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Study finds likely cause of starfish wasting disease

GRANTS PASS — Scientists have isolated a virus they are pretty sure is causing the mysterious disease that has killed millions of sea stars on the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Alaska by causing them to lose their limbs and eventually disintegrate into slime and piles of tiny bones.

Tacoma Art Museum opens expanded wing

TACOMA, Wash. — When Tacoma Art Museum throws open the doors to its new Haub Family Galleries wing next weekend after 11 months of construction, there will be a lot to celebrate beyond the first exhibit: "Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection."

Wyden pushes to boost OR logging

GRANTS PASS — Sen. Ron Wyden moved forward Thursday on his plan to get two top-priority bills — one to implement Klamath Basin water agreements and the other to boost logging in Western Oregon — through the lame-duck session of Congress before Democrats lose their majority in the Senate.

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Winter arrives in gorge with a flurry

A WINTER storm warning remains in effect through Friday afternoon

Cold arrives

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says Arctic air blowing into the Northwest on gusty winds Tuesday will drop temperatures below freezing in many locations.

The Dalles could attract pot grows

GRANTS PASS — It will be nearly two years before Oregonians can drop by the corner marijuana store to pick up some bud for the weekend, but growers are already gearing up to meet the increased demand of the coming Green Rush.

Escaped Goldendale inmate captured in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a jail in Goldendale, Washington, has been captured in Portland, Oregon.

More are targeted by PUD scam

Local businesses seem to be the focus

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HR woman accused of killing son

Mother reportedly threw child off bridge

State ballot count is low, six days to go

One in five Oregonians have voted

Six Oregon hospital groups prep for Ebola, if needed

PORTLAND — Oregon health officials have designated six hospital systems as the go-to centers for treatment in case a person in the state is suspected of having Ebola or is diagnosed with the disease.

Fatal crash puts cable barriers on fast track

ALBANY (AP) —  In the wake of Thursday’s fatal crossover crash on Interstate 5 near Albany, the Oregon Department of Transportation hopes to begin construction on cable barriers through Linn County, and in Salem, in mid-November, according to an agency spokesman.

Prosecutors: Mom high when child died

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 23-year-old woman was high on marijuana when she fled an apartment fire in Keizer, leaving her 4-year-old son inside.

Name a state trail

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail users to nominate additions to the state’s network of non-motorized trails.

Oregon tests per-mile tax

SALEM (AP) — Oregon will test a new road tax option that would charge drivers for each mile they travel, instead of the tax now added when filling up at the pump.

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