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New storms bring more C.O. lightning, fires

The last week of July began with a new round of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon as nearly 800 lightning strikes hit in Deschutes County alone in the span of a few hours, sparking about three-dozen smoke reports around Central Oregon by evening.

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Two Bend raids turn up pricey stolen bikes

Two men have been arrested during a pair of raids over the past week that led to the recovery of at least a half-dozen stolen high-end bicycles, officers said Tuesday; over 180 bikes have been reported stolen in Bend this year alone.

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Bend driver, 16, charged in Hwy. 20W rollover crash

A distracted teen driver with a suspended license swerved to avoid a crash on Highway 20 west of Bend Monday night, causing the car to spin 180 degrees and roll several times, throwing a passenger to the ground, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Redmond RV park fined over raw sewage on ground

The Oregon DEQ has issued a $56,285 penalty to the owners of Green Acres RV Park south of Redmond for operating a septic system that is discharging untreated or partially treated sewage onto the ground.

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Redmond PD plans DUII crackdown during fair

Redmond police will be adding patrols during the Deschutes County Fair to target drunk drivers, officers said Tuesday.

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Fugitive ex-cheerleader caught in San Francisco

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI says an Oregon woman accused of sex trafficking a minor has been arrested a month after she removed an ankle monitoring device and failed to show for a court hearing.

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Cover Oregon rehires manager to help with lawsuit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A manager of Cover Oregon who resigned after the failure of the state's online insurance exchange came to light has been re-hired to help with litigation over the botched website.

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State looks at regulating insurer doctor networks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon insurance regulators are seeking authority to require that private health insurers have enough doctors and other health care providers to adequately serve all their customers.

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Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

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U.S., EU hit Russia with more sanctions

Russia became more isolated Tuesday than it has been at any time since the end of the Cold War after new, hard-hitting sanctions were announced by the European Union and the United States, U.S. officials said.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the meas...

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Thousands of anchovies die in Seaside stream

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of anchovies have died trying to swim up the river at Seaside.

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Goats' guard dog shot to death in Terrebonne

Terrebonne dog killed

Big, white, fluffy dogs watch over Terrebonne rancher Ed Barnes' hundreds of goats, protecting them from coyotes and cougars…

Roadside fire caught small, carries big message

Old Bend-Redmond Hwy Fire

A small fire, sparked in an unusual way, was stopped fast along the Old Bend-Redmond Highway on Monday, prompting fire…

Teen bikes cross-country; now he'll run home

Kid cycles now running across country for obscure syndrome

From Maryland to Bend. Kevin Payne's path around the U.S. takes about 9,000 miles.  In Bend on Monday night, he was…

Bend man told: Return extra state jobless pay

State overpays Bend man

Tyler Smith has a job, recently graduated school, and was recently receiving unemployment benefits from the state of Oregon…

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Special Report Fires not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’…

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Why is U.S. Marine still in Mexican jail?

Andrew Tahmooressi

A U.S. Marine Corps reservist held in a Mexican prison for more than three months on a weapons charge could have been…

Goats' guard dog shot to death in Terrebonne

Terrebonne dog killed

Big, white, fluffy dogs watch over Terrebonne rancher Ed Barnes' hundreds of goats, protecting them from coyotes and cougars…

Bend man told: Return extra state jobless pay

State overpays Bend man

Tyler Smith has a job, recently graduated school, and was recently receiving unemployment benefits from the state of Oregon…

Forest Service chief visits High Desert

Forest service chief visits High Desert

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell came to the High Desert on Saturday to meet with firefighting crews and others  due…

More VA employees told to falsify data

VA Medical Center

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to…

Israel: Ball 'is in Hamas' court'

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Hamas and Israel blamed one another Tuesday for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people…

U.S., EU hit Russia with more sanctions

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Russia became more isolated Tuesday than it has been at any time since the end of the Cold War after new, hard-hitting…

House GOP leaders unveil smaller border bill

US Mexican border

Struggling to come up with enough votes to pass a funding bill to address the southern border crisis, House Republican…

Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies

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A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease,…

