human interest

Capitol Christmas Tree
5:21 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Oregon Capitol Christmas Tree Gets A Temporary Time-Out

Crews lower the Oregon state capitol Christmas tree to the floor of the rotunda.
Credit Chris Lehman

The huge Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Oregon capitol building is back up again. Crews had to un-decorate and lower the 30-foot Noble Fir Tuesday to correct a fairly basic error made when the tree was raised the day before.

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Firefighter Rescue
4:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

USFS Issues Report On Bucket Escape From Pole Creek Fire

An empty helicopter bucket served as a rescue vehicle for a firefighter during the Pole Creek Fire last month.
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service gives new details on a daring helicopter rescue at Pole Creek Fire last month outside Sisters. That review describes how a firefighter escaped oncoming flames by climbing into a helicopter's empty water bucket.

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Inmates And Students Debate
5:31 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Unconventional Debate Setting Pits Prisoners Versus College Students

Travis Ramsey makes a point during a debate as other inmates listen.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Toastmasters International is a public speaking club. But one of the most active Northwest chapters is in a place where its members can’t actually go out in public. We’re talking about the chapter based at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The inmates who participate get the chance to practice their communications skills with a university debate team. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman went behind the walls of the maximum security prison for this report.

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Police Get Lottery Winnings
6:50 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Jackpot! Crime DOES Pay, For The Medford Police Department

The Medford Police Department won part of a million dollar jackpot from the Oregon lottery due to an ill-gotten scratch-it.
Shoshana Flickr

When it comes to the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. But that’s not the case for the Medford Police Department. This week, the agency learned it won part of a million dollar jackpot from the Oregon lottery, but not because any officers bought the ticket.

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Tutu's GU Commencement Speech
4:53 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Archbishop Tutu’s Address At Gonzaga Focuses On Human Equality

Archbishop Desmond Tutu mixed humor with a serious message in his commencement speech for Gonzaga University's the graduating class.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Elke Wetzig Wikimedia Commons

At Gonzaga University’s commencement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu mixed humor with a serious message to the graduating class.

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MegaMillions Lottery
4:25 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

State Lotteries Report Brisk Sales In Advance Of MegaMillions Jackpot

The jackpot for Friday's MegaMillions drawing is currently $540 million -- the largest in world history.
Photo credit: Flickr user vvvracer Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Sales are brisk across the Northwest for Friday's MegaMillions drawing. The $540 million lottery jackpot is being called the largest in world history. The high-profile jackpot also means state lotteries of Oregon, Washington and Idaho are anticipating a payday of their own.

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