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May 21,2008
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley has won the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., in November.Merkley defeated Portland activist Steve Novick after months of a hard-fought race for the chance to take on Smith, whom Democrats see as politically vulnerable in the left-leaning state.With 78 percent of the vote counted Tuesday, Merkley led Novick 46 percent to 41 percent, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.Merkley was recruited to run for ... [full story]
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May 21,2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The two Democratic U.S. presidential hopefuls each scored a primary win Tuesday but it was Barack Obama who moved closer to the party's nomination.The Illinois senator won Oregon, giving him the bigger share of the 52 delegates up for grabs in the Beaver State, while rival Hillary Clinton handily won in Kentucky by 35 points, CNN reported."We have returned to Iowa with a majority of delegates elected by the American people and ... [full story]
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May 16,2008
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Six sea lions found dead in traps near a dam on the Columbia River in Oregon were killed by heatstroke, the National Marine Fisheries Service said.Necropsies ruled out the possibility the animals were shot by vandals, The Portland Oregonian reported. Experts who examined the carcasses concluded the evidence was consistent with overheating.Sea lions have a thick layer of blubber, which makes them vulnerable to overheating when they are out of water. In ... [full story]
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May 16,2008
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon House Democrats said Thursday they will ask the Oregon Youth Authority to report on the findings of an external review to a legislative committee when the report is released next month.  The House Judiciary Committee will receive a progress report on the implementation of recommendations following a case last year when a senior manager resigned and is being investigated a year after the incident. The report was spurred when the manager ... [full story]
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May 15,2008
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A little league baseball field in Portland, Oregon, was shut down after neighboring residents complained their homes were being bombarded with foul balls.The Hollywood Little League was forced to close its newly renovated field after neighbors complained the foul balls were causing a safety hazard, KPTV, Portland, Ore. reported Monday."Many of these are hitting our homes with a lot of force. It's only a matter of time before there's a personal injury ... [full story]
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May 15,2008
MOLALLA, Ore. -- An Oregon middle-school student has challenged her principal's no-hugging rule.The Molalla River Middle School adopted the policy last year, the Molalla Pioneer reported. Principal Bob Espenel said students were spending too much time hugging between classes, impeding traffic in the school hallways."You'd have groups of 10 to 15 kids and they all had to hug each otherbefore they went to class," Espenel said. "It was getting out of hand. This is not ... [full story]
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May 14,2008
ONTARIO, Ore. -- Police and prison officials have identified the inmate found dead in his cell under suspicious circumstances as a 61-year old Coos County man who was incarcerated in the Snake River Correctional Institution for various sex crimes. According to an Oregon State Police (OSP) news release, OSP, the Malheur County District Attorney and the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) are continuing the investigation into the death of James Ivan Briggs. Briggs was found ... [full story]
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May 14,2008
HILLSBORO, Ore. – A 28-year old Hillsboro man was expected to be sentenced to 69 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in Washington County Court to giving ecstasy to two teenagers and sexually abusing one of the girls, police reported.   Brandon Michael Sullivan - booking photo provided by Hillsboro PD  According to a Hillsboro Police news release, Brandon Michael Sullivan dissolved ecstasy pills in soft drinks and gave the beverages to 14- and 15-year-old girls ... [full story]
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May 14,2008
Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson released drug-related death statistics for 2007 reflecting a continuing rise since 1999 and the third highest number of these deaths since 1997. The statistics showed a sharp increase in Heroin-related deaths while Methamphetamine and Cocaine-related deaths dropped in comparison to last year's figures. "The jump in Heroin-related deaths is very alarming and the highest in that category for the last seven years," said Dr. Gunson. "There is nothing ... [full story]
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May 12,2008
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- More superdelegates say they are are backing Sen. Barack Obama in the wake of his strong showing in this week's U.S. Democratic presidential primaries. As Obama campaigned in Oregon Friday, he picked up nine more superdelegate endorsements, including one former supporter of Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton. By various counts, it either gave Obama his first lead in the crucial superdelegate count or enabled to pull even with her.Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), ... [full story]
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May 12,2008
NEWBERG-DUNDEE, Ore. – Police believe speed and alcohol may have contributed to a three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon which took the life of one woman and seriously injured three men. According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sgt. Brad Hessel, 51-year old Carma Colleen Smith, of Dayton, was pronounced dead at the scene.   Police believe speed and alcohol may have contributed to a 3-vehicle crash on Highway 99W Sunday afternoon which resulted in the death of one ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
LEBANON, Ore. – A 38-year old Lebanon woman died late Tuesday night after she was struck by a car as she attempted to cross Highway 20, police reported. According to an Oregon State Police (OSP) news release, Tricia Michelle Harris was hit by a 1993 Dodge Dynasty driven by Dana Jeanette Meacham, 33, of Sweet Home. Meacham was traveling east in the right-hand lane of Highway 20 near milepost 19 about 11 p.m., May 6, when ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – Police recently announced the body that washed ashore onto a Lincoln City beach on April 8 has been positively identified as that of 16-year-old Ross Barfuss, an Aloha teen that entered the heavy surf off the Oregon coast to help an 11-year-old child caught in a riptide a month earlier. The teenager’s body washed ashore near the Nordic Oceanfront Inn in Lincoln Center last month, but remained unidentified until DNA samples ... [full story]
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