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Salem-News.com (July 07, 2015 00:15)

Is Senator Joe Manchin of WV a Hero or a Hypocrite in the Prescription Opioid Epidemic?

The line between Heroism and Hypocrisy should not be so thin.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Senator ManchinLast week I received an email from a mother who lost her child to the prescription opioid/heroin health crisis crippling every state in the country.

The email read "I hope to get an appointment to see Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia when I visit Washington, DC -- I think he gets it." But, does Manchin "get it" in the sense this mother thinks?

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Salem-News.com (July 07, 2015 01:21)

Salem Streetlight Fee Begins: New $2.80 Charge Coming on August Utility Bills

Fernandez said city officials are reluctant to ask residents to pay more (than $2.80/month) at this time.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Oregon taxSalem residents will notice an increase in their city utility bills next month, but the rising cost has nothing to do with water or sewer service. Instead, it's the city's solution to pay for lighted streets.

Starting in August, the city's new streetlight fee will appear on water and sewer bills.

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Salem-News.com (June 30, 2015 23:30)

Keep Oregon Green! Marijuana is Minutes from Being Legal for 21+ Adults!

Remember those Cannabis Freedom Fighters who gave their all as we witness the end of Cannabis prohibition in Oregon ... Dr. Phil Leveque ... Larry “LK” Kirk ... Lindsey Bradshaw ... Jack “the Hemperor” Herer ... Jim Klahr ... Jim Greig ... and so many more.

(SALEM, Ore.) - marijuana in OregonThe countdown is in full force for adults, soon-to-be LEGAL cannabis users, in the state of Oregon.

The west side of the Burnside Bridge will be a most popular spot very shortly. It is rumored that at midnight (July 1) all 21+ adults with ID will be given free marijuana and cannabis seeds, courtesy of medical marijuana providers and activists.

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Salem-News.com (July 06, 2015 18:42)Video

Do You or Someone You Know Suffer From Low THC? (Public Service Announcement)

2 minutes of some of the most important information on the planet. (PSA)

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon marijuanaCannabis Network Radio recently published one of the best new Public Service Announcements out there, produced by The People's Plant. It has been called the best PSA about cannabis ever produced, and that may well be true.

There is actually a term for lack of cannabis in the human body called "Clinical EndoCannabinoid Deficiency" or CECD. Research has confirmed that underlying endocannabinoid deficiencies indeed play a role in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and a growing list of other medical conditions. Clinical experience is bearing this out.

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Salem-News.com (June 02, 2015 20:19)

Walery's Pizza Shows Local Support Fundraising for NWHS

Northwest Human Services helps with Medical, Dental, Mental Health care and social services for those in need.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Walery's PizzaThere was a party going on in West Salem today, and it all had to do with the best pizza around. Hungry people always find their way to Walery's, but today was special. A portion of the proceeds at Walery's Pizza were donated to Northwest Human Services' Youth and Family program.

NWHS volunteers bused tables and delivered dessert to the very well-fed customers.

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Salem-News.com (June 11, 2015 23:53)

Oregon Legislature Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

HB 3025 will help remove barriers to employment for people with past convictions and arrests

(SALEM, Ore.) - ban the box campaignThe Oregon Senate today passed HB 3025 by a vote of 21 to 8. The legislation will prohibit employers from including questions about applicants’ criminal history on job applications. HB 3025 now heads to the House for a concurrent vote and then to Governor Kate Brown for her signature.

"As Oregonians, we believe that anyone who makes a mistake and learns from it deserves a second chance," said Tom Chamberlain, President of Oregon AFL-CIO and member of Fair Chance For All.

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Salem-News.com (June 28, 2015 23:30)

Racing In Oregon: The Great Tracks of The Northwest

Oregon has a competitive spirit! Rev it up and find out for yourself...

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon Trail Rally When many people think of the great Northwest, car racing isn't typically high on the list. But Oregon just might change all that. It doesn't matter if you're looking to get loose on dirt or speed down asphalt, Oregon boasts some of the region's best tracks.

Race enthusiasts are starting to look to the region as a track-driving destination. Let's take a look at what it has to offer.

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Salem-News.com (June 29, 2015 11:38)

Obama Administration Removes Crucial Barrier to Marijuana Research

Big Win for Marijuana Reform Advocates but More Has to Be Done

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Ole Miss marijuanaIn a long-sought move anticipated by many marijuana reform advocates, the White House announced last week that it was removing a major obstacle to marijuana research – the Public Health Service (PHS) Review.

