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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

Eels slime cars on Oregon highway 

So. At least I didn't encounter eel slime on yesterday's drive to Cheney. A truck hauling eels overturned on an Oregon highway, turning the coastal road into a slimy mess. Oregon State Police on Thursday posted a photo on Twitter that showed damaged cars covered by the gooey eels.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

Oregon governor signs transgender equity bill into law

Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people in Oregon to update their birth certificates away from public view beginning next year. The measure makes Oregon the second state after California to adopt laws specifically designed to help mitigate potential discrimination against transgender individuals.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016

2 tokes nearer Idaho state line 18 

SR colleague Scott Maben put together this analysis re: the states with legalized pot that touch Idaho's borders: "Idaho is an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier. The state shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, made even friendlier Tuesday with victories for looser marijuana laws in Nevada and Montana."

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014

High Court won't block Oregon gay marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge’s order declaring Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The court issued an order Wednesday declining to block any new same-sex unions in the state while a federal appeals court considers whether an anti-gay marriage...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2013

Panhandle Prefers Ducks To Broncos 

Just how popular are the Broncos in the Gem State and elsewhere? The folks at social media giant Facebook have an answer — sort of. Late last week, Facebook released its first NCAA college football fan map, similar to maps it has done in recent...

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Man Blows Cork Over Misspelling 

A sign is shown in the parking lot of the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday. An upset man brought a pressure cooker he claimed was a bomb into the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission office on Wednesday and...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

1 In 16 Youth Play 'Choking Game'? 

One in 16 Oregon youths say they have played a dangerous game in which they get high by putting pressure on the neck to cut off blood circulation to the brain, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The study was led by public health officials in...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012

Simpsons' Springfield Is In Oregon 

One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been revealed, with "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening pointing to Springfield, Ore., as the inspiration for the animated hometown of Homer and his dysfunctional family. Groening told Smithsonian magazine, published online Tuesday, that he was inspired...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Otter Offers 150 Wolves To Oregon 

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has offered to send Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber 150 wolves, saying his own state has a few of the predators to spare. Monday's offer came in a tongue-in-cheek letter where Otter sarcastically apologized to Kitzhaber after an Idaho hunter killed...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Washington, Oregon On Liberal List 

Earlier, I published a list of the 10 most conservative states, compiled by Fellowship of the Minds: Conservatives Who Love America (from Gallup polling). Above you can find a list of the 10 most liberal states. Question: Are you surprised that Oregon is No. 3...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

'Portlandia' Returns For 2nd Season 

On a map of the Internet, the capital these days would be "Portlandia." The cult IFC Channel sketch show has been dominating Twitter and Google searches for several days leading up to Friday night's Season Two debut, occupying the type of web chatter usually reserved...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Oregon Guv Won't Allow Execution 

Gov. John Kitzhaber (pictured) announced today he will not allow the execution of Gary Haugen -- or any death row inmate -- to take place while he is in office. The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber said. "In my mind it...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

Court OKs Guns At Oregon Colleges 

Students and faculty with permits will be allowed to carry concealed guns on Oregon's seven public university campuses – at least for now – as the result of a court ruling Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals said that an Oregon...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

Johnson: Hatfield Fit Senator Mold

I’ve always thought of Mark Hatfield, the Oregon Republican who died on Sunday, as looking and acting exactly as a United States Senator should. If Hollywood were casting a role for a wise, reasoned fellow to be a U.S. Senator, Hatfield could have played the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011

20% Of Oregon Town OK To Grow Pot 

In Oregon, big city Portland has cafes where medical marijuana users smoke pot while singing karaoke. But it is in the small rural communities of southwestern Oregon where medical marijuana has really taken root. The Associated Press analyzed the locations of people registered to grow...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Wu Resigns In Wake Of Sex Scandal 

Rep. David Wu, D-Ore. speaks in Hillsboro, Ore., in this March 7 file photo. Wu has announced that he is resigning in the wake of allegations that he had a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman. Story from The Hill here. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

Oregon Insurer Seeks 22% Increase 

Item: Oregon's largest health insurer seeks 22 percent rate increase/Joe Rojas-Burke, Oregonian More Info: Oregon's largest health insurer, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, wants to raise premiums by more than 22 percent for 59,000 customers with individual coverage. In response to the eye-popping rate request, state insurance...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

Title Guy: Oregon Fans Obnoxious 16 

In the comments section, Title Guy writes of the BCS Championship game won by No. 1 Auburn over No. 2 Oregon 22-19 last night: "Seeing Oregon LOSE made my year!!! Thier fans are nasty!!!" Some have said the same thing of Boise State. I enjoy...

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Auburn Nips Oregon w/FG 22-19 

Item: Auburn nails it: Late field goal earns Tigers BCS championship/Eddie Pells, Associated Press More Info: Auburn running back Michael Dyer never heard any whistle, so he just kept running – past the tackler who thought he had him down – and deep into Oregon...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Auburn's Michael Dyer (5) is tackled short of the goal line by Oregon's Eddie Pleasant (11) defends during the second half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. Auburn won 22-19. (Matt York / Associated Press)

Auburn Edges Oregon For BCS Title 

Auburn's Michael Dyer (5) is tackled short of the goal line by Oregon's Eddie Pleasant (11) defends during the second half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game tonight in Glendale, Ariz. Auburn won 22-19. ESPN game story & boxscore here. (AP Photo/Matt...

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Parting Shot -- 1.10.11 12 

Auburn University fans gather at the Scottsdale Waterfront, Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Auburn fans were gearing up for the BCS national championship NCAA college football game with Oregon tonight in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) Question: Who's going to win?

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

No. 2 Oregon Hikes Minimum Wage 

Oregon boasts the second highest minimum wage in the country. Washington state leads the nation with a 2011 minimum wage of $8.67 an hour. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries mandates a minimum wage increase from $8.40 an hour to $8.50 an hour for...

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

Meghann: I Want To Pump My Own Gas 

Twitter/Facebook/SR buddy Meghann Cuniff mentioned on her blog recently that she's off on an well-deserved, two-week vacation back to her home country, Oregon. So I wasn't surprised to see a post from Oregon on her Twitter account that sez pointedly: "At a gas station in...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

AM: Byron Hout Learns From Mistake

In this Sept. 4, 2009, image from ESPN, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, left, punches Boise State's Byron Hout as Coach Chris Peterson, foreground right, tries to pull Hout away at the end of Boise State's 19-8 victory over Oregon. A year later, Hout, a...

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MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

**EDS NOTE: NUDITY** A sign encourages participants to go around to the main entrance so they can be counted as The Willamettans Family Nudist Resort adds their numbers in hopes of beating last year's record in the Guinness-sanctioned �Largest Skinny Dip Across North America" event. Over 200 nudists jumped into the resort pool near Springfield, Ore. at noon Saturday July 10, 2010 for the attempt which sought to break the record of 13,674 nationwide set last year. (Chris Pietsch / The Register-guard)

High Noon: Skinny Dipping For Guinness 

A sign encourages participants to go around to the main entrance so they can be counted as The Willamettans Family Nudist Resort adds their numbers in hopes of beating last year's record in the Guinness-sanctioned “Largest Skinny Dip Across North America" event. Over 200 nudists...

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