Witness to Bend police shooting describes incident

BEND — Even six months after witnessing the fatal shooting of a man in downtown Bend at the hands of a Bend Police officer, Tony Kota knows what he saw. He was only 50 feet away.

Kota does not waver when asked if the death of Michael Tyler Jacques was justified.

Roadkill: It's what's for dinner under new Oregon law

SALEM — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.

 

Health care tax passes Oregon Legislature, heads to governor

SALEM — A $670 million health care tax package has passed the Oregon Legislature and now heads to Gov. Kate Brown, providing enough funds over the next two years to prevent Medicaid recipients from losing health care and avoid closing a newly-built psychiatric hospital with hundreds of patients and workers.

Homeless man attacked with hatchet outside Oregon store

COTTAGE GROVE — Authorities say a homeless man was struck in the face with a hatchet outside a Walmart store in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The victim, Cody Bradshaw, was in fair condition Tuesday night ...

Pressure on Oregon lawmakers to act in final weeks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As new developments this week continue shrouding the 2017 legislative session in uncertainty, local leaders and special interest groups are trying to pressure on Oregon lawmakers to pass a transportation measure.

Lawsuit against Cascade-Siskiyou monument expansion delayed

SALEM — A federal judge has given the Trump administration more time to review federal monument designations made by previous presidents before it responds to a lawsuit brought by two timber companies against the expansion of a monument in southern Oregon, according to court documents viewed Monday.

Caretaker charged with murder found unfit to stand trial

BEAVERTON — A live-in caretaker charged with setting an Oregon woman on fire has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. A Washington County judge sent 63-year-old Celia Schwab ...

Oregon mother, infant bond on trails to 50 waterfalls

EUGENE — As he nears his first birthday, Rowdy Briggs, a brown-eyed, chubby-cheeked towhead from Cottage Grove, is making good progress on all his milestones. He's babbling; he's waving; and he's standing with support, gearing up to take his first tentative steps. By his birthday on July 28, Rowdy and his mom, Alivea Binder, will reach another important milestone — one that's all their own.

 

Untested rape kits increase despite efforts

SALEM — The number of new untested rapes kits in Oregon has continued to increase despite efforts to process an old backlog faster. Half of the 2,800 untested rape kits sent to Utah last year have ...

State Supreme Court hears case to remove controversial judge

SALEM — An Oregon judge known for refusing to marry same-sex couples is continuing his battle to stay on the bench. Marion County Judge Vance Day has been accused of allowing a convicted felon ...

Oregon House advances $670M health care provider tax

SALEM — A $670 million health care tax package designed to help sustain Medicaid services for the next two years and avoid the shuttering of a newly-built psychiatric hospital passed the Oregon House Thursday.

The 36-23 decision vote exceeded the constitutionally-required supermajority by just one vote.

Researchers find increased pot use by college students

CORVALLIS — A study by Oregon State University researchers has found college students at an undisclosed large public university in the state are using more marijuana since recreational pot became ...

Oregon health officials work to curb spread of mumps

LA GRANDE — Oregon health officials are warning people to be wary of the mumps outbreak that continues to hit Union County. The La Grande Observer reports the Center for Human Development ...

Board affirms Oregon county's denial of railroad expansion

By PHUONG LE Of The Associated Press SEATTLE — An Oregon county had substantial evidence when it denied Union Pacific Railroad's proposed track expansion along the Columbia ...

Anglers flock to brief sturgeon season on Columbia River

ASTORIA — What fights like a salmon, looks like a shark and has the dense meat of a chicken? White sturgeon, apparently.

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