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Highway 97 crash south of Redmond

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Crash in hailstorm S. of Redmond sends 2 to hospital

A Bend man lost control of his SUV in a heavy hailstorm on Highway 97 south of Redmond Wednesday afternoon and struck an oncoming SUV, sending two of three occupants to area hospitals and shutting the road for about an hour, Oregon State Police said.

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Tumalo teen says insistent stranger offered ride

A 14-year-old Tumalo girl walking home from the school bus Wednesday afternoon said a persistent stranger repeatedly tried to give her a ride several times and became angry when she said no, eventually driving off, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

NJ man finds long-lost family in Prineville

N.J. man visits Prineville to meet aunt he never knew

On Wednesday morning, a New Jersey man and his wife sat on the couch of his aunt's Prineville home, looking at old family photos. Just a few months ago, they knew nothing of their family ties -- or that each other even existed.

Bend has 700 000 surplus from room tax

Surging tourism boosts Bend's room-tax coffers

Thanks to surging tourism, the city of Bend has taken in $5.9 million in room tax collections over the past fiscal year, about $700,000 more than projected.

KOCO tornado damage


Tornadoes reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska

Severe storms tore through the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing tornadoes, flooding and heavy winds to parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

There were reports of tornado damage southwest of Oklahoma City, Capt. Paul Timmons of the Oklahoma Highway Pa...

Oregon House OKs bill to boost care for rural veterans

The Oregon House voted unanimously Wednesday in support of HJM 14, a measure introduced by Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, to help veterans access local health care through existing federal programs such as Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Choice.

MBSEF scraps Nordic leg in PPP

Another PPP change: Replacement run lengthened

Due to feedback from race participants, U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle organizers made a new change to their revised plans Wednesday, making the Nordic leg replacement a 2 1/2-mile run, rather than just one mile.

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Bend PD: 72 tickets in 5 days to drivers on cellphones

Over a four-day period last month, Bend police issued 72 tickets and gave 15 warnings to drivers who were using their cellphones while driving, officers said Wednesday.

World s Greatest Athlete Pays it Forward

Public invited to Ashton Eaton Track dedication

The community is invited to celebrate the completion of several Mountain View High School bond-funded construction projects along with MVHS graduate and Olympic gold medal winner Ashton Eaton during the IMC championship track meet from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 in the school’s stadium.

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Bly balloon bombing recalled at 70th anniversary picnic

BLY, Oregon (AP) — A beautiful day for a picnic.

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Salem teacher arrested after burning students with Tesla coil

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon science teacher who police say used a Tesla coil to burn the phrase "I love mom" into the arms of students has been charged with criminal mistreatment.

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