“This announcement shows that the White House is ready to move away from the war on medical marijuana, and enable the performance of legitimate and necessary research,” said Bill Piper, of Drug Policy Alliance.

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Salem-News.com (June 29, 2015 12:23)

Will We Learn From the Charleston Killings?

About 34% of all gun deaths in the U.S. (11,000+ in both 2010 and 2011) are classified as homicides.

(SAN FRANCISCO) - ObamaDylann Storm Roof, a 21-year old white supremacist, is accused of murdering nine worshippers at the historic Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C. President Obama called the shootings "senseless murders" and suggested more gun control is needed in the wake of the tragedy.

But in this violent nation of ours, there seems to be a disconnect between our Second Amendment "right to keep and bear arms" and the number of mass killings in this country.

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Salem-News.com (June 29, 2015 13:10)

As Fire Season Moves Forward, Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve Issues Public Use Restrictions

Prevent forest and wild fire!

(CAVE JUNCTION, Ore.) - Cave JunctionThe risk of wildfire is increasing across southwestern Oregon, due largely to the ongoing, persistent drought conditions, a lack of snowpack, and the unseasonably dry state of fuels such as grasses and small woody debris.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2015, There are NO campfires allowed in the Monument or Preserve.

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Salem-News.com (June 30, 2015 22:33)

Celebrating Larry LK Kirk - a True Cannabis Champion

The cannabis community mourns a man who has meant so much to the efforts being celebrated tonight with Oregon's legalization of marijuana.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Larry KirkThursday, June 18, the cannabis community lost a colorful and dedicated freedom fighter, photographer and Army veteran, Larry LK Kirk. Known globally simply as "LK", Larry traveled the country to bring awareness to the injustice, which is the drug war. He believed no one should go to jail for a plant.

A long-time Hemp News and High Times photojournalist, LK captured thousands of historic photos in his effort to document the path to legalization.

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Salem-News.com (July 02, 2015 13:47)

Men Are Getting the Sparkle They Deserve

Fashion dictates that it's okay for men to let go and show their inner bling!

(SALEM, Ore.) - John Brevard ringFor a long time, fashion and accessorizing has primarily been a woman’s world. Bracelets, necklaces, pins, brooches, hats, etc. They were all designed with feminine style in mind, while men’s accessories were mostly utilitarian in nature and meant to be as subtle as possible.

Those days are over, friends. These days, men are sporting as much bling (are we still calling it bling?) as their female friends and partners.

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Salem-News.com (July 06, 2015 16:25)Video

Music Calms the Savage Beast in Humanity

Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect and change the world through music

(SALEM, Ore.) - Playing for ChangeOn July 5th, in honor of The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary and final show, Playing For Change released a brand new Song Around The World covering The Grateful Dead’s 1970 classic, “Ripple.” The song features an eclectic cadre of legendary artists.

"Our friends at JamBase asked us to turn the Grateful Dead's 1970 classic, "Ripple" into a PFC Song Around the world as part of their "Songs Of Their Own" series and after many miles on planes, trains and automobiles we can finally share it with all of you!" the group shared on facebook.

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Salem-News.com (June 10, 2015 00:38)

Crohn's Disease Patient Shona Banda Speaks Out As Charges Loom

Shona's plight has drawn the attention of The Washington Post and a wide range of mainstream media outlets including ABC’s The View.

(GARDEN CITY, KS) - Shona BandaA press conference has been scheduled for June 15th regarding the case against Crohn’s disease patient Shona Banda. Five criminal charges are in the process of being filed against Banda as a result of the well publicized raid by Garden City Police in April.

Shona plans to voluntarily surrender herself to the authorities at the press conference. She is humbly requesting all supporters be there.

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Salem-News.com (May 31, 2015 15:48)

Distressed Swimmer Dies After Detroit Lake Rescue

Our deepest condolences to the young man's family, and friends.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Cody EllingsworthPolice say an 18-year old male was attempting to swim across the river with a group of friends. When the friends looked back they had lost sight of him, but quickly found him and helped pull him from the water. CPR was started immediately and he was eventually transported to an area hospital via Life Flight.

18-year old Cody Ellingsworth has been identified as the young man involved in yesterday's incident at Detroit Lake.

