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Oregon to get new license plate featuring gray whales

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SALEM — From Oregon’s wine country to Crater Lake to the Portland Trailblazers, it can seem like there’s a special license plate for everything — but Oregonians will soon have one more to choose from. Oregon State University, home to a whale research program, has gathered enough would-be purchasers to …

Bear captured on video in south Eugene neighborhood

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A black bear was captured on surveillance camera outside of a house in the south hills of Eugene Thursday morning. In the black and white video, the young bear can be seen straddling a row of overturned flower pots lined up on a ledge. It walks over them carefully, before …

Nonaffiliated Oregon voters could be shut out of May primary

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SALEM — More than 800,000 of Oregon’s 2.6 million voters are not registered with any party. That’s fewer than the number of registered Democrats and more than the number of registered Republicans. The Bulletin reports Democrats and Republicans are urging voters to register with their parties before Tuesday, the deadline …

Officials considering Seattle’s Highway 99 tunnel toll costs

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SEATTLE — State transportation commissioners say they are considering the lowest possible tolls for the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle so motorists won’t be tempted to skip it for busy downtown streets. The Seattle Times reports that one top option would charge four rates that range from $1 on weekends …

Zinke signs order to expand recreational opportunities

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WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ordered his agency to expand recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. An order signed Wednesday directs the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to develop plans within 90 days that focus on expanding recreational opportunities. The …

Group submits offers to buy Portland sites for ballpark

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PORTLAND — Officials say the backers of an effort to bring a professional baseball team to Portland have submitted formal proposals to buy sites to potentially build a stadium. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the backers operating under the Portland Diamond Project are considering two sites for a ballpark near downtown. Portland …

USS Helena wreck located by team backed by Microsoft co-founder

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HELENA, Mont. — Microsoft co-founder’s mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands, reviving stories of the battle-tested ship’s endurance …

Beaverton school official resigns after immigration retweet

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PORTLAND — A Beaverton School District deputy superintendent who retweeted a claim that immigrants in the country without legal permission “were more dangerous than assault rifles” and should be banned from the U.S. has resigned. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Steve Phillips’ resignation came on Tuesday, a day after the school district …

Springfield City Council candidate drops out of the race

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SPRINGFIELD — Supporters of City Council candidate Michael Morris can vote for him if they want, but they’ll be wasting their vote. Morris, the challenger to incumbent City Councilor Sean VanGordon in the May 15 election, said he has ended his campaign — even though his name will appear on …

Uber apologizes for ‘missteps’ in Portland

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PORTLAND — Ride-hailing service Uber has apologized to Portland, acknowledging “missteps” since Uber began operating in the city in December 2014. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the company on Monday posted the text of a letter it sent to the Portland City Council. Uber didn’t identify the missteps, but their launch came …

An Oregon trail of public art in works for coastal cities

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ASTORIA — The Oregon Coast Visitors Association plans a trail of public art that will serve as a cohesive guide to statues, murals and other works of art from Astoria to Brookings. Pieces such as the Astoria Column and the tufted puffin sculpture in Cannon Beach would be included in …

Searchers find vehicle of missing California family in river

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LEGGETT, Calif. — Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river more than a week ago have found the sport utility vehicle and the bodies of a man and a girl inside, authorities said Monday. Searchers located the car Sunday in the Eel River …

Oregon dairy told not to interfere with planned herd auction

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SALEM — A judge has ordered an Oregon dairy not to interfere with the sale of its cattle to satisfy the demands of a major creditor. The Capital Press reports that Morrow County Judge Jon Lieuallen granted a preliminary injunction requiring the owner of Lost Valley Farm to cooperate with …

Police looking for red SUV in Salem shootings that killed 2

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SALEM — Deputies have identified two young men who were killed outside a Salem bar. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Tobias Helms-Reese of Salem and 21-year-old Tyler Longacre, also of Salem, both died from gunshot wounds early Saturday. Detectives are continuing to investigate the shootings that left another …

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fight

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — An eruption of bloody violence at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina left seven inmates dead and at least 17 others seriously injured, authorities said Monday. Inmates fought for more than seven hours before authorities regained control early Monday at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, according …

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