Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon students rallied Wednesday in protest of proposed tuition hikes. The rally was followed by a meeting with administration.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio called on the Justice Department Wednesday to take action against the armed militants occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

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Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says the Newport Air Station is safe from closure, at least for the next two years.  The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, passed Thursday in the House, secures funding for the rescue helicopter.

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An armed sheriff's deputy will be on patrol at Umpqua Community College as soon as Monday. The school in Roseburg is beefing up security after the mass shooting that left 10 people dead on October 1st.

Eugene birder Noah Strycker has achieved his goal of seeing 5,000 different birds during his international "Big Year" of birding.


Oregon Water Resources Department

Twenty of Oregon's 36 counties are officially in drought and three more are waiting on declarations from the governor.  Water managers say current stream conditions are as low as what is normally seen in mid to late August.

State of Oregon

Governor Kate Brown Friday confirmed drought emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties. That makes 19 Oregon counties, officially in a state of drought.

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Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

Repairs To Oregon Coastal Highway May Take A While

U.S. Highway 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway along the Central Oregon Coast.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike today after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night. the GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

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