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Testing May Start In Spring
6:54 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Drones To Fly Over Oregon

A Predator drone.
Credit NOAA/Public Domain

Unpiloted aircraft will soon be tested over Oregon by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA announced it had selected a joint proposal from Oregon, Alaska, and Hawai'i to be among six newly designated drone testing sites across the U. S.

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Rented Tent Counts As Home
6:46 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Charge Overturned On Concealed Weapon At Campsite

Persuaded by a man's argument that his campsite was his home, the Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed his conviction for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

The Oregonian reports that the appeals court held that 66-year-old David Wolf was entitled to tell jurors at his trial that Oregon law makes an exception to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit if a person is in his or her place of residence.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:38 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Military Interest In Sex Assault Program

Credit Ashland Police

Det. Sgt. Tighe O'Meara describes the workings of the "You Have Options" program.

The very title of Ashland's program for sexual assault victims says a lot: "You Have Options." 

Those options include waiting to decide whether to file charges, which can make a big difference in a victim's well-being. 

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Cities Begin Conservation Measures
6:44 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Driest California Year On Record Imminent

December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Troubled Health Exchange Scrambling
5:59 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Cover Oregon Suspends Ads

With its troubled health insurance exchange portal still not working, Cover Oregon officials say they have suspended its optimistic, feel-good advertising campaign after spending more than $8 million on it this year.

Cover Oregon official Michael Cox said Thursday that television, radio, and newspaper ads should no longer be running, while the "Long Live Oregonians" billboards will come down as payment expires.

The exchange has had to rely exclusively on paper applications and had to hire more than 400 workers to process them.

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Western States Attracting Residents
6:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Top Moving Destination In 2013

Oregon was the top moving destination for 2013, with 63 percent of interstate moves inbound. Oregon had been runner-up for four straight years.

In the new study by United Van Lines, the nation's largest household moving company, Oregon was followed by the Carolinas. South Carolina had the second-highest percentage of inbound moves, then North Carolina. South Dakota was fourth and the District of Columbia fifth.

At the other end, New Jersey repeated as the state with the highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Connecticut.

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Consultants Hired To Kick Off Campaign
6:29 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Battle Over Privatizing Liquor In Oregon Begins

The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.

The Oregonian newspaper reports Oregonians for Competition, a political action committee tied to the Northwest Grocery Association, has already spent $30,000 on consultants.

It reported campaign expenditures last week of $15,000 each to Winner & Mandabach Campaigns and to the Silver Bullet company. Silver Bullet collects signatures for ballot initiatives. Winner & Mandabach worked on the campaign to defeat proposed labels for genetically modified food.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2013
10:45 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Oregon's Worst Charities, 2013 Edition

Credit Deviant Art/Wikimedia

Ellen Klem explains why charities end up on the "Worst Charities" list in Oregon.

In this season of giving, many people either make gifts of donations to charity or make year-end donations to beef up their charity deductions on the next income tax return. 

Oregon's Justice Department puts out an annual list of "the worst charities" seeking donations in Oregon. 

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What's Red And Black And Spotted All Over?
6:35 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Spotted Frog Proposal Revives Endangered Species Fears

The Oregon spotted frog is no longer found in nearly 80 percent of its historic habitat range
Credit USDA Forest Service

An Endangered Species proposal raises hackles in Klamath County

Twenty-three years ago, the listing of the northern spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act was one of the factors that led to a sharply reduced Northwest timber harvest. Now, wildlife officials are proposing to list the Oregon spotted frog. If approved, this listing would not have nearly the far-reaching impact the spotted owl listing had. But  officials in Klamath County are pushing back against a proposal they fear will lead to intrusive and economically-damaging regulations.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:25 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Fight To Maintain Protected Status For Wolves

A gray wolf in the wild.
Credit Oregon State University

Josh Laughlin explains the opposition to the plan to roll back gray wolf protections.

We nearly wiped out wolves in the United States. 

And now large areas that were once home to wolves, including all of California, are wolf-free. 

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