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Court: Suspects can be ordered to take meds

PORTLAND — State judges can force defendants to take medication against their will so they can stand trial, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Anomalies sought in Seattle crash

SEATTLE — The challenge of determining what caused a fatal helicopter crash near the Space Needle that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground is complicated by the fire that charred much of the wreckage, a federal investigator says.

Hood River County sets pot dispensary hearing

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners will be seeking the public’s input next month on whether or not it should temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in the county’s unincorporated areas.

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Oregon AG will implement gay marriage if ban fails

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s attorney general told a federal court Tuesday why she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal constitutional rights of homosexual couples.

Oregon jobless rate continues slow decline

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s jobless rate continues to inch down, falling under 7 percent last month.

High tech workers more in demand at lumber mills

ROSEBURG (AP) — Jobs in southern Oregon lumber mills go increasingly these days to people with college degrees, a change in a region where young people used to make a good living in the timber business right out of high school.

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Two die in news helicopter crashes

SEATTLE — A news helicopter crashed into a city street near Seattle’s Space Needle on Tuesday, killing two people, critically injuring a person in a car on the ground and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning rush hour.

State won’t release Salem child bone cancer study

SALEM (AP) — In a reversal, the Oregon Health Authority now says it won’t release the results of a statewide analysis of bone cancer cases.

ODFW traps second cougar near Eugene city park

SALEM, Ore.—ODFW has trapped and euthanized a second problem cougar adjacent to Hendricks City Park in Eugene. A trap remains set for a third cougar believed to still be in the area.

Judge orders fewer hatchery fish released

PORTLAND (AP) — A judge has ordered federal fish managers in Oregon to release fewer young salmon into the Sandy River this year to ensure that hatchery fish don’t harm wild fish — but has left other hatchery operations intact.

Small businesses can get Cover Oregon aid

SALEM (AP) — The Obama administration says Oregon small businesses can get tax credits under the federal health care law even though the state’s troubled health insurance exchange still hasn’t set up a small-business enrollment system.

Court rules for landowner in rails-to-trails dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad, a decision that could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate landowners.

Wolves increase in Washington

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in the state over the past year, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting Saturday (March 8).

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FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been illegal under federal law.

Up a tree without a policy

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Zeb Postelwait of Washington state always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice from the city to tear it down.

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