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Two Bend legal fights - water and Roats - revived in '15

Two lawsuits over city of Bend controversies that were dismissed in late 2014 are being revived in the new years, promising more debate over the Bend Surface Water Improvement Project and the residency qualifications of new City Councilor Casey Roats.

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Oregon puts focus on graduation rate gains

Oregon released graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year Thursday, showing the number of students graduating up to 72 percent from 68.7 percent a year ago, reflecting steady growth over the last five years -- and a broader definition change that the state calls a fairer way to report the numbers.

Bend-La Pine graduation rate tops state

Students at Bend-La Pine Schools are graduating at a higher rate than their peers around the state, according to data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education.

Peeping Tom laws lax

Peeping Tom victims, lawmakers say penalties too lax

A Beaverton man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to invasion of personal privacy is expected to spend two years behind bars, the punishment for using a hidden camera to spy on an underage teen girl naked for nearly five years. Some say the penalties are too lax, and want them increased.

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Shuttle aims to cut congestion on road to Lava Butte

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Deschutes National Forest plans to test a shuttle this year to take visitors to the top of Lava Butte, the popular tourist destination about 12 miles south of Bend.

Retirement town hall meeting draws few

Bend town hall on retirement proposal draws few

Surveys across the nation find that American's aren't saving enough for retirement. An AARP poll shows that one in six Oregonians between 45 and 65 have less than $5,000 in their retirement savings accounts.

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Mayor says 2 dead in hospital blast

Thursday's gas explosion at a Mexico maternity hospital claimed two lives, Mexico City's mayor said, correcting earlier official statements claiming a higher death toll.

A mix-up between the number of those deceased and those seriously injured led to...

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White House drops college savings proposal

The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration's increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans.

A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the...

Grand Coulee Dam U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

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Study begins on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Indian tribes from Washington and Idaho who live near the upper Columbia River are beginning a study of whether salmon runs can be restored above Grand Coulee Dam, which blocked those runs more than 70 years ago.

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Woman accused of recording adult film in OSU library

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has been accused of recording an adult film in the main campus library at Oregon State University.

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Study: Beer can help ward off Alzheimer's

Researchers have touted the health benefits of wine when consumed in moderation, now scientists are promoting the benefits of beer.

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  • FAA says 'no' to drones at Super Bowl

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    Headed to the Super Bowl this weekend? Bring your money, foam finger and tickets -- heck, even bring your face paint -- but please leave your drone at home.

    At least that's what the Federal Aviation Administration wants.

    The FAA released a 15-second vi...

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Justin Bieber: 'I'm not who I was pretending to be'

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Justin Bieber posted a heartfelt video on social media entitled "Here we go" on Wednesday, apologizing for acting arrogant or conceited.

Taylor Swift trademarks 'This sick beat'

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If you were planning on using a Taylor Swift-penned phrase on, say, a locket or a jewelry box, think again. Because you could be trying to shake off a legal bill.

Chris Pratt as the next 'Indiana Jones'?

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Is there such a thing as too much Chris Pratt?

African-Americans propel prime time TV hits like 'Empire'

Empire premiere

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For broadcast television, this is the Year of the African-American Viewer.

What many of this season's biggest hits have in common is a huge following in black households. This is most pronounced with Fox's new musical drama "Empire," which has quickl...

Interview: Kevin Costner tackles difficult story of race relations with 'Black or White'

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner in 'Black or White'

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Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor Kevin Costner discusses his new film "Black or White," which confronts the issue of race relations in our country.

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