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County payments fall

GRANTS PASS — The Obama administration is telling governors in 41 states how much money they are losing after Congress ended subsidies paid the past 20 years to counties that contain national forest land.

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Growers struggle with Wash. pot glut

SEATTLE — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry.

Drought to persist in western states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won’t be enough snow to boost water supplies.

Gun control plan resurfaces

Bloomberg, Dems to push for more laws

State leaders propose boost in education budget

SALEM — Oregon’s Democratic legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed a nearly $600 million increase in funding for primary and secondary schools during the next two-year budget cycle, but school officials said it still may not be enough to avoid cuts. The Legislature’s chief budget writers said they made education their top priority. Their $7.24 billion budget for K-12 schools would be an increase of 9 percent over current funding and 5 percent over Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposal.

OR receives $22M for conservation

Senator Wyden said state ‘treasures’ need protection

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Iron workers brave perils on tower

PORTLAND (AP) — Stand on the roof of Portland and look down. Way down. You could die a dozen ways up here. You could slip off the open deck. You could fall down the elevator shaft. A gust of wind...a swinging beam... Cables no thicker than Bic pens run around the deck and keep you safe. Safe? In the distance, Mt. Hood feels about eye level.

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Avian flu outbreak in Tri-Cities prompts warning

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Backyard poultry producers in Washington are being told by state officials to monitor their flocks after a deadly avian flu outbreak in the Tri-Cities area.

DC Council to consider 'Death with Dignity' bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. Council member wants the nation's capital to join the three states that allow terminally ill people to end their lives with the help of a physician.

Islamic cleric sentenced to life

Tried to establish OR camp training camp

Man accused of pie toss

CLACKAMAS — A sheriff's officer says a man accused of hurling a peach pie at a woman who refused to give him a cigarette has been arrested.

Oregon minimum wage rises to $9.25

PORTLAND (AP) — With the new year will come a higher wage for Oregon's lowest-paid workers.

New Ore. laws in effect Jan. 1

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s most talked about new law for 2015 — legalization of recreational marijuana — does not take effect until July. Here are some of the new laws that do apply Jan. 1:

Internet report causes scam scare

Cremation company refutes fraud allegations

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Dog rescued in Columbia Gorge

PORTLAND (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped.

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