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Budget committee to visit Ashland, 5 other cities for input

SALEM, Ore. — Members of the Ways and Means Committee will travel the state seeking public input for future budget plans. The budget committee of the Oregon Legislature will hear from the public starting April 12. They’ll visit Eugene, Ashland, Bend, Hermiston, Portland, and Tillamook, wrapping up on April 25. Lawmakers must approve a two-year...
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Interior Department recommends full removal of Klamath River dams

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior recommends full removal of all four dams on the Klamath River and nearly $1 billion should be spent on environmental restoration. That is according to the department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement and an announcement on Thursday. The next step is congressional action. According to a news release,...
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Measure to tax cigarettes at county level heads to Senate

SALEM, Ore. — By a narrow margin, the Oregon House has voted to let counties tax cigarettes. The final tally was 31-29 Thursday. The measure now heads to the Senate. Tobacco taxes are currently the exclusive authority of the state. Proponents say the bill would help struggling counties raise revenue while discouraging smoking. Critics say...
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Shooting victim dies, Person of interest now suspect

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – One of the two victims in a Sunday shooting has died. 28-year-old Terry Dwight Entriken was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning according to the Oregon Department of Justice’s Jeff Manning. He was found outside an apartment on Sunday when police responded to a 911 call. Earlier this week, authorities named a...
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Volunteer of the Year nominations due Monday

Nominations for the Klamath County Volunteer of the Year Awards are due on Monday at noon. Entry forms are available at the United Way or can be sent by e-mail fax or mail, according to the People’s Choice Awards chairperson Marla Edge. Entry forms are also available through this link.  According to the nomination form, the...
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Police release information, name person of interest in Sunday shooting

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath Falls Police have released the names of the victims involved in the double shooting at an apartment complex on Washburn Way Sunday. They also named a person of interest. 28-year-old Terry Dwight Entriken is in critical condition at Sky Lakes Medical Center after police found him shot in the head...
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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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