Interns may get better protections at work

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon legislators are trying to pass legislation that will benefit people interning at businesses. Today the House Rules Committee will consider approving a measure, House Bill 2699, that would extend several workplace protections to interns. Currently, interns don’t enjoy many of the same civil rights protections that employees do in Oregon...
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Morning News Updates – 5.10.2013

Here’s the latest updates from the Newstalk 1150 KAGO newsdesk:
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Sage Grouse numbers stable near Bend

BEND, Ore. — After counting the sage grouse near Bend, wildlife officials have decided that the species is relatively stable. This discovery is important because the numbers determine if the sage grouse should be listed as a protected species. The decision on that classifcation is expected by 2015. Officials count the grouse in April,...
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Biking is big business in Oregon

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Bicycling is big business in Oregon according to a new study released yesterday by the state’s tourism agency, Travel Oregon. Recreational bike travel accounts for $400 million of Oregon’s annual $9 billion tourism industry. Of people who spent time cycling around Oregon, 83 percent also hike, and 58 percent visited...
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Dalai Lama visits Oregon this week

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is in Portland for speeches today and Saturday on the environment. He’s also delivering a public lecture Friday at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The visit is hosted by Maitripa College, a Buddhist institution in Southeast Portland. School president and professor Yangsi Rinpoche...
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Cabela’s holds fishing contest for $2,000,000 fish and other prizes

BEND, Ore. — Cabela’s Sporting Goods has the greatest fishing contest ever going on this summer, and you could win $2,000,000 just by catching one fish. Cabela’s has  stocked 20 lakes in the US, including Hagg Lake, near Portland, and South Twin Lakes, near Bend, and one of those 20 lakes has the $2,000,000...
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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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