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Hwy. 97 wildfire ignitions

Bend Fire Dept.

10 brushfires ignite beside Hwy. 97 S. of Bend

Ten brushfires broke out within minutes and miles of each other on the east side of Highway 97 south of Bend late Tuesday afternoon, sending police and fire crews scrambling to get them out; investigators say pieces of a motor home's failed catalytic converter sparked all of the blazes.

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Jana Frye Polillo

Photo album: Fires erupt along Hwy. 97

Just as many might have thought fire season was fading, a motor home's failed exhaust apparently sparked four wind-fanned brushfires along Highway 97 south of Bend late Tuesday afternoon. Several viewers (and our Matt McDonald) shared images of the scene; feel free to share 1-2 of yours by e-mail at stories@ktvz.com.

OSU-Cascades expansion gets green light

Bend hearings officer OKs OSU-Cascades Westside campus

A Bend hearings officer gave approval Tuesday to the much-debated four-year Westside campus for OSU-Cascades, finding that the 10.4-acre initial undergraduate campus off Southwest Century Drive does or can comply with city rules – if 29 conditions are met; an appeal to the city council is expected.

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Deschutes County Jail

Bend caretaker accused of assaulting baby

A 28-year-old Bend woman was arrested Tuesday on assault and criminal mistreatment charges involving a 21-month-old baby who suffered several injuries while in her care over a month ago.

St. Charles Madras sketch

St. Charles Health System

St. Charles board OKs Madras hospital renovation

The St. Charles Health System board of directors said Tuesday it has approved a $16 million renovation to St. Charles Madras that will add 26,000 square feet to the facility and enhance outpatient and primary care services.

Whychus Creek project set

Whychus Creek Dam removal to open fish habitat

Representatives from local non-profits, public agencies and Pine Meadow Ranch will initiate and celebrate the removal of the last remaining concrete dam on Whychus Creek near Sisters next Monday.

Steven Sotloff in Egypt

ISIS video purports to show beheading of 2nd US journalist

The ISIS terror group has published a video titled "A second message to America" that purportedly shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

BendBroadband logo

TDS Telecom completes BendBroadband purchase

TDS Telecom, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., announced Tuesday the completion of the $261 million purchase of substantially all of the assets of BendBroadband, effective Sept. 1.

Ore. parole board to release man who killed teen

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon parole board has decided to release a 40-year-old man who was convicted at age 15 of raping and murdering a high school classmate in the Portland suburb of Beaverton.

Timber

Board considers logging rules to protect salmon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's state Board of Forestry is working on balancing a healthy timber industry with healthy salmon runs.

Medicine generic AP

Former PSU player says concussion was untreated

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former Portland State linebacker Zach Walen has filed a $5 million suit against Portland State, the NCAA and Oregon Health Sciences University claiming he was not treated properly for a concussion.

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