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Former mental hospital in Pendleton to be razed

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Plans are underway in Pendleton to raze the Blue Mountain Recovery Center, a state mental hospital that was closed in March.

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Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.

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Governor proposes capital gains tax for Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The governor is proposing a new capital gains tax to help address a projected state budget gap of more than $2 billion over the next two-year budget cycle.

Teen admits killing 2 at E. Oregon hunting cabin

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A defense lawyer says a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in northeastern Oregon never meant to kill anyone.

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Site narrows for new Multnomah County Courthouse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County commissioners are expected to vote Thursday on a preferred site and a backup site for a new courthouse in downtown Portland.

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Increased charges in Springfield hit-and-run

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Additional charges of manslaughter and intoxicated driving have been filed against the driver accused of hitting a man in Springfield and carrying him on top of her car for 11 blocks.

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Seattle charter school placed on probation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's first charter school has been placed on probation for not meeting all the requirements of its charter.

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9 years for wrong-way fatal crash in Longview

KELSO, Wash. (AP) — A 33-year-old Portland woman was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison for a drunken, wrong-way crash in Longview that killed a man and injured seven other people.

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Lab tests: Pesticide killed Portland crows

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife official says lab tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.

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Gunfire damages BPA insulators, reward offered

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Bonneville Power Administration says people shooting at its high-voltage power line near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma, Washington, area have damaged power line insulators. The agency is offering a maximum $25,000 reward for tips leading to those involved.

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