Study shows snow pack melts faster in wildfire areas

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A new study shows that burned forest leftovers from Oregon’s wildfire seasons have made the snow pack melt faster. More snow fell in burned forests than in green ones, and then the snow melted off twice as fast in burned forests, and was gone 23 days earlier according to studies....
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State may tax electronic cigarettes

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature is looking at whether to tax electronic cigarettes. The state Department of Revenue told House and Senate committees yesterday that there are currently no taxes on electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are becoming popular, as people are turning to them as alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Lawmakers are discussing a tax...
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Oregon’s minimum wage will go up in January

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s labor commissioner says the state’s hourly minimum wage is going up to $9.10 an hour in  January. That’s a 15-cent increase, up from $8.95. This makes Oregon’s minimum wage the second-highest in the country, behind Washington state. The increase is automatic and tied to the U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price...
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Hemp farmers won’t be stopped from growing their crops in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — People who want to grow hemp in Oregon for fiber and textile production say the federal decision not to challenge marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is in their favor. The U.S. Attorney in Portland says their office won’t interfere with hemp production as long as the state has controls and...
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Klamath Chamber warns the public about Springhill Press maps

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Calls from Springhill Press selling advertising for a map have been going out to locals, and the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce wants you to know that they are not involved with the calls or Springhill Press. Springhill Press is telling callers they are working with the Chamber to sell...
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FDA gets over 200 calls about recalled Chobani yogurt

WASHINGTON — More than 200 people have filed complaints to federal authorities that they’ve gotten sick after eating Chobani yogurt. The Food and Drug Administration had taken 223 calls so far from the public. The agency hasn’t identified the source of illness yet, and the cause is still under investigation.
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Klamath Falls decides to add patrols to the downtown area

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Downtown Association Board has decided to fight crime by adding police on bikes and foot patrols in the downtown area. Law enforcement will begin patrolling downtown this week in an attempt to cut down on the panhandlers, skateboarding issues, shoplifters, and transients.  The move is to help...
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GMO alfalfa plants and seeds found in Eastern Washington

EASTERN WASHINGTON — The state Department of Agriculture says alfalfa seed and plant samples taken from an Eastern Washington farm did have traces low level genetic modification. Samples showed a low-level presence of being Round-Up Ready, which was created by Monsanto, meaning they are able to tolerate the well-known herbicide. The testing was ordered...
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Oregonians are driving less

SALEM, Ore. — Oregonians are driving less according to recent studies. An analysis shows that driving in the state has been falling since reaching a peak in 2004. Almost a decade ago the average distance traveled per person in Oregon was almost 10,000 miles, and at the end of last year it was only...
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Minimum wage will go up to $10 in California

SACRAMENTO, Ca. — Thursday California lawmakers voted for a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage from eight dollars to ten dollars by 2016. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign off wage increase any day now. If Governor Brown signs the bill, California would be the highest paid state in the country....
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