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Salem-News.com (June 18, 2019 16:04)

Oregon Passes Most Comprehensive Plastic Bag Ban in the Country

Oregon's most common litter includes cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, food wrappers, and plastic bags.

(SALEM, Ore.) - paper grocery bagOn June 11th, the Oregon Senate passed the most comprehensive plastic bag ban in the U.S.

Starting on January 1, 2020, single-use plastic bags will be eliminated from local retail stores and restaurants, preventing billions of non-biodegradable plastic bags from entering landfills, waterways and the environment. As the first state in the nation to successfully include restaurants in the legislation, Oregon is leading the way in reducing plastic pollution for the future.

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Salem-News.com (June 13, 2019 16:20)

Ohio Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp and CBD Products Moves Ahead

Hemp is a billion-dollar industry in the U.S. and is expected to more than double by 2022.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Hemp fieldsOhio Senate Bill 57, a bill that would decriminalize hemp and license hemp cultivation, passed the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House Committee, and could soon get a full House vote.

“If the Ohio full House passes this bill it will be a historical step forward for the hemp industry, for residents who want to utilize CBD’s reported benefits and for local farmers,” said Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin.

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Salem-News.com (June 14, 2019 19:41)

Salem's Blue-Green Algae Fears Put to Rest by City

After last summer's outbreak of blue-green algae, Salemites are worried.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Geren Island water treatment"Earlier this afternoon, some social media sites were falsely stating the City of Salem has drinking water test results it is not releasing that shows cyanotoxins in the drinking water and that the water is unsafe. This is false.

"The treatment systems are working and the water leaving the water treatment facility is clean and safe to drink."

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Salem-News.com (June 14, 2019 17:16)

Trump Continues his Anti-Immigrant Politics

Trump opposes asylum-seekers, even those running from deadly situations.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Salem-News.comAt the eleventh hour, Trump suspended the tariffs saying that Mexico had agreed to new and broader concessions to curb migration, which included deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border, and an expansion of a program to allow asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed.

In the announcement of the tariff suspension, Trump failed to disclose that Mexico had already agreed to these “new and broader” concessions last December.

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Salem-News.com (June 12, 2019 13:25)

ZIP Code: Amazing Facts That May Surprise You

With the help of only five (or nine) symbols the post office is able to find the destination fast and easy.

(SALEM, Ore.) - mail boxDo you often send letters? If not, then it's very possible you have wondered about that strange set of numbers at the end of the mailing address. Some people are sure that those numbers aren't important and omit the ZIP code. In a couple of days, they get their mail back.

So, why is the ZIP code an essential part of postal service? What does it actually mean? Let’s get acquainted with these seemingly erroneous numbers.

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Salem-News.com (June 05, 2019 13:47)

On the Virginia Beach Mass Shooting

Ignoring the gun violence problem is only making it worse.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Virginia Beach shootingI am saddened at the killing of 12 people in Virginia Beach by a disgruntled government employee who later died after a shootout with police.

“It’s not just mass shootings,” said U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), adding that each day in America gun violence occurs “on sidewalks and playgrounds and people’s backyards.

"It’s happening family by family across the country. And it doesn’t get the same headlines. And that is wrong.”

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Salem-News.com (June 05, 2019 13:05)

March for Fair Housing Ends in Salem

Homeless rights activists are calling for a State of Emergency

(SALEM, Ore.) - homelessIt is around a 50-mile walk from Portland to Salem, but homeless rights activists made the trip in a bid to draw attention to their cause. Setting off on May 23rd, 2019, protesters finally reached Salem at the end of the month, where a demonstration was held.

House prices in Salem have been increasing and so has homelessness along with it.

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Salem-News.com (June 04, 2019 00:17)

Texas Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Oregon Pill Mill

Pill mill clinic manager will go to Federal Prison for illegal opioid distribution

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Julie DeMille and Osasuyi  IdumwonyiIdumwonyi and DeMille split the clinic’s cash proceeds. In a typical day at the clinic, DeMille saw up to 20 patients, charging each $200 in cash. In 2015, the clinic generated at least $388,000 in revenue.

DeMille's prescriptions resulted in the distribution of more than 219,000 pills, 96.7% of which were opioids.

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Salem-News.com (June 03, 2019 17:43)

Three Oregon Teens Killed by Drunk Driver

The Jeep driver's blood alcohol content was 0.239 percent when tested.

(SALEM, Ore.) - victims of drunk driverThe Jeep was travelling northeast on Salem Parkway at a high rate of speed when it ran the red light at Cherry AV NE and collided with the Toyota travelling southeast.

All three of the Toyota occupants, 19-year old Trinity Watt, of Salem, 19-year old Madison Capobianco, of Salem and 18-year old Makayla Tryon, of Keizer, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Salem-News.com (June 03, 2019 13:00)

National Animal Rights Day

Each state has enacted laws to punish those who engage in cruelty to animals.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - national animal rightsThe 9th National Animal Rights Day was celebrated on Sunday June 2, 2019. Let’s salute our non-human friends and companions.

Anyone whose family includes a pet knows that animals think and feel. In fact, a number of scientific studies has shown that animals are far closer to us than recently believed. The Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness in Human and Nonhuman Animals, signed by a group of leading animal researchers, asserts that mammals, birds and other creatures posses consciousness and, in all likelihood, emotions and self-awareness.

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Salem-News.com (May 29, 2019 13:03)Video

Chainsaws Aren't Only Dangerous in Horror Movies

Approximately 36,000 people are injured by chainsaws annually.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - chain sawIt’s the stuff of horror movies—the villain chasing teenagers through the dark woods, brandishing a chainsaw.

