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75% Contained Monday Evening
5:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Klamath County Fire Approaches Containment

Credit South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership

Firefighters appear to have the upper hand on the Ferguson fire, burning on private land in Klamath County. 

By Monday afternoon, the fire was listed as 75% contained on 200 acres.

The fire was first reported on Friday, and quickly burned down three structures and threatened several more, forcing evacuation orders.

Those orders had been dialed back to less urgent advisories by early Monday.  The fire zone is 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, five miles north of Beatty.

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NPR Story
4:31 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Health Officials Plan Next Steps In Birth Defect Investigation

At a meeting in Kennewick, the health department asked people to raise concerns about a rare birth defect. Since 2010, there have been 32 cases of anencephaly in central Washington. Officials are working out their next steps.
Courtney Flatt

Investigators still aren’t sure what’s causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington, where the rate is four times the national average. Health officials met Monday to figure out what to do next.

A new public service announcement is one way health officials are trying to teach women about folic acid. It's also available in Spanish.

One of the birth defects folic acid helps prevent is anencephaly, which results in unformed skulls in babies.

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NPR Story
4:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Bill Pushes For $50 Million To Restore Columbia River

A view of the Columbia River from Washington's Wind Mountain. A new bill would authorize $50 million for pollution cleanup in the Northwest's biggest river basin.
David Steves

Two members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduced a bill Monday that would open the door to $50 million in federal funding for Columbia River pollution cleanup.

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lightning storms in the forecast
3:50 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Lightning Could Spark More Wildfires This Week

The Buzzard Complex of fires is currently the largest in the nation. It's burnt more than 600 acres of rangeland southeast of Burns.

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:13 pm

Most of the major wildfires burning in Oregon are at or near containment, but a new round of intense lightning storms is forecast this week.

Fire officials say 6 of the 11 large wildfires in Oregon now range from 80 percent to fully contained. The blazes are burning east of the Cascades.

Carol Connolly with the Northwest Coordination Center says lightning is expected for the next couple of days.

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set to vote
3:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Eugene City Council To Vote On Climate Change Ordinance

Councilor Alen Zelenka

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:10 pm

The Eugene City Council is set to vote on a Climate Recovery Ordinance tonight. The proposal includes a plan to reduce the city's output of greenhouse gasses, monitor progress, and requires the city manager to bring back a community gas reduction goal. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed the ordinance. He says the majority of Eugenians showed support for the measure during the public comment period last week.

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ban smoking on all of its beaches
3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach viewed from U.S. Highway 101.
Roy W. Lowe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:51 pm

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Judge Rules Against Sterling, Allows LA Clippers Sale To Proceed

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald, during a 2010 Los Angeles Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons.
Mark Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:45 pm

A probate judge has ruled that Donald Sterling cannot block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shelly Sterling, his estranged wife, had arranged in May to sell the NBA franchise to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.

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The Salt
3:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich

This photo also featured in BuzzFeed's "21 Unbelievable Beverage Can Photobombs."

Ever since we landed in San Francisco and refused to leave, we've heard people talking about the Korean steak sandwich at Rhea's Deli and Market. People say things like "It's amazing" and "Get away from me, I'm trying to eat" and "Did you just lick a drop of sauce off of my shirt? I'm calling the police."

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2:31 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler, A Venerable And Beloved NPR Voice, Passes At 68

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:50 am

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