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Smoke ban is proposed for beaches in Oregon

BANDON — Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through Aug. 29. Comments will be taken by email and through a series of four public hearings in August.

Sheriff won't provide escorts in Wash. labor dispute

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County sheriff has declined a request to escort state grain inspectors past picket lines in a long-running contract dispute between a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal and a union.

Police: Clark Co. woman shoots, kills boyfriend

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County sheriff's office says a woman shot and killed her boyfriend Tuesday night during a domestic dispute in Vancouver.

Oregon public pension finances looking better

SALEM (AP) — Cuts in retiree benefits and investment returns that beat expectations have eased the pressure on rates that governments pay to finance public pensions in Oregon.

Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb.

Oregon firefighter dies in fall while on break

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) An Oregon firefighter died in a fall while on a break from battling a wildfire in the southern Cascade Range, officials said.

Free showers for homeless end at Seaside city pool

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A 2-year-old voucher program that allowed homeless people to get free hot showers at the city pool in Seaside has come to an end because authorities are worried about risks to children and others who might be vulnerable.

Clark Co. to ask residents on 3rd Columbia bridge

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — With a 2-1 vote, Clark County commissioners have approved placing an advisory vote on November's ballot to gauge public interest on a third bridge over the Columbia River.

Man gets life in Silverton killing

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in a Silverton home.

Salmon will only get more water if die-off starts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal agency said Wednesday it will release extra water into Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.

Indictment details charges in fatal Creswell fire

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Lane County jury has indicted a 42-year-old Eugene man on charges that he killed two acquaintances and set fire to their rural home at Creswell.

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Accessory in 2011 killing spree pleads guilty

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years of probation for helping a couple get rid of a victim's vehicle during a three-state killing spree.

Ore. authorities search for missing man

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old man who was reported missing from a wilderness program in a remote area of Lake County in central Oregon.

Searchers find no sign of missing Dundee woman

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — It's been a week since 38-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee disappeared, and searchers are running out of leads.

Fire burns wood pellet business in Banks

BANKS, Oregon (AP) — A two-alarm fire has damaged the West Oregon Wood Products business in Banks, which makes pellets for wood stoves.

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