Boehner denies GOP plans to impeach Obama

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House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama…

Appeals court rejects Health law challenge

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Score one for Affordable Care Act supporters in court on Tuesday. A three-judge appeals panel in Washington unanimously…

'Apparent stowaway' body found in wheel well

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The body of an "apparent stowaway" was found in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane that traveled around Africa before…

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High time for legal pot? Oregonians to vote

Oregon vote Legal pot or not

At The Medication Station in Bend, Ryan Garcia has been selling cannabis to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients for…

GMO labeling initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's official: an initiative to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon has…

Oregon pot measure qualifies for November ballot

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Left sees way to get past Oregon Senate roadblock

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmentalists, gun-control advocates and others on the left have repeatedly been thwarted by…

GOP abandons Oregon candidate with criminal record

REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) — Republican leaders in Oregon have abandoned a legislative candidate after learning he served eight…

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Pay it Forward: Families & Communities Together

Pay it Forward Families Communities Together

Each month, NewsChannel 21 and local sponsors are giving away $500 to a nominee who then pays it forward to a worthy group or individual on the High Desert. Travis Knudsen surprised Dee Ann Lewis and the Giggles Learning Center of La Pine.

Pay it Forward: Ken's Bikes

Pay it Forward Ken s Bikes

Each month, NewsChannel 21 and local sponsors are giving away $500 to a nominee who then pays it forward to a worthy group or individual on the High Desert. Travis Knudsen on Tuesday surprised Ken Cardwell of Redmond, who rebuilds and restores bikes to donate to those in need.

Pay it Forward: A Redmond girl's lasting legacy

Pay it Forward A young girl s legacy

In this month's Pay it Forward, we're honoring the memory of one very special Redmond girl after she lost her battle to leukemia in October.

Pay it Forward: Ochoco Elem. library needs books

Pay it Forward Ochoco Elem Library gets boost

Students at Ochoco Elementary spend time every day reading in the library. But what do the kids do when some of the shelves are bare and the books are outdated? In this segment of Pay it Forward, we help give the Mustangs a little library makeover.

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Sick leave policies pick up steam

Sick, ill

Biviana Lagunas must skip class or her part-time job when her 4-year-old germ-magnet brother Derik is running a fever,…

Telecom bounce not enough to buoy stocks

Stock traders

The summer doldrums appear to be officially here. Stocks didn't do much Tuesday -- a day after the market was mostly…

Facebook: Get Messenger or else

Facebook on phone

For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app…

General Mills to demand suppliers cut greenhouse gases

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The maker of Cheerios says climate change isn't just bad for humanity, it's bad for business.

So General Mills has unveiled…

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More VA employees told to falsify data

VA Medical Center

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to…

House GOP leaders unveil smaller border bill

US Mexican border

Struggling to come up with enough votes to pass a funding bill to address the southern border crisis, House Republican…

Boehner denies GOP plans to impeach Obama

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama…

Appeals court rejects Health law challenge

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Score one for Affordable Care Act supporters in court on Tuesday. A three-judge appeals panel in Washington unanimously…

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State looks at regulating insurer doctor networks

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon insurance regulators are seeking authority to require that private health insurers have enough…

Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies

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A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease,…

Appeals court rejects Health law challenge

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Score one for Affordable Care Act supporters in court on Tuesday. A three-judge appeals panel in Washington unanimously…

Redmond RV park fined over raw sewage on ground

The Oregon DEQ has issued a $56,285 penalty to the owners of Green Acres RV Park south of Redmond for operating a septic…

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Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Northwestern University

Investors are so hungry for yield in the bond market that they're giving rich college grads money to help pay off their…

Expelled lesbian accepted at another school

Christian Minard

An honor-roll student who was expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma after she married another woman is…

Obama offers rules for success as he expands program for young minority men

Obama in Oval Office

Setting daily goals. Keeping an open mind. Separating honest criticism from blind "hating."

Asia grads searching for Google jobs

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Asia's top students are hoping to hook up with Western firms such as Google, Apple and Deloitte when they enter the…

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Amazon launches 3-D printing store

Amazon 3-D printing store

The future of retail: manufactured by a 3-D printer, delivered by drone.

