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Deschutes County out with $308.9 million budget

Deschutes County released its $308.9 million proposed 2016 fiscal year budget on Friday -- up less than $450,000 from the current year, but including about 22 new positions amid a recovering economy and a higher countywide law enforcement property tax rate, though still below the maximum authorized.

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Ochoco NF proceeds with Bailey Butte Fire project

The Lookout Mountain Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest said Friday it finalized plans this week to move forward with a post-fire salvage and restoration project within the area burned by last year's Bailey Butte Fire, which blackened more than 10,000 acres.

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Gov. Brown declares drought in Deschutes, 7 other counties

Governor Kate Brown on Friday declared drought emergencies in eight additional Oregon counties, including Deschutes, due to drought, low snowpack levels and low water conditions.

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Redmond 'community paramedic' a first for Oregon

Redmond Fire and Rescue’s grant-funded mobile paramedic program -- a first in the state -- plays an important role in Central Oregon's health by helping high-risk patients avoid preventable health emergencies.

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Merkley: Halt 'irresponsible' reopened Arctic drilling

After a state of emergency was declared in California due to a pipeline oil spill polluting miles of Pacific coastline, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and 17 Democrat colleagues on Friday urged the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to halt all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic region.

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Prosecutors: DC suspect didn't act alone

The man charged with the killing of three members of a prominent Washington, D.C. family and their housekeeper did not act alone, prosecutors said they believe.

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Bank of NY Melon settles with Oregon for $180 million

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Friday that Bank of New York Mellon Corp. has agreed to pay $180 million to settle a class-action lawsuit seeking to recover losses Oregon and other investors suffered due to alleged foreign exchange fraud.

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19 long-dead Oregon hospital patients get military honors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I. But for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in an outbuilding at Oregon's state psychiatric hospital.

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West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year is officially over.

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Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

Government hunters are scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to reduce the numbers of baby salmon they eat.

Man burned in blast making hash oil sues butane businesses

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man burned when a hash oil operation exploded has filed an $11 million products liability suit against makers and distributors of the butane canisters he was using.

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Netflix to wish you 'A Very Murray Christmas' this December

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Move over Rudolph and Frosty, here comes Bill Murray.

Netflix announced on Friday that the comedic actor will star in "A Very Murray Christmas" on the service this upcoming December.

According to the company, the hour-long special will be "an homage t...

Clooney's 'Tomorrowland' hoping for box office blast off

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The box office for Disney's "Tomorrowland" looks to be as unknown as tomorrow itself.

Brian Williams edited out of veterans show he hosted

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NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams hosted this year's Lincoln Awards in January for military families, but when the show airs on television Friday night, Williams won't be seen.

Bon Jovi writes song for Rutgers grads

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New Jersey-born rocker Jon Bon Jovi used his commencement speech at Rutgers University to unveil a new song.

Neville Longbottom is all grown up

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Matthew Lewis, who starred as the lumpy Neville Longbottom in the "Harry Potter" films, has toned up considerably as an adult. A new fashion spread in "Attitude" magazine features photos of the former child actor wearing very little fashion.

Lewis, 25...

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