In wild parts of Central Oregon, geocaches are out

Posted by Jim Ferretti on April 24, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is trying to get geocaches removed from wilderness and environmentally sensitive areas in Central Oregon.

Geocaches are the containers at the end of high-tech treasure hunts undertaken by hobbyists.

They use GPS devices or smartphones to track down the caches, which can contain log books, toys or knick-knacks. Typically, geocachers take something …

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Court: State can vaccinate children in its care

Posted by Jim Ferretti on April 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Supreme Court says children in state custody can be vaccinated over their parents’ religious objections.

In a decision Thursday, the court found that the Department of Human Services can order surgeries for wards in its custody and said vaccinations are far less invasive.

The eight children at the center of the case are in foster care. …

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Board Recommends Shutting Down Cover Oregon

Posted by Jim Ferretti on April 24, 2014
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PORTLAND — Seven months after it was supposed to be up and running, the board of directors for Cover Oregon have been told the best thing to do is to dump the troubled web site and join the federal health insurance exchange.

A board meeting will be held Friday morning to vote on the recommendation.

Oregon Congressman Gregg Walden tells KXL, “Cover …

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Deaths From Heroin Fall While Meth Deaths Grow

Posted by Steve Leader on April 24, 2014

According to Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson, the number of heroin-related deaths in the state fell last year by 25% compared with 2012. Heroin claimed 111 lives in 2013.

Gunson says deaths related to methamphetamine jumped by 32% last year compared with 2012.

While not exactly sure why deaths related to heroin fell, Gunson tells FM News 101 the drop …

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Abortion Medical Waste from Canada in Oregon

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on April 24, 2014

Marion County finds itself in the middle of what could be a morale controversy. How could could medical waste leftover after an abortion in Canada end up at an Energy processing plant here in Oregon without anybody knowing about it.

As of right now what we know is that a religious newspaper in Canada called the ” B C Catholic” printed …

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