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Drones take to High Desert skies

Drone popularity high and climbing on High Desert

If you've ever spent much time at Bend's Skyliners Sports Complex, you've probably seen something curious in the sky: Ken Fayal's drone.

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OLCC already sees 'green' in recreational marijuana

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission said Tuesday it is asking the Legislature for a 2015-2017 budget for the recreational marijuana program that calls for $10.5 million in operating costs -- and expects $18.4 million in revenue.

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Pertussis cases on the rise in Deschutes County

Deschutes County Health Services has identified over 20 cases of pertussis in the community since the start of the year, after a 2014 that brought the highest count in 20 years, officials said Tuesday.

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Study: No autism risks with vaccine

In a study of 95,000 children, researchers said they found no harmful association between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and the risk of autism disorders.

Treasurers push feds to require corporate campaign reports

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is renewing an effort to push federal financial regulators to require that publicly traded companies disclose their political spending.

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Bend third-grader earns 'nine wheels'

When Owen Smith joined the before-school unicycle club at Pine Ridge Elementary in southwest Bend, the third-grader soon noticed something: There weren't enough unicycles to go around. 

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Familiar Bend produce stand opens for season

Summer is getting closer, and so is the opening of farmer's market season in Central Oregon. But locals don't need to wait any longer to get the freshest produce.

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Boil alert issued as firefighters battle condo blaze

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters are expected to use 1.5 million gallons of water to put out a blaze that destroyed a Government Camp condo, prompting a boil water warning for the area.

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Proposed NYPD training targets racial profiling

If newly revised NYPD training materials are approved by a federal judge, new cadets could be taking courses reminding them "not to engage in racial profiling."

Jury convicts S. Oregon farmer of grisly farm killings

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jurors spent only about an hour deliberating before convicting an Oregon woman of killing two handymen and feeding their corpses to her pigs.

Teacher confronted by gunman in drill sues E. Oregon district

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former teacher in the Eastern Oregon town of Halfway has sued district officials and others over a surprise "active shooter" drill two years ago.

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

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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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