But nothing is scarier than the statistics on chainsaw use. While chainsaws can be a useful tool to trim, prune, or remove trees, 36,000 people are injured by them in the U.S. every year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Salem-News.com (May 29, 2019 11:59)

Portland-Based Timeshare Scam Exposed by BBB

Victims of this scam are from across the U.S. and Canada.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - scam artistBetter Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is alerting consumers to a Portland, OR-based timeshare scam operating under the name M&T Property Management. Consumers have so far lost nearly $37,000 to this company.

BBB’s investigations team found that M&T is pretending to be a timeshare resale company and has gone through great lengths to make the company and associated website seem real.

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Salem-News.com (May 27, 2019 20:13)

Michael Wolfe Arrested in Disappearances

Oregon man is in custody and charged with aggravated murder after disappearance of his 3-year-old son and the boy's mother.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Karissa and William FretwellFriday, 52-year old Michael John Wolfe was taken into custody by investigators from the Salem Police Department in connection with the disappearance of 25-year old Karissa Fretwell and the 3-year old son, William Fretwell, she shares with Wolfe.

He was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on two counts of Aggravated Murder and two counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree. He is being held without bail.

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Salem-News.com (May 27, 2019 19:19)

Oregon National Guard in Memorial Day Events Around the State

Our Nation’s Vietnam veterans and veterans from all eras were honored.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.comAuthorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by President Obama on May 25, 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.

Nine million Americans, approximately 6.4 million living today, served during that period, and the commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call of duty.

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Salem-News.com (May 21, 2019 11:15)

PC Games and Upcoming Changes

We can expect numerous tech inventions in the gaming field.

(SALEM, Ore.) - computer gamesIt seems that traditional gambling may soon be a thing of the past. According to the Jon Peddie Research (JPR), classic computer chances and gaming technology can finish their era. From now on, players will be able to switch from traditional desktop games to cloud-based chances.

All these games are expected to be broadcast on television providers either by consoles or cloud-based streaming.

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Salem-News.com (May 17, 2019 12:04)

State Anti-Abortion Laws

The Republican war on women continues.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - republicanAlabama became the eleventh state to pass anti-abortion legislation. Now eleven of the 22 states with both a Republican governor and legislature have passed an anti-abortion law. I expect it to be eventually 22 of 22.

The Republicans know or should know that these laws are unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s earlier decision in Roe v. Wade.

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Salem-News.com (May 16, 2019 11:58)

Mazda Toyota Breaks Ground with $1.6 Billion Construction Project

Alabama receives a huge boon to their auto industry

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.comOn Tuesday, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing officially began development on their $1.6 billion development project. The company erected its first steel column in Alabama Limestone County, signaling the start of its major auto assembly construction plant, which will make 300,000 vehicles annually upon completion in 2021.

This marks one of the largest development projects to ever come to the state of Alabama.

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Salem-News.com (May 15, 2019 17:16)

Legal Cannabis Export Passes the Oregon Senate! SB 582

"There’s not just a surplus of cannabis here – we have a massive wealth of knowledge, talent, experience, and skill that results in our state producing the highest quality cannabis in the world" -Casey Houlihan (ORCA)

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Oregon State Senator Floyd ProzanskiAfter passing with a 19-9 vote, the bill will now advance to the House, where it has already received support from lawmakers in both parties.

The Governor’s office has also indicated support for the bill, meaning that today’s Senate vote is likely the largest hurdle the bill will face on its way to becoming law.

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Salem-News.com (May 15, 2019 16:53)

Salem Police Officer Survives Shooting at Traffic Stop

38-year old Jaime Jimenez was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on multiple charges

(SALEM, Ore.) - shootingAccording to officials, the officer, whose name has yet to be released, stopped a vehicle in the 500 block of Highland AV NE, and during the stop a male suspect shot at the officer. The suspect then fled in his vehicle.

The injured officer was transported to Salem Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

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Salem-News.com (May 08, 2019 01:55)

Is Scott M. Fishman, MD Responsible for Opioid Addictions and Deaths?

His "guide" aimed at State Medical Boards around the country became the holy grail to physicians in minimizing the dangers of addiction and death from prescribed opioids such as OxyContin.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Scott M. FishmanDr. Fishman has been relatively quiet since being named in a now sealed US Senate Finance Committee investigation as well as being sued throughout the country for his part in the opioid epidemic.

The complaint states that Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, drafted and sponsored "Responsible Opioid Prescribing", a clinician guidebook produced by the Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB) and written by Scott M. Fishman, MD.

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Salem-News.com (May 09, 2019 08:29)

4 Benefits of Making Your Own E-Juice

With the DIY e-juice route, you always get exactly what you want.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Making your own e-juice can add another layer to your love of vaping. Have you ever thought about making your own? Here are a few of the best benefits you get from making your own vape juice.

If you buy value brands of e-liquid, you're still likely to be saving at least 50%. If you're a bigger fan of the higher-end brands, your savings become astronomical.

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Salem-News.com (May 04, 2019 00:31)

Portland Commemorates the 20th Annual Global Cannabis March

Every organization, cannabis business and individual is encouraged to participate in this quintessential free speech event.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Portland is one of nearly 300 cities worldwide that will participate in the annual Global Cannabis March today, Saturday, May 4.

Oregonians and others from near and far will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a rally that begins at high noon, with a scheduled cannabis freedom march through downtown, accompanied by a police escort at 4:00 p.m.

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Salem-News.com (May 02, 2019 14:10)

Turmoil in Venezuela

Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Even with backing from the Trump administration, Juan Guaidó, the U.S.-recognized interim president of Venezuela, failed to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

It is difficult to reconcile our outrage over Russia’s interference in our elections with our present interference in Venezuela’s affairs.

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