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Whistleblower: LNG site contamination ignored

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A biologist who consulted on preparations for a liquefied natural gas plant planned at Coos Bay has told a federal agency that contaminated soil issues at the site were ignored and not reported properly to state environmental regulators.

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Avian flu found in S. Oregon backyard poultry

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Avian flu has been found in a backyard flock of poultry in southern Oregon.

Five new charities on Oregon's '20 Worst' list

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday issued the Attorney General’s 20 Worst Charities list, an annual review of non-profit organizations that spend most donations on administrative costs and hiring professional fundraisers rather than on the causet.

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Judge sides with Oregon in 2nd dispute with Oracle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the second time, a federal judge is siding with the state of Oregon in its legal battle with Oracle Inc. over the state's failed health insurance website.

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PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

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Jackson County holds off enforcement of GMO ban

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jackson County won't be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved.

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Oregon health insurance signups low for 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.

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Would-be burglars crash into Vancouver drug store

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police say three men crashed a stolen pickup truck into a Walgreens store in Vancouver and unsuccessfully tried to take money from an ATM.

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Boeing subsidiary wins $41M Pentagon contract for drones

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Boeing subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge, Insitu Inc., has won a $41 million Pentagon contract to build three Blackjack drone systems for the Navy.

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Merkley outlines plans for LGBT civil rights bill

Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., joined Friday with Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Oregon LGBT leaders to announce his plan to push broad LGBT civil rights legislation in the next Congress.

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