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Oregon wildfires: 140 ignited statewide following lightning storms

Thousands of lightning strikes raked across Oregon Thursday and Thursday night, resulting in at least 140 wildfires statewide.

Most of the wildfires are small — little more than an acre in most cases — but the sheer number and remote locations could prove challenging. 9 more words

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Parents face dilemma helping adult children who refuse treatment

Feeling hopeless, they watch their adult son languish with delusional and suicidal thoughts.

They live in constant chaos and fear, never knowing whether he’ll harm himself or someone else. 10 more words

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Convicted Oregon Department of Corrections officer sues state for racism

An Oregon State Penitentiary sergeant was accused of stealing almost $11,000 from the prison by falsifying his time cards.

In turn, he accused prison officials of racism and filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the… 15 more words

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Sen. Jackie Winters memorial scheduled in Portland later this month

A memorial for Salem’s late Sen. Jackie Winters is scheduled to be held later this month in Portland and the public is being encouraged to attend. 11 more words

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Stayton layoffs coming pending NORPAC sale to Oregon Potato company

NORPAC has filed notice it will lay off 485 workers and close its Stayton processing facility closes Oct. 31 as part of the company’s filing for bankruptcy and the impending sale of its assets to Oregon Potato Company for $155.5 million. 11 more words

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Oregon wildlife officials concerned with return of warm water 'Blob'

One of the most notorious threats to fish and wildlife may be returning to the Oregon Coast.

Federal scientists said Thursday that another warm-water heatwave in the Pacific Ocean, similar to “The Blob” of 2014 and ’15, is forming and could bring major concerns for the state’s fish and wildlife. 12 more words

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Oregon wildfires: 130 ignited statewide following lightning storms

Thousands of lightning strikes raked across Oregon Thursday and Thursday night, resulting in at least 130 wildfires statewide.

Most of the wildfires are small — little more than an acre in most cases — but the sheer number of new starts could pose a challenge to fire crews. 9 more words

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