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House votes to remove exemption for insurance companies

SALEM, Ore. — By a narrow vote, the Oregon House has taken steps to make it easier for consumers to sue insurance companies. Insurance companies have long been exempt from the Uniform Trade Practices Act, which allows the attorney general, district attorneys or private parties to sue businesses for unlawful business practices. The bill...
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Two suffer head wounds in Sunday shooting

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Two people were injured in a shooting on Sunday in Klamath Falls.  Oregon Department of Justice spokesperson Jeff Manning The woman was believed to be found in an apartment. Oregon Department of Justice spokesperson Jeff Manning said the information was updated as of Monday and the names of the victims have...
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Study aimed at assessing threat of offshore earthquake on state’s dams

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — What is the potential impact of a major offshore earthquake on dams in Oregon and southern Washington?  That is the question the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is trying to answer through a study which is about halfway completed.  Dam safety program manager Matt Craig said Monday the agency doesn’t expect...
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Final partner gone from potential Coos Bay coal export agreement

COOS BAY, Ore. — After not renewing a negotiating agreement, the final partner has dropped out of a proposal to ship coal to Asia. Metropolitan Stevedore Company of Wilmington, Calif., known as Metro Ports, is no longer part of a proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay....
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Early morning house fire damages four rooms

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A house fire in Klamath Falls last Friday caused $70,000 in damage to the home. According to Klamath County Fire District No. 1, the homeowner, Kevin Homer, was awakened by a smoke detector to a fire in his bedroom early in the morning. A neighbor reported the fire to 911, which...
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With agreement, Howard Prairie Resort set to open as usual

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thanks to a new agreement between the Mt. Ashland Association and Jackson County, the Howard Prairie Resort will open as usual next month. The Mail Tribune reports that the county took over the resort east of Ashland in February after the former owner fell behind in lease payments and taxes. In a...
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House Committee letter questions Secure Rural Schools fund repayment

WASHINGTON — A letter from the House Natural Resources Committee says the Obama Administration is requesting repayment of $17.9 million in Secure Rural Schools payments. The letter is from committee chairman Doc Hastings and 30 Members of Congress to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Office of Management and Budget Director...
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Studded tire removal deadline is Sunday

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation says studded tire season won’t last part March 31. The department announced that no extension will occur this season and that studded tires need to be removed by the normal deadline. ODOT also encourages studded tire users to remove them immediately if they aren’t driving in snow...
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Citizens for Safe Schools earns unique distinction

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath Falls-based Citizens for Safe Schools was recently named a High-Quality Program of Oregon Mentors, the first organization in southern Oregon to earn such a distinction, according to a release.  Citizens for Safe Schools spokesperson Kelly Minty Morris Minty Morris describes the efforts by the organization to earn the title. Citizens...
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OR-7 moves to Jackson County, feeding on a dead elk

MEDFORD, Ore. — After re-entering Oregon in Klamath County, the wandering wolf OR-7 has moved to Jackson County where he’s been feeding on a dead elk. State wildlife biologist Mark Vargas tells the Medford Mail Tribune he found fresh wolf tracks and got close enough for a strong signal from the radio transmitter in...
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