Gadget tests your drink for 'date rape' drugs

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"Date rape" drugs have met their high-tech match. A new electronic device and mobile app called pd.id (Personal Drink ID),…

Water balloon lovers pledge $645,000 on Kickstarter

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It's summertime and water balloon lovers are uniting ... on Kickstarter.

Bunch o Balloons -- a hose attachment that allows…

Scientists find 101 geysers on a Saturn moon

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On the surface of one of Saturn's icy moons, scientists have discovered the possible existence of a very important,…

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General Mills to demand suppliers cut greenhouse gases

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The maker of Cheerios says climate change isn't just bad for humanity, it's bad for business.

So General Mills has unveiled…

US aims to make oil transport safer

Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada train explosion

When a runaway train exploded in a Quebec town last year, the fireball killed 47, destroyed 40 buildings and sent thousands…

California beach goes heavy on the anchovies

Anchovies at California beach

Who ordered the anchovies? That's what beach-goers may be asking after a huge swarm of the oily fish descended on the…

Settlement reached in chemical spill

West Virginia residents line up for bottled water

A settlement was reached Friday with the company at the center of a January chemical leak that contaminated the water supply…

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FIFA asks Italy to investigate allegations of racism

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FIFA has asked the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to investigate alleged comments from the front runner to become its…

Serena Williams feeling fit after Wimbledon scare

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As Serena Williams prepares to return to action at the WTA's Stanford tournament, the 32-year-old says the commotion caused…

Wild's Fontaine signs two-year contract

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The Minnesota Wild avoided an arbitration hearing with Justin Fontaine and signed the forward to a two-year contract on…

Ryan Lochte shows off 10,000-calorie meal

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He's used to making waves in the pool, but Ryan Lochte has caused a few ripples of excitement on social media after…

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Goats' guard dog shot to death in Terrebonne

Terrebonne dog killed

Big, white, fluffy dogs watch over Terrebonne rancher Ed Barnes' hundreds of goats, protecting them from coyotes and cougars…

Hikers find dog lost in woods for 22 days

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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A dog that apparently wandered lost in the woods for 22 days has been reunited with her owners.

Dogs on vacation living in the lap of luxury

Diamond the dog

More and more animal lovers who aren't opposed to splurging on their furry friends are choosing overnight stays at…

Dog passes out with joy when owner returns

Happy dog passes out

A dog is so happy when its owner returns from two years in Europe that it passes out in joy.

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GM's most popular pickups recalled 6 times this year

Chevy Silverado

For owners of GM's most popular pickups, recalls have been almost a monthly occurrence this year.

Lyft gets the green light in New York City

Lyft

If you see a pink-mustachioed automobile or two zipping around the streets of New York City Friday, you're not imagining…

GM to pay victims at least $400 million

General Motors

General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of the faulty ignition switch tied…

GM recalls 718,000 more vehicles

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In a year clogged with a record number of recalls, General Motors had gone three weeks without any new ones.

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'Die Hard' actor James Shigeta dies

James Shigeta

James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and…

Freddie Prinze Jr. slams 'unprofessional' Kiefer Sutherland

Freddie Prinze Jr

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland have very different memories of working together on "24."

'Mad Max: Fury Road' wheels into Comic-Con

Mad Max Fury Road

The trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road" is out, and it's gotten a 21st-century makeover. Where the 1979 film starred Mel…

'The Situation' gets counseling in plea deal

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Jersey Shore

Former "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will get anger management counseling to settle an assault charge…

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2015 Oscar contenders

Get on Up

As "Get On Up" opens in theaters, take a look at some movies that could get some Oscar buzz this awards season.

Meet Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman is getting early Oscar buzz for his portrayal of James Brown in “Get on Up.” Learn more about the actor…

Philip Seymour Hoffman's final exit intrigues

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There are so many layers to “A Most Wanted Man,” but primary among them is that the movie would be Philip Seymour Hoffman's…

Scarlett Johansson through the years

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As Scarlett Johansson stars in "Lucy" take a look at images of the actress throughout her career.

