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Online romance scams are heartbreaking

Online romance scams are heartbreaking

PORTLAND, Oregon — Online romance is prime real estate for scam artists, and with Facebook adding an online dating service for some customers soon, the Better Business Bureau is urging everyone to take caution. Danielle Kane, with the BBB, said online romance scams are now costing victims millions of dollars annually. “Last year, Oregon victims…

Domestic violence poster now available for WA workplaces

OLYMPIA, Washington – A new domestic violence survivor resources poster that will be featured in all Washington workplaces has been unveiled.  The poster will be produced and distributed by the Washington Employment Security Department. Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (R-Goldendale) is the main sponsor of House Bill 1533, requiring that information about domestic violence be provided in…

Wyden takes a wack at vaping teens

Wyden takes a wack at vaping teens

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Oregon Health Authority investigates if vaping was responsible for the death of an Oregon resident in July, one Oregon senator claims he has a way to make it more difficult for teenagers to vape, and it’s the same strategy used on tobacco products. Vape products are not currently regulated and…

OHA investigating death possibly linked to vaping

OHA investigating death possibly linked to vaping

News release from the Oregon Health Authority: The Oregon Health Authority is investigating the recent death of an individual who had severe respiratory illness following use of an e-cigarette, which is also known as a vaping device. Investigators at the OHA Public Health Division say they received reports that the individual, who died in July, had recently…

Okanogan firefighter injured in Spring Coulee Fire

Okanogan firefighter injured in Spring Coulee Fire

OKANOGAN, Washington – An Okanogan County firefighter is in a medically-induced coma after being injured Sunday while working on the Spring Coulee Fire. Okanogan County Fire District No. 3 Assistant Chief Christian Johnson sustained second and third degree burns over 50 to 60 percent of his body and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in…

Plan proposed to put a pin in Pasco Landfill cleanup

Plan proposed to put a pin in Pasco Landfill cleanup

PASCO, Washington – One of Washington’s most challenging contaminated sites could soon see the worst of the waste removed in a major cleanup operation. A draft plan recommends excavating 35,000 drums of industrial waste from the Pasco Landfill while continuing to safely contain what stays put. The community is invited discuss the proposal at 6:30 p.m. on Sept.…

Will Deschutes be down with lighting up?

Will Deschutes be down with lighting up?

BEND, Oregon — Recreational marijuana is a booming business in Oregon, and now one of the state’s most influential tourist communities will determine if it will get in on the legal grows. Deschutes County has held out from recreational marijuana since it was legalized four years ago in Oregon; that’s because cities and counties can…

Sleepy kids lead to lacking grades

Research shows that sleepy kids in school only leads to bad grades and unhealthy lifestyles. In fact, some schools in Washington are trying to set the trend of a new norm: Later start times and later release times. As kids head back to school this week, one sleep doctor is hoping parents and guardians will…

OHSU researchers look to wipe out the annual flu shot

OHSU researchers look to wipe out the annual flu shot

PORTLAND, Oregon – Researchers at OHSU has receive a grand from the Gates Foundation to develop a universal flu vaccine that attacks the virus from a new angle. Once you get the flu, it spreads fast. “Within six hours it will take a single copy of itself and turn it into thoughts of copies,” explained…

Former police officer enters plea to stealing methamphetamine from evidence locker

Former police officer enters plea to stealing methamphetamine from evidence locker

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon EUGENE, Oregon—Phillip Allan Beach, 49, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception of subterfuge. According to court documents, in May 2015, an evidence coordinator at the Cottage Grove Police Department…