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Andrea Pinkston

Storms rake region with lightning; power outage, hunt for fires

A new rash of thunderstorms peppered the High Desert with heavy rain and numerous lightning strikes Monday afternoon, apparently triggering a widespread power outage while  dropping heavy rain in many locations that fire bosses hoped would blunt the threat of new wildfires.

Oregon Legislature adjourns 2015 session

Oregon lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session. In the final hours, lawmakers on Monday approved $1.2 billion in construction projects, kept alive several tax credits that were due to expire and approved a hotline for strippers to report workplace violations.

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Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe birth control

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon women will no longer have to visit a health clinic for a birth control prescription starting next year.

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Fire damages home northwest of Redmond

A report of smoke Monday night led firefighters to a home northwest of Redmond where a fire in an exterior wall and concealed space caused an estimated $72,000 damage, officials said.

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New C. Oregon public lands fire restrictions begin Friday

Given the continued trend of hot and dry conditions, and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, public lands managers are implementing campfire restrictions and further restricting industrial activity, effective later this week.

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SC bill to remove Confederate flag now heads to House

The effort to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds is riding strong momentum.

SUV fire Powell Butte Hwy. Larry Davis

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Powell Butte Hwy. SUV fire sparks small brushfire

An SUV caught fire Sunday morning on the Powell Butte Highway east of Pronghorn Resort, and while everyone got out unhurt, the blaze that consumed the vehicle also sparked a small brushfire, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

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First 'high' weekend on High Desert tallied

It was a festive Fourth of July weekend on the High Desert. It also was the first weekend where recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.

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Escaped La Pine rodeo bull flees again, killed by train

A bull that escaped from the La Pine Rodeo after a ride Fright night was found later that night on a rodeo board member's property. But a crew who went to euthanize him for repeated escapes found he'd fled again and was struck and killed by a train by Highway 97.

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ISIS retakes strategic Syrian city

ISIS militants have retaken the key Syrian city of Ain Issa from Kurdish forces, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday.

Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish forces wrested control of Ain Issa and Tal Abyad last m...

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Pope says families need a miracle

Hinting that changes could be coming to the Catholic Church, Pope Francis asked a large crowd to pray for God to make miracles out of ideas that some believers might consider "impure" or even "threatening."

Several hundred thousand pilgrims thronged ...

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