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Salem-News.com (May 31, 2015 16:11)

Two Wounded in Salem Drive-by Shooting

The second shooting in NE Salem in less than a week.

(SALEM, Ore.) - drive by shootingThe Salem Police Department responded to a drive-by shooting shortly after midnight Sunday morning in the 4300 block of Kale St NE. A 14-year old boy and his father, 34-year old Arturo Chacon, were both wounded in the incident. Both were transported by medics to the Salem Hospital.

The boy was subsequently transported to a Portland trauma center with a chest wound, but is now expected to make a full recovery.

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Salem-News.com (June 03, 2015 12:40)

OSP Continuing Death Investigation At Mongold State Park

A large portion of the park was closed during the investigation.

(MARION COUNTY, Ore.) - death investigationOSP Troopers and Detectives responded to Mongold State Park in eastern Marion County for a death investigation on Tuesday about 11:06 a.m.

According to OSP Criminal Investigations Sergeant Gregg Withers, a male identified as 62-year old Richard L Posekany JR, of Detroit, was found unconscious and unresponsive in a picnic area near the Mongold boat ramp. Medics responded and pronounced Mr. Posekany deceased.

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Salem-News.com (June 11, 2015 17:14)

Marijuana Victory in the Senate

This isn't over....until Prohibition of Marijuana/Cannabis is ended, once and for all.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Senator MikulskiLast week the U.S. House sent a resounding message to the DEA and DOJ to stop interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

Today, the U.S. Senate echoed that message. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to protect state medical marijuana laws 21-9, passing an amendment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

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Salem-News.com (May 29, 2015 18:27)

Salem Man Hospitalized After Shooting at Residence

The suspect is still at large. If you have any information regarding this shooting, call the tip line at 503-540-8079, you can remain anonymous

(SALEM, Ore.) - Surfwoods shootingA shooting took place on a street near Silverton and Brown Roads early this morning. Detectives were called to the 3000 block of Surfwood Drive NE on the report of an adult male who had been shot. Once they arrived they found the male who was transported to the Salem Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Deputies are attempting to locate a person of interest in the shooting: Hispanic, male, adult, 5'07" to 5'08", with tattoos on both forearms. He was dressed in a white tee shirt, white shoes and long gray shorts that hung over the knee.

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Salem-News.com (May 31, 2015 22:28)

Public's Help Sought to Locate a Wanted Domestic Assault Suspect

Pompa is on the run after allegedly abducting and hurting his girlfriend.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - David PompaThe Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help to locate 32-year-old David Santiago Pompa in connection with the abduction and assault of his girlfriend. The victim is now safe and is receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries.

Pompa was armed with a large knife and may be driving a dark green 1997 Acura TL 4-door. He is described as a male Hispanic, 5'4" tall, 130 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes.

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Salem-News.com (May 12, 2015 16:53)

Death Investigation of Inmate From Baker Jail County Reveals Drug O.D.

The inmate was pronounced deceased by medical staff at 6:32 p.m.

(BAKER CITY, Ore.) - Saturday afternoon, 28-year old Joshua Pantle, of Baker City was taken to the Baker County Jail after being arrested for Criminal Trespass In the Second Degree. He was placed in a holding cell pending the booking process.

Pantle showed signs of medical distress, and an ambulance arrived at the jail at 5:49. The ambulance carrying the patient arrived at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center at 6:07 p.m., where he was pronounced deceased.

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Salem-News.com (March 13, 2015 07:00)

Remembering Jason Hause, A Life Well Lived

JASON EARL HAUSE March 15, 1977 – March 1, 2015

(SALEM, Ore.) - Jason Earl Hause passed away on March 1st 2015 in Portland, Oregon, due to complications developed from serious injuries of a tragic motorcycle crash on Feb 27th in which he was cut off in traffic on the interstate by a careless driver. Jason was 37.

Anyone who ever met Jason will never forget him. He had a larger than life personality and a loud and infectious sense of humor, ever the prankster.

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Salem-News.com (January 25, 2015 23:48)

SWAT Stand-off with Suspect in Drive-by Shooting Ends in Arrest

OSP troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County

(LA PINE, Ore.) - Information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., Sunday morning, 9-1-1 call centers received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence, south of La Pine. Troopers learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Gary Davis, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously.

Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers tracked Davis to a residence in La Pine where he was staying with his girlfriend.

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