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Weyerhaeuser announced a merger today that will nearly double the amount of timberland it owns.

The company, based in Washington, was already the largest timber owner in the United Sates.

The Douglas county sheriff Saturday confirmed that the shooter at Umpqua Community College was a student at the school.

Four hundred guests at the Ka-Nee-Tah resort on the Warm Springs Reservation have evacuated due to an advancing wildfire.

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Law enforcement and firefighters have begun removing demonstrators who spent two straight days dangling from a bridge or paddling kayaks to blockade a Shell Oil icebreaker bound for the Arctic.

Oregon Public Broadcasting News reporter Amelia Templeton described the scene Thursday afternoon around the Willamette River's St. Johns Bridge — which is downriver from where the icebreaker Fennica was docked.

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The Oregon Senate has approved a bill doubling the amount of time rape victims will have to press charges. It now goes to Governor Kate Brown for her signature.

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This week, Oregon voters chose to legalize marijuana and to direct the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to draw up rules to tax pot and to keep it out of the hands of people under 21. Now regulators in Oregon have to figure out how to take the pot economy that’s been operating under their noses and turn it into a regulated market.

Friends, admirers, and dignitaries from across Oregon gathered at the capitol Wednesday to remember Vic Atiyeh. The former governor was elected in 1979 and held the office for 8 years. He died in July at age 91. Amelia Templeton reports.
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Five Oregon counties now say they will no longer hold people in jail in response to requests from the federal immigration agency. That’s after a federal district court judge found those detentions violate the constitution.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says a helicopter pilot allowed herbicides to fall onto homes in a rural community in southern Oregon.

That’s one of the conclusions of a nearly six-month investigation the department made public Tuesday. 

Women farmers met this weekend in Vancouver, WA, Idaho Falls, ID and Corvallis, OR to share strategies for managing their land. Amelia Templeton reports Washington State University organized a video conference in a dozen cities across the Northwest to help women farmers connect.

According to the latest census data, women make up about 20 percent of farm operators in Oregon and Washington and just 12 percent in Idaho. Their numbers have fallen since the 2007 census.

Lorrie Conway grew up on a farm. Now she runs a small goat dairy in Camas, WA.