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Oregon mine illustrates problems with national law

RIDDLE — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation’s primary mining law.

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Audit questions $17 million Wash. spent on bridge proposal

THE WASHINGTON State auditor’s office questions $17 million of the $188 million the state spent on plans to build a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River before the project was aborted.

County backs off deportation holds

HILLSBORO (AP) — The Washington County sheriff’s office says it will no longer hold people for possible deportation.

Wash. man chases his stolen truck

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County, Wash., sheriff says a man who spotted his own stolen truck and started following it helped officers recover two stolen vehicles and make two arrests.

School district told to pay $1.3M in stabbing case

SEATTLE (AP) — Jurors have told the Snohomish School District to pay $1.3 million for negligence in failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate.

Oregon appeals court affirms dogs are property

PORTLAND (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a Portland-area woman found guilty of starving her dog.

Leash to be recognized for Landmark efforts

SALEM — Doug Leash of The Dalles is among some of the some of the volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized as outstanding for their hard work and achievements at the April 24 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

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Vet with one leg to run Boston Marathon

Diagnosis doesn’t stop Lychik from running

Wolf panel moves forward

Wasco County prepares to deal with livestock losses

Bodies found in Columbia, Willamette near Portland

PORTLAND, (AP) — A Multnomah County sheriff’s spokesman says river patrol deputies responding to a report April 14 of a body in the Columbia River in the Portland area spotted another body floating mid-channel in the nearby Willamette River. The bodies — both adult men — have been recovered.

Dam rangers host Earth Day clean-up

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to join its park rangers for the annual Earth Day event April 27 at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and Seufert Park.

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Critter specialist heads into retirement

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stars of the Wild Kingdom TV series made it glamorous, but Howard Ferguson has made his living handling and monitoring critters ranging from butterflies to moose.

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GMO panel gets to work

Governor does not expect consensus due to make up of diverse group

Cover Oregon narrows exchange future

PORTLAND — Officials with Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange say they’ve narrowed the options for the site’s future to two: switching to the federal exchange, or staying with the current technology and hiring a new contractor to fix it.

Judge: Flashing high beams is free speech

MEDFORD (AP) — A Jackson County judge says flashing your headlights to warn other drivers about nearby law enforcement is protected as free speech under the Oregon Constitution. Jackson County Justice Court Judge Joe Charter ruled March 26 that a driver on Highway 140 didn’t break any law last September when he used his high-beams to warn other driver about a sheriff’s deputy in the car behind.

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