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Two Bend legal fights - water and Roats - revived in '15

Two lawsuits over city of Bend controversies that were dismissed in late 2014 are being revived in the new years, promising more debate over the Bend Surface Water Improvement Project and the residency qualifications of new City Councilor Casey Roats.

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Oregon puts focus on graduation rate gains

Oregon released graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year Thursday, showing the number of students graduating up to 72 percent from 68.7 percent a year ago, reflecting steady growth over the last five years -- and a broader definition change that the state calls a fairer way to report the numbers.

Bend-La Pine graduation rate tops state

Students at Bend-La Pine Schools are graduating at a higher rate than their peers around the state, according to data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education.

Keystone Pipeline

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Senate passes Keystone XL measure

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to clear construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The vote was 62 to 39. Nine mostly centrist Democrats joined with R...

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Lawmaker: Tax question stymied Google, Apple plans

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A state legislator promises quick action to settle uncertainty over utility taxes that some blame for decisions delaying two high-tech Oregon projects: a Google Fiber network in the Portland region and an expansion of Apple's server farm in Prineville.

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Shuttle aims to cut congestion on road to Lava Butte

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Deschutes National Forest plans to test a shuttle this year to take visitors to the top of Lava Butte, the popular tourist destination about 12 miles south of Bend.

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Pentagon: Bergdahl detainee returned to fight

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location i...

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CNN

Sources: At least 26 killed in Egypt attack

At least 26 people were killed and dozens more wounded -- including civilians -- during a series of militant attacks on army and police positions in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, medical and security sources told Aswat Masriya, a news website tha...

Daimler Trucks

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Bias complaints at Daimler Portland plant settled for $2.4M

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million.

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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Study begins on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Indian tribes from Washington and Idaho who live near the upper Columbia River are beginning a study of whether salmon runs can be restored above Grand Coulee Dam, which blocked those runs more than 70 years ago.

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Study: Beer can help ward off Alzheimer's

Researchers have touted the health benefits of wine when consumed in moderation, now scientists are promoting the benefits of beer.

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Deschutes County’s home prices are still rising among the 10 fastest in the country, though the market reflected some…

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