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New testing system coming to Oregon schools

New, tougher testing coming to Oregon students

The Oregon Department of Education held an informational forum Thursday night at the COCC campus in Redmond so parents, educators and students could learn more about the new Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Bend river project in home stretch

Crews busy turning Deschutes River into three channels

"It's pretty surreal," Kevin Holcomb, a 36-year resident of Bend, said Thursday of the Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project. "I remember when Bend was just a little podunk town, and now they're building stuff like this."

Prineville hires PR firm for communications

Prineville hires PR firm to get its message out

The city of Prineville has hired a public relations firm to handle city communication and help boost its image.

Oregon Legislature

Ore. Senate OKs bill making voter registration automatic

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has voted to send Gov. Kate Brown a bill automatically registering voters by using state driver's license records.

Barack Michelle Obama

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Under Obama, 4 in 10 say race relations are worse

Four in 10 Americans say race relations in the United States have gotten worse under the nation's first black president, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And 50 years after the Bloody Sunday march marked a turning point in the civil rights movement, ...

Oil derail

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Illinois oil train derailment forces evacuation

A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in Illinois at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. The resulting fire led officials to evacuate everyone within 1 mile of the accident, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported.

The BNSF Railway train derailed three miles south of Galena where the Galena River meets the Mississippi. The AP cited BNSF officials who told reporters the train had 103 cars loaded with crude oil, along with two buffer cars loaded with sand.

Truck car school bus crash

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Officials: Truck driver fell asleep in fatal collision

ORONDO, Wash. (AP) — Investigators say it appears the driver of a large box truck fell asleep before the truck crossed the center line of a rural central Washington highway, colliding with a car and a school bus.

China crime scene

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China: 10 injured in rush-hour knife attack

Knife-wielding attackers wounded 10 people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou Friday, before local police shot dead one suspect and arrested another.

The attack took place during the morning rush hour, when the assailants ...

F-16 elephant walk

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Do budget cuts threaten U.S. Air Force superiority?

As U.S. Air Force fighter jets and bombers carry out airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Air Force officials are waging a campaign of their own on Capitol Hill.

The target?

Sequestration cuts expected to take effect in 2016 that, officials say...

Uber

Eugene sues Uber, seeks service halt pending license

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Eugene have sued ride-sharing service Uber, seeking a court order to stop the service from operating in the area until it meets minimum safety requirements.

Rimrock Draw Rockshelter site

University of Oregon Archaeological Field School

Small tool, big 'tantalizing' find at SE Oregon dig site

Near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley in southeast Oregon, archaeologists recently discovered evidence suggesting one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States, officials said Thursday.

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Deschutes County 2014 home price rise No. 10 in U.S.

Homes and home sites, NE Bend

A slowdown in the fourth quarter did not boot Deschutes County (the Bend-Redmond metro area) out of the nation’s top 10 for…

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