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As big day arrives, pot giveaway trips up Bend dispensary

Bend medical marijuana dispensaries and residents alike celebrated legal recreational cannabis Wednesday with private parties, informational booths and free joints that were, at one celebration, apparently gifted out of compliance with state rules.

Corner Creek Fire

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Fire south of Dayville kicks up; campground, trailhead closed

A still-growing army of about 350 firefighters working in hot conditions have brought the Sugarloaf Fire north of Dayville to 40 percent containment, but a newer fire south of the small community was surging Wednesday, prompting an area closure, including a campsite and trailhead.

Hummel discusses marijuana law

'Ain't the wild West': Hummel still prosecuting pot laws

As recreational marijuana became legal Wednesday, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel's office prosecuted a pot delivery and manufacture case before a grand jury and he later issued a news release making the point: "It ain't the wild West in Deschutes County."

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Police: 4 boys to be charged in Eugene Civic Stadium fire

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police in Eugene say four young boys will be charged in the fire that destroyed the city's historic Civic Stadium earlier this week.

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NB I-5 in S. Ore. closed after shooting involving OSP

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities say both northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in southern Oregon have been closed for several hours Wednesday evening north of Grants Pass after a shooting that involved Oregon State Police.

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ODOT launches pioneering per-mile road use charge program

State officials and private partners kicked off Oregon’s new pay-by-the-mile road usage charge program, OReGO, on Wednesday, welcoming drivers to enroll online.

Moccasin Hill Fire

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Oregon House OKs McLane bill to aid wildfire victims

The Oregon House on Wednesday unanimously passed House Bill 3148-A, legislation that seeks to provide critical relief to low-income wildfire victims through the creation of the Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account.

Oregon Legislature

Oregon senators pass bill tracking toxic chemicals in toys

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon senators have passed legislation requiring a state agency to maintain a list of chemicals that are potentially harmful in children's toys and products.

Brown signs last of 3 ethics-related bills

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.

OSU-Cascades Campus

OSU-Cascades researcher awarded school's largest grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Oregon State University-Cascades researcher Shannon Lipscomb a $1.5 million grant to develop and test a program to help teachers improve the school readiness of preschoolers who have been exposed to trauma.

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Matt, Sweat bickered over booze, agility

After a film-worthy escape from an upstate New York prison, it came down to booze and agility for convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt.

Sweat told investigators Matt was out of shape and hitting the bottle too hard after they broke into a...

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