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Wayns and Means panel advances Oregon schools budget

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Democratic budget for Oregon schools is headed for votes in the full House and Senate, likely next week.

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OSP IDs driver killed in Hwy. 97 crash S. of Bend

A 76-year-old driver from Clayton, Wash., was killed and a passenger injured in a rear-end crash early Thursday on Highway 97 about 12 miles south of Bend, Oregon State Police reported.

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Co-pilot acted 'deliberately' to crash plane

Latest developments:

• Transponder data shows that the autopilot on Germanwings Flight 9525 was reprogrammed by someone in the cockpit to change the plane's altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviat...

Buehler bill on veterans' local health care gets hearing

The Oregon House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness committee held a public hearing Thursday on HJM 14, a resolution introduced by Rep. Knute Buehler to help veterans access local health care through existing programs such as Patient-Centered Community Care and Choice.

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Deschutes medical pot dispensary rules up for review

With a one-year "sunset clause" of its medical marijuana dispensaries moratorium set to expire, Deschutes County commissioners plan a public hearing April 8 on proposed new rules to determine where they can be located and set standards and rules.

U.S. Capitol

House passes Medicare bill with money for timber counties

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. House has passed a Medicare bill that includes renewal of a program that pays subsidies to timber counties, especially in Oregon.

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Oregon Democrats introduce gun background checks bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Democrats are taking the first step toward requiring background checks on private gun sales.

U.S. Capitol

Wyden co-sponsors bill to block public land sell-off

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and others introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution Thursday to protect America's parks and public lands from being sold off as what they called "a deficit-reduction tactic."

Heroin seizure Vancouver, Wash.

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Portland-area investigation nets nearly 14 lbs. of heroin

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say their drug investigators have wrapped up a three-month probe of a drug-trafficking organization in the metropolitan area with the seizure of nearly 14 pounds of heroin with a wholesale value of $650,000.

Panel dismisses complaint against Democratic senator

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state Senate disciplinary committee has dismissed a conflict-of-interest complaint filed against a Democratic lawmaker by the Oregon Republican Party.

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Oregon State University

Oregon study: Disrupted biological clock, Alzheimer's linked

New research by two Oregon universities has identified some of the processes by which molecules associated with neurological diseases can disrupt the biological clock, interfere with sleep and activity patterns, and set the stage for a spiral of health concerns that can include a decreased lifespan and Alzheimer’s disease.

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'Fifty Shades' director: I'm not doing sequel

Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey director

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The "Fifty Shades" series will have to handcuff a new director.

'Downton Abbey' will end next season

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"Downton Abbey," the cultural juggernaut that offered the unwashed masses a glimpse into the staid yet dramatic life of early 20th-century English nobility, will end with its sixth season.

'Super Troopers 2' reaches fundraising goal in single day

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The people have spoken, and they want more "Super Troopers."

Cumberbatch to read at Richard III reburial

Benedict Cumberbatch, 2014 SAG Awards

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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will read a specially-written poem at the "funeral" of Richard III, the King found buried beneath a parking lot -- his own distant relative.

Oscar-nominated Cumberbatch, who is to star as Richard III in an upcoming T...

Cate Blanchett upset at interview, leaves

Cate Blanchett, file photo

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If you're going to interview Cate Blanchett, please have some good questions prepared. The "Cinderella" star abruptly ended an interview with an Australian TV show when the interviewer's questions went off target.

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