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ODOT: Studded tire use down - road damage, too

A new study of studded tire use in Oregon shows drivers have changed their habits -- with fewer drivers using studded tires, leading to less damage on the roadway, ODOT said Friday.

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Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'

President Barack Obama prodded Congress to eliminate the United States' decades-old Cuba embargo Friday, saying that improving relations with the communist country will help open its "hermetically sealed society" -- even if changes come in "fits and ...

Crooked River water bill touted compromise for all

President signs Bowman Dam-Crooked R. water bill

Legislation written by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Greg Walden to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon has become law now that the president has signed the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act.

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Oregon health insurance signups low for 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.

Five new charities on Oregon's '20 Worst' list

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday issued the Attorney General’s 20 Worst Charities list, an annual review of non-profit organizations that spend most donations on administrative costs and hiring professional fundraisers rather than on the causet.

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Jackson County holds off enforcement of GMO ban

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jackson County won't be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved.

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PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

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Merkley outlines plans for LGBT civil rights bill

Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., joined Friday with Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Oregon LGBT leaders to announce his plan to push broad LGBT civil rights legislation in the next Congress.

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3.2 earthquake recorded west of Salem

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m. Friday about 25 miles west of Salem.

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Boeing subsidiary wins $41M Pentagon contract for drones

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Boeing subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge, Insitu Inc., has won a $41 million Pentagon contract to build three Blackjack drone systems for the Navy.

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Group delivers basket of coal to OSU Foundation

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A group that wants the Oregon State University Foundation to drop investments in the fossil fuel industry delivered a basket of coal Thursday to its office. It was tied with a red ribbon and the delivery was described as cordial.

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