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A $2.3 million plan to support community recovery from the Oct. 1, 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College moved one step closer to approval last week. The Oregon House Rules Committee unanimously approved House Bill 2590 Thursday. It would provide money to pay for a range of services, fro…

  • GARANCE BURKE The Associated Press
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The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration’s internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on ille…

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ASTORIA — Local leaders rejoiced in September when Astoria Marine Construction Co. was offered a five-year reprieve from a state-mandated cleanup expected to close the 93-year-old shipyard, giving the community several years to find a new location.

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  • JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN (Pendleton) East Oregonian
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PENDLETON — It only takes one book to get hooked: That’s what SMART coaches are hoping to teach kids about reading at an early age.

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  • STEVEN DUBOIS The Associated Press
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PORTLAND — Packy, the Asian elephant who drew international attention when he was born, including an 11-page spread in Life magazine, died Thursday at the Oregon Zoo. He was 54.

  • ANDREW SELSKY The Associated Press
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SALEM — Since the divisive November national elections, Oregon lawmakers and a member of its congressional delegation are seeing unprecedented public participation in the political process, and they are hoping the engagement will help solve a budget crisis.

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ST. HELENS — The basement rooms of a medical detox center may seem like a universe away from the world of Harry Potter and Harvard. The message on the bulletin board on a January afternoon, drawn in red marker, brought them closer together: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I…