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Furniture made to look (and smell) like human skin

Skin chair and stool

Creepy or cool? A British artist has designed furniture that looks, feels and even smells like human skin.

Man uses bedsheets to escape from jail

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A 22-year-old man made a short-lived escape from a Texas detention center Monday night.

Driver falls asleep, sparks fire in Oregon

Driver falls asleep, sparks fire

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel slammed into a utility pole and sparked a fire in Oregon.

Cops: Times Square Spider-Man punches officer

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A street performer dressed as Spider-Man is accused of punching a police officer in New York's Times Square over money for a…

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'Artbnb': Village offers artists free accommodation

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As vacation deals go this one isn't bad. The beautiful southern Spanish village of Genalguacil is offering free…

How Uganda became a top tourist destination

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Fifty years ago Uganda was the "Pearl of Africa," a newly independent republic with a thriving economy, a functioning…

China to soon be the world's top business travel market

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China is the world's hottest market for business travelers, and spending in the country could surpass the U.S. as soon as…

Richard Branson's Virgin America files for IPO

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Virgin America, the U.S. airline formed by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group seven years ago, has filed for an…

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Hot diggity dog! It's National Hot Dog Day

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Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day.

Europe's oldest pastry shops

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Here are nine of the world's oldest pastry shops -- tried and trusted by centuries of cake-hungry visitors.

Would you order this $78 taco?

Caviar tacos

Caviar is the new condiment.

In-flight gourmet fine dining possible?

In-flight fine dining

More and more airlines are teaming up with world-class chefs, hoping to solve that ultimate #firstworldproblem: how to…

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New storms bring more C.O. lightning, fires

Lightning strikes 729-1

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The last week of July began with a new round of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon as nearly 800 lightning strikes hit in Deschutes County alone in the span of a few hours, sparking about three-dozen smoke reports around Central Oregon by evening.

Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

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For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

Progress on fire that threatened homes near Grants Pass

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

Govs urge Congress: Pass wildfire funding bill

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for support of the federal Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, to provide the U.S. Forest Service with access to emergency funding for wildfire suppression and protection of programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk.

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Special Report Fires not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor spoke with some experts who say wildfire can be a good thing.

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How to shave strokes off your golf game

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Recreational golfers have the option of switching to better equipment to better their golf score.

Walking: Is it enough for weight loss?

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Can you lose weight if the only exercise you do is walking? Find out here.

What to hunt in the summer months

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While the summer months can be considered off-months for hunters, there are still some prey you might want to set your sights on over the summer.

GPS allows for modern day treasure hunts

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With GPS, hikers can participate in modern day treasure hunts while geocaching.

Must-haves for your tackle box

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When going fishing, don’t leave home without having these key must-have items in your tackle box.

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Stay safe in sun by knowing the best sunscreen options

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To keep your family safe in the sun this summer take a look at these tips from the experts on how to properly use sunscreen.

How to fit carbs into your family's healthy diet

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Not all carbs are bad. Find out how to fit good carbs into your family's healthy diet.

Should children be tested for high cholesterol?

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As adults we get our cholesterol checked regularly, but should our children also be getting checked? Find out here.

Make the most of family time this summer

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Summer can be busy. To make the most of family time follow these tips to make time for family bonding.

What is autism spectrum disorder?

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Find out more about autism and how it impacts a child's life.

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Tour the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

Discover great local artists and public art installations at the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

Premier Art Show Coming to Bend!

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Kia Soul now plugs in

2015 Kia Soul EV

On the outside, it looks much like the conventional Kia Soul. However, this version doesn't have a gas tank, or a fuel…

Big Subaru sedan gets big changes

2015 Subaru Legacy

Subaru has big plans for its big sedan.

New F-150 is key to Ford's future

Ford showed off the next generation of America's best-selling vehicle Monday morning at the Detroit Auto Show.

Corvette Z06: Now wiith even more umph

Do you want a Corvette with even more power? Then take a look at the all new Z06.

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