as Oregon’s new governor… just weeks after John Kitzhaber took the oath of office to start his historic fourth term in the executive seat… He announced his resignation on Friday after mounting allegations of wrong-doing...
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Oregon Chub Removed from Endangered List

Salem, Ore.– The Oregon chub has become the first fish in the US to be removed from the Federal endangered species list. It was first listed as endangered in 1993, with a population of about 11-hundred. Today, there are about 140-thousand of species thriving in the state. The chub is a small minnow found...
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Klamath County Man Subject of Search

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Searchers are asking for your help finding a Klamath County man who’s been missing since Friday. The Lake County sheriff’s office is leading the search for Spencer King Giesea, with the help of Oregon State Police, after his motor home got stuck on Forest Service Road 36-60, north of Highway 140....
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