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Attention hunting enthusiasts: the use of urine-based deer attractants will be illegal effective January 2020 in an effort to stifle the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, caribou and moose populations.

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown announced a plan Thursday to limit Oregon’s unique tax rebate known as the kicker, saying she wants to divert $500 million in tax credits away from the state’s top income earners to pay down pension costs and invest in rural housing.

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Oregon State University College of Forestry will spend the next year working with the Department of State Lands to transform the Elliott State Forest into a research forest, the State Land Board decided Tuesday.

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Interim Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, will keep his state Senate seat. In unofficial final results released Wednesday night by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, the Republican senator defeated Democratic challenger Shannon Souza of Coos Bay by 64.3 percent to 35.5 percent.

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Incumbent House District 7 Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Fall Creek, defeated Democratic challenger Christy Inskip 61 percent to 39  percent, according to unofficial results updated at 11 p.m. Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

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Interim Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, will keep his House District 2 seat. In unofficial final results released Wednesday morning by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, Leif defeated Democratic challenger Megan Salter 66.2 percent to 33.6 percent.