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Oregon bill would make all cans, bottles worth dime in April

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 5:04 a.m.

In this Monday, June 3, 2013 photo, beer cans are displayed. Oregon’s longtime 5-cent deposit on bottles of beer and water and cans of soda paid at checkout will increase to 10 cents on April 1. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Oregonians, hold off redeeming your sticky piles of empty bottles and cans for just a few more weeks! On April 1, their refundable deposit will be worth double what you paid. Oregon’s longtime 5-cent deposit on bottles of beer and water and cans of soda paid at checkout will increase to 10 cents on that date, after several years of lagging redemption rates.

Ryan Bundy interviewer fights federal subpoena in 2nd trial

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 2:24 p.m.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown will hear oral arguments Friday on the government’s attempt to compel a reporter to testify in the second trial for the occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Lawyers for detained Seattle ‘dreamer’ again seek release

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

Lawyers for a Seattle-area man arrested by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children are again asking a court to release him immediately.

Oregon lawmaker wants osprey to be new state bird

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

An osprey brings a portion of a largemouth bass back to its nest while another looks over the edge in Bend, Ore. on Aug. 8, 2012. (Ryan Brennecke / Associated Press)
An Oregon lawmaker says the current state bird is unoriginal, and instead wants to replace it. The Statesman Journal reports that state Sen. Fred Girod sponsored a resolution to replace the western meadowlark as Oregon’s state bird with the osprey.

Moses Lake, Potholes at unusually high levels

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

The water level in Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir is so high right now that local officials are having to release water just to hold the level steady. “It’s higher now then it has been in years,” said Chris Overland, general manager of the Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District. “The Bureau of Reclamation is is releasing 90-100 cubic feet per second from Potholes just to ease the pressure.”

Oregon AG girding to protect abortion rights

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

FILE - In this July 13, 2016, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum poses for a photo at her office in Portland, Ore. Rosenblum has staffers strategizing how to fight back if the federal government tries to withhold funds to force compliance with conservative policies, like on abortion. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)
On the heels of Washington state’s successful pushback of President Donald Trump’s immigration order, Oregon is readying for a court battle if the federal government tries to curtail abortion rights, the state’s attorney general said.

Inslee signs bill to improve dental care for state tribes

Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporterson Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Olympia. (Rachel La Corte / Associated Press)
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill that seeks to improve oral health on reservations in Washington state. The measure was the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session. It allows tribes to use federal funding for dental therapists, who provide preventative care and procedures such as cleanings, fillings and oral exams.

Senate votes for bill to vacate victims’ prostitution crimes

Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Victims of sex trafficking would be allowed to vacate prostitution convictions in Washington state under a measure passed by the state Senate. Senate Bill 5257, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Rebecca Saldana of Seattle, passed unanimously on a 49-0 vote on Wednesday. A companion bill exists in the House.

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