Schools opting out of National School Lunch Program

WASHINGTON — After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program. The complaint many students didn’t want to eat the meals chock full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and that the cafeterias were losing money. Federal officials don’t have exact numbers, but are...
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Still no answers on GMO wheat discovered in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s been four months since a farmer discovered GMO wheat in an Oregon field, yet scientists are no closer to knowing how the wheat ended up in the field. Since the “Roundup Ready” plants appeared in a solitary eastern Oregon field officials have been gathering information, monitoring media reports and keep...
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Heavy traffic expected for UO and OSU games this weekend

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation wants to warn travelers heading to UO and OSU games that there may be heavy traffic, and to travel early and carefully. According to ODOT, almost 30,000 additional vehicles converge on Interstate 5 and roads leading to Eugene and Corvallis when home games are on the...
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Body of missing Arizona teen found

The body of an Arizona teen who vanished last week was found around 6:30 last night. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death as a suicide. Jonathan Croon’s body was found about 1000 feet away from his dad’s SUV. The vehicle was found Wednesday on Yokum Road outside of Riddle, and  investigators...
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Cover Oregon launches new ad campaign

SALEM, Ore. — Cover Oregon is launching a second series of television ads to promote the online marketplace where consumers can shop for health insurance. The three ads launched yesterday are designed to educate the public about Cover Oregon. The ads show the ability to compare insurance plans, federal subsidies that lower the costs...
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Man hiding under a tree in storm is struck by lightning and dies

MADRAS, Ore. — A Central Oregon man returning from a weekend motorcycle trip through the Columbia Gorge died when he and his wife were struck by lightning. 50-year-old Bret Hemenway 49-year-old Connie Hemenway were heading home on Sunday on 97 when they stopped and waited under a tree for the storm to pass. Lightning...
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Medical marijuana committee in the works

A committee that makes recommendations to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program wants to add two prosecutors and an Oregon State Police official to the committee that will make the rules for medical marijuana shops. The Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana has submitted more than a dozen names of candidates for the rules committee. The...
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Oregon Trail damaged by artifact hunters

BURLEY, Id. — A portion of the Oregon Trail in south-central Idaho near Burley has been damaged by people using metal detectors and shovels to illegally search for artifacts. BLM officials said they recently found about 400 holes over several miles of the trail, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places...
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Public asked for help in search of missing teen

RIDDLE, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing person. 18-year-old Johnathan Croom’s has been missing since last Wednesday. Croom had been visiting a friend in Washington and was supposed to return to Mesa, Arizona, but his 2000 Honda CRV was found abandoned on Yokum...
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Douglas Complex fires in mop up stages

  GLENDALE, Ore. — Fire officials are mopping up the Douglas Complex burning near Glendale. Crews say recent rainfall helped get a handle of the fire this week. A quarter to a third of an inch of rain fell in the area, and was enough to knock out a lot of the embers. Fire...
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