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Investigation: former Gov. Kitzhaber repeatedly violated state ethics laws

Former Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber illegally used his public office for personal financial gain, a newly released investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission has found. Investigator Marie Scheffers determined Kitzhaber violated state ethics laws eleven times during his third term, up from four violations identified in the commission’s preliminary …

Highway 126 near McKenzie Bridge closed after propane truck crash

MCKENZIE BRIDGE — Highway 126 is closed Wednesday afternoon near McKenzie Bridge, after a propane truck crash. State transportation department officials said the closure is one mile west of the highway’s intersection with Highway 242. There is no detour. The road will remain closed until propane can be pumped from …

UO advisory board recommends another tuition increase

A University of Oregon advisory board recommends another tuition increase at UO for next school year. The annual cost of being a Duck would go up 2.84 percent for students who are from Oregon and 2.49 percent for students coming to the university from outside the state, under the recommendations …

Host of NPR’s ‘On Point’ fired over workplace abuse claims

BOSTON — The host of one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs has been fired over allegations of workplace abuse. Boston radio station WBUR said Wednesday that “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook was cleared of sexual misconduct but created an abusive environment for staff. He’s been on leave since …

Watchdog’s report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses

WASHINGTON — An internal watchdog’s investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife’s airfare for an 11-day European trip. The report also questions Shulkin’s decision to direct agency staff on official time to arrange …

Penguins celebrate Valentine’s Day at SF aquarium

SAN FRANCISCO — Penguins are looking for love with big red hearts at a San Francisco aquarium. In what has become an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, biologists handed out red felt hearts to the 14 African penguins at the California Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. The animals grabbed the hearts …

Vicki Walker gets temporary top job at Oregon Department of State Lands

SALEM — Vicki Walker, a former longtime state lawmaker from Eugene, was appointed interim director of the Oregon Department of State Lands on Tuesday. Walker, a Eugene resident, was the unanimous choice of Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and state Treasurer Tobias Read — the three members …

Man in van located, not a threat, Lane County Sheriff’s Office says

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is no longer seeking the white van involved in a suspicious circumstances report filed Monday in Veneta. Lane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Carrie Carver said Tuesday afternoon the van’s owner has been talked to and deputies do not believe that there is a threat to the …

Oregon Pacific Bank boosts yearly profits

Profits at Florence-based Oregon Pacific Bank rose 25 percent last year, the bank reported on Tuesday. The bank said it had a net profit of $1.4 million in the year ended Dec. 31, 2017, compared with $1.1 million in 2016. For 2017, profits equaled 31 cents a share compared with …

Man found dead in Springfield house Monday identified

SPRINGFIELD — The man involved in the Monday evening shooting at a home in Springfield has been identified. Timothy Michael Kurtz, 48, was found dead at a home on the 600 block of South 55th Street around 9 p.m. Monday. Kurtz died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Springfield police have …

Crash near Veneta closes Highway 126W

VENETA — A serious crash on Highway 126 West has closed the highway two miles west of the Randy Papè Beltline Highway. The roadway is currently closed to traffic and drivers are asked to avoid the area and take alternative routes. The Oregon Department of Transportation recommends a detour from …

Florence doesn’t make cut for ‘Small Business Revolution’ reality show

FLORENCE — Better luck next year? Florence residents learned Tuesday morning that their hometown wasn’t named as one of five finalists to be featured in the third season of “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” a Web-based reality show. “So sad to hear that we did not make the top …

Springfield teen facing attempted murder charge after shooting in Portland

PORTLAND — A 17-year-old Springfield boy, accused of shooting a 16-year-old male in Portland earlier this month, has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Jeffrey David Terrell was arrested Monday near Providence Park in downtown Portland on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault. He was booked …

Intelligence leaders give global threat report to Congress

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration predicts Russia will meddle in U.S. elections this year as it pursues bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies, U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday. In this year’s global threats assessment, they also described the risk of conflict, especially with North …

Police called to report of gunshot find man, deceased

SPRINGFIELD — A woman and her two teenage children huddled inside the garage of their family home Monday after the woman called police to say her husband had fired a gun in the house. Lt. Scott McKee of the Springfield police said the woman called 911 about 7 p.m. Monday …

Eugene council refers auditor, parks and recreation funding measures to May ballot

Eugene city councilors on Monday referred three high-profile measures to the May 15 ballot, presenting voters with a competing charter amendment for a proposed city auditor’s office and asking them to pay higher taxes to improve the city’s parks and recreation system. Regarding the city auditor measure, it’s believed to …

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