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Apr 30,2009
Pandemic Flu Alert Level Raised to Phase 5; World Health Organization Director-General says: "Certain Actions Should now be Undertaken with Increased Urgency, and at an Accelerated Pace" Oregon’s first probable case of swine flu was identified late Wednesday following testing by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.   “The probable case was in a Multnomah County adult female who consulted her physician after experiencing flu-like symptoms,” according to Dr. Mel Kohn, head of the Oregon Public ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
Lower Rates Help the State Retain, Attract Physicians SALEM, Ore. – Physicians and surgeons in Oregon have seen a decline in medical professional liability insurance rates the past several years, according to a Department of Consumer and Business Services analysis of recent rate changes. The DCBS Insurance Division found that physicians insured by Oregon’s two largest medical malpractice insurers have experienced an average 18 percent rate decrease since 2005 (see chart below). The two largest ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
Flags to be Lowered Saturday, April 25, 2009 in Honor of Private First Class Richard Allen DewaterSALEM, Ore. -Thursday Governor Ted Kulongoski ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, April 25, 2009, in memory of Private First Class Richard Allen DeWater of Grants Pass, OR. Flags will be flown at half-staff Apr. 25 in honor of PFC Richard Allen DeWater.DeWater, 21, died April 15, of wounds sustained from an improvised ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
SALEM, Ore. – In an ongoing effort to better protect Oregon mortgage borrowers from fraud, the Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a cease-and-desist order permanently barring Larry Jason Somera of West Linn from the mortgage lending industry after he pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Court to one count of forgery. Somera agreed to sign the state’s order as part of his plea agreement. As a branch manager for Northwest Funding Group in Portland, ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
GRAND RONDE, Ore. – One Oregon State Police trooper cited a half-dozen drivers of exotic sports cars for speed racing Thursday morning when they were allegedly spotted passing in no-passing zones and traveling at high speed on Highway 18 near Grand Ronde, Oregon.   The drivers of a half-dozen exotic cars were cited for speed racing near Grand Ronde, Ore. – OSP photo  According to an OSP news release, dispatch received a report of about ten sports cars ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
SALEM, Ore. — The House of Representatives on Thursday passed HB 3263 to extend the statute of limitations for certain sex crimes if the defendant is identified on the basis of DNA sample comparisons.  Since the bill is retroactive to include many past assaults, the measure will allow law enforcement and victims to pursue justice against many dangerous sexual criminals. “This bill truly seeks justice for victims because it extends the statute of limitations ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2009
TUALTIN, Ore. – Tualatin Police say that a Cottage Grove woman left her dog in direct sunlight in her SUV when temperatures soared to 80 degrees, and was cited for animal neglect when the small pug died. Officers responded to the Bridgeport Village Mall about 3:20 p.m., April 20, and contacted the driver, 55-year old Linda Rae Daniels of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Daniels told police she left the dog in the SUV with the back ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon high school students will be better protected with legislation passed by the Senate Tuesday morning. Senate Bill 48 allows the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to revoke the license and permanently bar a teacher or administrator who is found guilty by a preponderance of evidence of rape, sodomy, sexual penetration, or sex abuse of a student in grade 12 or below – not just those under the age of 16. “Current ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Attorney General John Kroger today reinforced his commitment to protecting Oregon's environment by announcing the creation of an environmental crime reporting system and urging the Legislature to authorize the creation of an Environmental Crimes Unit. "Protecting the environment is one of my top priorities," Attorney General Kroger said. Starting today, environmental crimes can be reported through the Oregon Department of Justice Web site. Those reports will be investigated for possible prosecution. Kroger ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon's governor today announced at an event in Portland that the Oregon Way Advisory Group will meet with state agencies and businesses next week to evaluate a federal competitive grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for electric vehicles and charging stations. Securing the grant dollars and the required financial commitments from the public and private sectors marks the next step toward building a statewide charging station network. The Governor made the announcement ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
SALEM, Ore. - Governor Ted Kulongoski on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 462, legislation that will allow 6,000 more unemployed Oregonians to qualify for unemployment benefits. The bill comes at a crucial time when more Oregonians are looking for work and need assistance to make ends meet as they seek employment. “People across Oregon are struggling and this bill is critical to keeping food on the table and shelter overhead for those who have lost their ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
BROWNSVILLE, Ore. – A 76-year old Medford man was seriously injured and flown by helicopter to the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a SUV on Interstate-5 south of the Brownsville interchange on Sunday afternoon.   Oregon State Police (OSP) said Richard R. Graybeal was traveling in the right lane near milepost 216 on his 1996 Honda Goldwing when the SUV, following behind, began to pass him. Graybeal also began to change lanes and the motorcycle ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2009
ROCK CREEK, Ore. – Despite valiant efforts by a deputy who risked his life to free a driver trapped underwater in his SUV early Saturday morning, the Beaverton man was pronounced deceased at the scene of the single-vehicle crash to which alcohol may have contributed. Two of the three passengers in the vehicle were injured.   Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nuehleck risked his life to save the driver, who was trapped in his vehicle and was ... [full story]
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