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Health Advisory Issued for Devils Lake on Oregon Coast

Swallowing or inhaling water, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Devils Lake is especially dangerous.

(LINCOLN CITY, Ore. ) - Devils Lake A health advisory was issued Friday due to high levels of blue-green algae and toxins in Devils Lake, located just south of Lincoln City in Lincoln County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

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Oregon Health Insurance Rates Going Down

For a similar small employer plan, the average 2015 premium is an estimated $308 per month, compared with $327 in 2014.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Oregon Health Care Costs The Department of Consumer and Business Services' Insurance Division has approved rates for 2015 individual and small employer health insurance plans, and on average, they are lower than 2014 rates.

Although the rate changes vary by insurer, the average monthly premium for an individual standard plan for a 40-year-old in Portland in 2015 is estimated at $250, compared to $262 in 2014.

Read Full Article (Aug-01-2014 14:40:00)

High Speed Motorcycle Race Kills Gresham Man

Police are still searching for the second motorcyclist who reportedly left the scene after the crash.

(PORTLAND, Ore. ) - Oregon Motorcycle Crash A Gresham man is dead after he crashed his motorcycle in what police believe may have been a high speed race with another motorcyclist Thursday afternoon.

The reports coming into deputies was that the motorcycle had been travelling at speeds near 100 mph before it crashed.

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Oregon Sex Offender Arrested for Sex Abuse; Police Looking for Other Victims

Oregon State Police believe there could be more victims.

(EUGENE, Ore. ) - Melvin Bud Richard Stout Jr. Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 55-year old Eugene man who is a registered sex offender on allegations that he provided marijuana and alcohol to a 15-year old female and sexually abused the victim.

On Thursday, an OSP detective received information from the victim that Melvin "Bud" Richard Stout Jr., provided marijuana and alcohol for her consumption on more than one occasion, including at a party in June of this year in the Crow, Ore. area.

Stout is a registered sex offender in Oregon based upon a 1996 conviction for Sex Abuse in the First Degree. He did not qualify for notification as a predatory sex offender and was in compliance with his annual registration requirement.

Read Full Article (Aug-01-2014 11:11:00)

ODOT Crews Work Quickly to Fix Sinkhole on Highway 219

By next week, ODOT says the highway will go into the regular maintenance schedule for repair.

(ST. PAUL, Ore. ) - Oregon Sinkhole Oregon Department of Transportation crews braved the overnight thunderstorm that passed overhead as they filled a sinkhole on Oregon Highway 219 east of St. Paul.

ODOT maintenance staff upon arrival found the hole which was about two feet deep, and spent the night filling and patching it with what is called a cold patch for the weekend.

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50 Palestinians Killed, over 200 Wounded as Ceasefire Falls Apart

The UN condemned Hamas's reported violation of the ceasefire and demanded the release of the soldier.

(JERUSALEM) - Palestinians Killed in Gaza Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came into effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.

Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said.

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Lightning Causes Fires, Power Outages in Salem Overnight

VIDEO by's Jerry Freeman

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Salem Oregon Lightning Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley, and the Oregon Coast range got a great lighting show, and the sound of booming thunder echoed throughout the valley overnight.

Reports into and on social media had reports of lighting and thunder from Salem, Albany, Corvallis, parts of Eugene, McMinnville, Dallas, and the Oregon Coast Range.

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Salem, Willamette Valley Get Overnight Thunder and Lighting Show

There have been no reports of damage or fires caused by lighting in the Willamette Valley or Oregon Coast Range as of 12:45 a.m. Also no power outages have been reported.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - OREGON BREAKING NEWS The National Weather Service radar at 12:45 a.m. showed a strong band of thunderstorms rolling slowly through the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast range.

In the Salem-Keizer area, light rain and small hail began to fall from the storm at around 12:30 p.m.

Read Full Article (Jul-31-2014 23:05:00)

Salem Police Arrest Two Armed Robbery Suspects

The suspects allegedly stole another juveniles bike at gunpoint.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Salem Police Car Salem Police have arrested two juveniles who they say took part in an armed robbery on July 19.

Lt. Steve Birr with Salem Police says Thursday night around 8:00 p.m., detectives from the criminal investigations division and the street crimes unit, along with the Salem Police SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 4900 block of Sunnyside Road SE.

Read Full Article (Jul-31-2014 22:20:00)

Israel and Hamas Agree on 72-Hour Ceasefire

Israel and Palestinian delegations in the meantime will travel to Cairo for separate negotiations to reach a more durable ceasefire.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Gaza Rocket Blast A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip went into effect on Friday, and negotiators were due to travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution.

The 72-hour break, the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, began at 1:00 a.m. EDT. The truce was announced in a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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