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Andrea Pinkston

Storms rake region with lightning; power outage, hunt for fires

A new rash of thunderstorms peppered the High Desert with heavy rain and numerous lightning strikes Monday afternoon, apparently triggering a widespread power outage while  dropping heavy rain in many locations that fire bosses hoped would blunt the threat of new wildfires.

Oregon Legislature adjourns 2015 session

Oregon lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session. In the final hours, lawmakers on Monday approved $1.2 billion in construction projects, kept alive several tax credits that were due to expire and approved a hotline for strippers to report workplace violations.

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Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe birth control

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon women will no longer have to visit a health clinic for a birth control prescription starting next year.

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New C. Oregon public lands fire restrictions begin Friday

Given the continued trend of hot and dry conditions, and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, public lands managers are implementing campfire restrictions and further restricting industrial activity, effective later this week.

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1 dead, 3 injured in Wash. ice cave collapse

Ice caves on a Washington state mountainside collapsed for the second day, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said Monday night.

Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton told KING that the danger of another collapse at Big Four Ice Caves in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National

SUV fire Powell Butte Hwy. Larry Davis

Larry Davis

Powell Butte Hwy. SUV fire sparks small brushfire

An SUV caught fire Sunday morning on the Powell Butte Highway east of Pronghorn Resort, and while everyone got out unhurt, the blaze that consumed the vehicle also sparked a small brushfire, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

First high weekend on High Desert

First 'high' weekend on High Desert tallied

It was a festive Fourth of July weekend on the High Desert. It also was the first weekend where recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.

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Escaped La Pine rodeo bull flees again, killed by train

A bull that escaped from the La Pine Rodeo after a ride Fright night was found later that night on a rodeo board member's property. But a crew who went to euthanize him for repeated escapes found he'd fled again and was struck and killed by a train by Highway 97.

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KGW

Victim in fatal Salem plane crash identified

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The pilot killed in a single-fatality light plane crash at a Salem, Oregon, airport has been identified as a 60-year-old Salem businessman.

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Gas could drop to $2 per gallon with Iran deal

Iran is nearing an historic nuclear deal with the West -- and that's scaring the oil markets.

Oil prices plunged nearly 8 percent and broke below $53 a barrel on Monday, the deepest plunge for crude oil since early February.

American drivers may have even low...

De'Andre Johnson

Florida State University

Video shows FSU QB punching woman at a bar

The moment captured on camera escalates quickly.

In one frame, Florida State University quarterback De'Andre Johnson, 19, is seen arguing with a woman at a crowded bar.

In the next frame, she raises a fist.

He grabs her arm. She attempts to hit him. He ...

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