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New lightning fires arise

Not clear how many new starts may grow into large fires.

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Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon system

PORTLAND — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been actively seeking to avoid.

Bee results awaited

PORTLAND (AP) — The mystery of the dead honeybees in Clackamas County will take a little longer to solve. The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it collected dead bees from four locations to screen for pesticides, but has yet to test them because the lab is backed up with other projects. Agency spokesman Bruce Pokarney told the Statesman Journal newspaper that tests results might be ready within the next couple of weeks.

Hillsboro hit by pastry prankster

HILLSBORO (AP) — There’s mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn’t involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we’re talking pastry here — maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.

Eugene hosts IAAF World Junior championships

Trayvon Bromell is making bold predictions for the junior world track championships this week.

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Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fires

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Personal items recovered from Oso mudslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of pieces of personal property have been recovered from the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.

Oregon paid $68,000 to fired Cover Oregon exec

PORTLAND (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber says he cleaned house after the Cover Oregon failure by removing three officials responsible for the botched health insurance website.

Progress made on five fires

Fire authorities on the Shaniko Butte Fire reported reduced danger to the Deschutes River corridor over the weekend and opened the river between Trout Creek and Long Bend about 10 miles south of Maupin.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry statewide fire update

Currently 19 uncontained large wildfires are burning across Oregon and Washington, with 12 of the fires in Oregon. Large fires within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:

Polk County sheriff’s sgt. killed in crash

SALEM (AP) — Salem police say a Polk County, Oregon, sheriff’s sergeant has died in a traffic crash on state Highway 22.

Trash-to-electricity project to double capacity

ARLINGTON (AP) — Waste Management is doubling capacity at its landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, generating more energy for homes and businesses 260 miles away in Seattle.

Oregon contractor pleads guilty to defrauding US

Kustom Products sold defective Kiowa parts

Damage from Washington wildfires ‘hard to believe’

PATEROS, Wash. — Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call “Paterodise.”

Settlement displeases Portland Mayor Hale

PORTLAND (AP) — Though he signed the document, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he’s not happy with the settlement that ended the city’s legal battle with police Capt. Mark Kruger. Back In 1999, Kruger posted a plaque in a city park that honored Nazi-era German soldiers.



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