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Oregon governor expands abortion, reproductive coverage

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill expanding coverage on abortions and other reproductive services to thousands of Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity. Proponents called it America's most progressive reproductive health policy.

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Eclipse safety plans upgraded

The number of people expected to descend on Central Oregon for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse has more than tripled from earlier estimates, and Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill has upgraded public safety plans accordingly. Instead of the projected 75,000 people traveling to Jefferson County to be close to Madras, which lies squarely in the Path of Totality, there are likely to be 250,000.

Warm Springs fire sparks evacuations

A fire burning through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation has spread to more than 21,000 acres and led to evacuation of some residents. According to reports, the Nena Springs fire burning along Highway 3 near Simnasho started Tuesday night about a half-mile north of the reservation.

Boat safety tips for eclipse event

Are you planning to be on the water for the eclipse? The Oregon State Marine Board, marine law enforcement and boating facility providers offer boating safety tips so everyone can have an unforgettable time on the water.

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What's a total solar eclipse and why this one is unusual

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes the Aug. 21 eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

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Shaniko prepares for ‘seige’

Shaniko, population 26, is preparing for a siege of sorts when the solar eclipse happens Aug. 21.

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County ready for ‘Great Eclipse’

Wasco County emergency managers are ready for everything — from snake bites to traffic snarls, car wrecks, drownings and wildfires — that could result from having thousands of people converge on the region for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Sheriff Lane Magill expects so much action in south county during the weekend prior to the eclipse that he is setting up two command posts to respond to incidents.

Visa snafu lands Spaniard in jail

A 22-year-old Spanish woman heading for a six-week stay in Corvallis was denied entry to the U.S. at the Portland airport July 5 and spent 38 hours at the regional jail in The Dalles before being deported. Her family didn’t know her whereabouts for 20 hours.

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Heat wave: Tips to avoid heat-related problems

Triple digit temperatures are expected across the region this week and the American Red Cross is urging people to take simple steps to avoid a heat-related illness.

Mosier OK’s settlement

A group of Mosier officials voted Monday to accept the terms of the latest $2.4 million offer from Union Pacific Railroad, subject to further negotiations on the scope of the release provided to the railroad in return for their payment and in-kind donations.

Merkley announces key OR wins in bill

WASHINTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is pleased that key provisions in an Energy and Water Appropriations bill will help Oregon communities.

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Commentary: Communities can become 'fire-adapted'

In recent years wildfire seasons in the western United States have become so intense that many of us who make our home in dry, fire-prone areas are grappling with how to live with fire.

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Rep. Huffman will not run again

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, will not run for his House District 59 seat in 2018 — and may be leaving earlier if he is selected by the Trump administration to oversee Oregon’s rural development programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Oil train legislation sent back to committee after criticism

PORTLAND — State lawmakers sent a proposed oil train safety bill back for more work Friday after growing concerns that an amendment favoring the railroad industry had watered down key provisions on public oversight and financial accountability.

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Walden tours The Dalles Dam

Congress seeks to boost power generation

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., went on a tour of The Dalles Dam Saturday to see a new navigation lock gate and discuss power generation and environmental issues with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administrators.

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