New bill in Senate aims to thin forests, stem wildfires

After a summer wildfire season that blanketed much of the West in smoke, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has introduced a bill that would reduce the severity of wildfire by thinning forests that are crowded with too many trees and have become fuel for megafires
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Oregon senator sues to obtain Kavanaugh papers, vote delay

An Oregon senator filed suit in federal court in the District of Columbia, charging that Trump administration violated the Constitution's separation of powers by withholding from the Senate documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
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Oregon considers more funding to address water problems

The Oregon Legislature is considering allocating more than $1.2 million to better equip state agencies to respond to algal toxin contaminations
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Oregon regulators seek dismissal of oysterman's lawsuit

Oregon environmental regulators are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit that looks to strengthen pollution regulations in Tillamook Bay
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GOP congressman attacks foe's family ties in Oregon district

The Republican incumbent of a conservative U.S. House district in Oregon with 170-year-old links to the area is attacking the pioneer credentials of his Democratic opponent
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GOP candidate uses distant family of challenger's wife in ad

A Republican congressman running for his 11th term in a vast district in rural Oregon took a dig at his Democratic rival, saying "a distant branch" of her wife's ranching family backs him
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3 found stabbed in car on Highway 140, suspect arrested

Three men from North Carolina were found stabbed in a van along Oregon Highway 140 and a fourth North Carolina resident was arrested along the roadway a few miles away and booked on assault charges
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Oregon wine industry sees economic boom in 2017

An annual study shows the Oregon wine industry had significant economic growth in 2017
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Autopsy: Death of boy in DWI crash related to brain tumor

An autopsy concludes that the toddler whose ambulance overturned after being struck by a drunken driver died from complications of a brain tumor
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Sex assaults reported at Wake Forest frat under scrutiny

Two reports of a sexual assault have been filed in connection with a fraternity under interim suspension at Wake Forest University
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Rapid City trolley service sees steady ridership

Rapid City's trolley service sees steady ridership through the summer with minimal impact to the city's budget
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South Dakota to raise turkey for White House Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving turkey to either be served to President Donald Trump or pardoned this year will be raised in South Dakota
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MSU researcher fights against deadly deer disease

Researchers from Michigan State University and the state Department of Natural Resources are using technology and old-fashioned observation to track Michigan deer in hopes of curbing the deadly disease
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Minot brothers find success in mushroom farming

Minot brothers Jeff and Dan Coggins have found success in their second year harvesting mushrooms and selling their product at local farmers markets
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Michigan metal drummer recovers from 2015 bus crash

A Michigan metal drummer is recovering from a 2015 bus crash that caused him to lose his right leg
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Oklahoma case remains unsolved 34 years later

The disappearance of Sandy Pathresa Rea 34 years ago is still one of the biggest crime mysteries in the Shawnee area, but a new set of local investigators are putting a fresh set of eyes on the unsolved cold case
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Bentonville designer showcases work at New York Fashion Week

Bentonville fashion designer Alyssa Graves showcased six pieces in a show for emerging designers at New York Fashion Week
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Father-daughter duo broadcasts Arkansas high school football

Buzz Sawyer and his daughter Sarah Sawyer are calling play-by-play for Northside High School football games in the Grizzlies' revamped broadcast
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Wisconsin church's garden gives produce, sense of community

A Wisconsin church's garden doesn't just provide produce, it also provides a sense of community
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Minnesota fire department marks 125 years

This year marks the Virginia Fire Department's 125th anniversary
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Oklahoma Boy Scout Explorers reunite in New Mexico

A group of Boy Scout Explores reunited in New Mexico more than 50 years after a Boy Scouts trip
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Wisconsin students organize mental health festival

Three Wisconsin students organized a mental health festival at their school to erase mental health stigma
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Duluth beer makers say the area's water boosts products

Duluth beer makers have long said that the quality of Minnesota's water helps boost the quality of their products
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Efforts continue to save, support, secure Texas horny toads

A dozen conservationists clad in khaki and forest green marched into the Texas Hill Country brush in a continuing effort to save horny toads
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More cruise options coming to the Great Lakes

Michigan has started a new initiative to bring more cruise ships to the Great Lakes
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Outdoor art project to get new headquarters in Detroit

An outdoor art project is getting a new headquarters in Detroit
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Students learn about Oklahoma City bombing through new tech

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum recently launched the Augmented Reality experience to teach students about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing
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Nebraska senator to participate in world sniper competition

Nebraska Sen. Tom Brewer is headed for the International Sniper Cup event in Bulgaria after having competed in a series of sniper shooting championships
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Arkansas sees growing urgent care industry

Health care providers are planning to open up more urgent care centers across Arkansas
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Inmate group caters to spiritual needs at Iowa prison

At the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, an unusual group is catering to the spiritual needs of those who have no religion at all
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