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Drone training begins in Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. — Federal officials have approved a plan by The Oregon Army National Guard to use drones from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton as a trainingground. The Guard’s plan is to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over a 100-square-mile area of mostly wheat fields north of the airport to train troops. Local...
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Eugene man going to prison for child pornography and destroying evidence

EUGENE, Ore. — A man from Eugene that was convicted of distributing child pornography and destroying evidence was sent away for 6 years, 6 months to prison. 43 year old Timothy McCarty also has to serve five years of court-supervised release after spending time in prison. McCarty’s got caught when he distributed child porn...
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Ashland budget committee looking at add-ons to budget

ASHLAND, Ore. — Will Ashland’s Citizens’ Budget Committee approve $1.3 million worth of add-ons to the city budget. As of now, it remains to be seen. That includes up to $100,000 for a downtown study, $100,000 for a homeless help center, and salaries and benefits for a new fire inspector and code compliance officer....
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House passes labor violations bill on to Senate

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House narrowly passed a bill on yesterday requiring overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections for housekeepers, nannies and in-home cooks. The legislation is needed, according to proponents of the bill, to protect the largely female, immigrant workforce from labor violations. The House voted 32-28 which sent the...
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Jackson County Justice Transition Center crews may be working in private sector soon

PHOENIX, Ore. — Work crews from Jackson County Community Justice’s Transition Center may soon be working for private landscape and maintenance companies. Community Justice officials say this move could offset taxpayer costs and get work done on private sector jobs that have gone to bid but had no takers. County Commissioners will discuss a...
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Memorial for fallen Bend soldier and his comrades

FORT BLISS, Texas — A memorial service is planned for this month at a West Texas post for five soldiers killed in a bombing in Afghanistan, including one from Bend, Oregon. Fort Bliss officials have planned a  service for May 22 at the post chapel. Five Fort Bliss soldiers died May 4 in Maiwand,...
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Spring Storm Driving Advisory

Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination. If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in...
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Cottage Grove woman steals Social Security benefits from dead man

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — A Cottage Grove woman has plead guilty to implications that she buried a man she was taking care of after he died and then swindled the government for his Social Security benefits for 15 years after he died. 47-year-old Carel June Cody stole over $200,000 from John Arnold’s social security...
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Bill will reclassify placentas so new mothers can take them home

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature just passed a bill that will allow hospitals to send placentas home with mothers who want them that have just given birth. The Oregon Senate gave a unanimous thumbs up tp the bill, HB 2612, on yesterday. It now goes to the governor for him to sign. Under...
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Governor against Coquille Tribe’s bid to open new casino

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber strongly opposes the Coquille tribes efforts to build a casino in Medford. He wrote in a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs that he doesn’t believe casinos are good for Oregon. In a separate letter Kitzhaber cited the “one casino per tribe” policy that was agreed to in...
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