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Salem-News.com (April 24, 2015 12:14)

Police Involved Shooting Puts Mission Lakes WalMart on Lockdown (UPDATE)

A man is barricaded in a motor home, shooting at police.

(SALEM, Ore.) - walmart lockdownSalem Police have the roads blocked leading to Turner Road where WalMart is under a complete lockdown at this time. Employees are inside, and no one is leaving.

Reports indicate that there is an active shooting incident under way near the entrance of Cascades Gateway Park, in WalMart's parking lot. A SWAT team has been activated and may have arrived by this time.

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Salem-News.com (April 24, 2015 15:12)

Missing Airplane Found Crashed on Mt Tom in Linn County

The crash site is in heavily wooded, rough terrain.

(LINN COUNTY, Ore.) - crashed planeSince learning of a missing airplane from the Creswell Airport on Wednesday, Search and Rescue members have been searching the Mt. Tom area due to the planes last known radar contact.

Today, at about 1 p.m. a helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard spotted a crashed plane. Upon relaying their coordinates to Linn County Search and Rescue ground support, SAR members found the airplane. One deceased body was found in the wreckage.

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Salem-News.com (April 20, 2015 01:28)Video

Light up! 4/20 is America's Cannabis Holiday

The Cannabis Community has a lot to ponder

(SALEM, Ore.) - Dr. Leveque and Jack HererOn this, the sacred holiday of all Cannabis advocates and enthusiasts, when you take that first toke of the day, there's something you should ask yourself, and that is: Do you appreciate those that came before you? Do you know your fellow true-hearted brothers and sisters out here?

Seriously folks, this is much more than getting high. Not to be a buzz kill, but please consider those on the front lines...

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Salem-News.com (April 19, 2015 00:03)

Fatal Head On Crash at Oregon's Sand Lake

Sand Lake is a very popular destination and continues to grow, making it ever more dangerous.

(CLOVERDALE, Ore.) - Sand Lake, OregonThe Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a fatal head on crash between two sandrail recreational vehicles at the top of the first bowl at Sand Lake.

There were reportedly no injuries in the first vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was found deceased on scene, and the front passenger was transported by Life Guard Helicopter to OHSU with life threating injuries.

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Salem-News.com (March 31, 2015 13:03)

Vietnam Veterans of America Joins in Lawsuit Against VA Secretary for Violating Rights of Disabled Vets

The new rules to file claims directly impact Disabled Veterans

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Vietnam Veterans memorialThe new rule eradicates the decades-old right of a veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA benefit and having the VA consider that letter as an informal claim.

The new rule changes require claims to be submitted on the VA’s standardized forms, which will impose barriers for all those without access to those forms, as well as those without the medical and legal knowledge needed to fill them out correctly.

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Salem-News.com (March 25, 2015 20:40)

Merkley Slams Republican Efforts to Roll Back Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform

Republicans push consumer protections....and Democrats push back.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Jeff MerkleyOregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN), slammed Senate Republicans’ budget push to roll back consumer protections and Wall Street reform at a press conference held in the Capitol today.

The Senate Budget that is being debated on the floor this week includes language to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and to roll back financial reforms.

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Salem-News.com (March 30, 2015 09:25)

5 Steps Women Should Consider Making to Take Control of their Financial Future

Some tips on gaining your financial "peace of mind"

(WESLEY CHAPEL, Florida) - financial freedomWhen it comes to women and money, there is some good news, says Lance Drucker, ChFC, CLU, a veteran financial professional.

On average, women are more independent and financially literate than ever before, he says. On the other hand, women are no more likely to make sound financial decisions today than two years ago – or even when the study began 10 years ago.

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Salem-News.com (March 30, 2015 10:44)

Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Rights at Risk with SB936

More growers or fewer patients? What's the strategy?

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.comSB 936 is a measure created to make things simpler. It seems that goal was lost from the beginning.

While sensible regulations and oversight of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is an honorable goal, SB 936 simply goes too far, costing too many patients their medicine and putting too much of a burden on medical providers.

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Salem-News.com (March 30, 2015 17:15)

The Healing Power of Meditation

Transcendental Meditation produces mental and physical rest that is twice as deep as in sleep.

(OLDENBURG, Germany) - beachI suffered a brain injury at birth. An EEG test showed chaotic, abnormal brain waves, and in school I had attention deficit disorder. I couldn't concentrate and my thoughts were cloudy. My grades were mediocre, and I flunked out of my first university.

Then I started Transcendental Meditation. My thoughts became clearer, and I didn't want drugs anymore. I could concentrate. And I could write.

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Salem-News.com (April 21, 2015 14:45)

2015 Ag Fest is Two Days of Great Fun for Families

A day at Ag Fest is one your kids will always remember!

(SALEM, Ore.) - Ag FestThe 2015 Oregon Ag Fest is this weekend in Salem. The 28th Annual agricultural adventure runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25 – 26, at the Oregon State Fair Grounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem.

Last year over 17,000 people attended Ag Fest. Many were given their first introduction to what agriculture means, and how it is important to each and every one of us.

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Salem-News.com (April 21, 2015 15:05)

Remembering Inmates on this Easter

Rah-e-Nijat Ministry is working with prisoners in Pakistan.

(ISLAMABAD) - Pakistani prisonI have been reporting from the country where extremist Sunnis, inspired by puritan Wahhabi teachings, and have been targeting educated and well off Christians.

Religious extremists have established that no other form of religion is welcome in Pakistan. Christians and Hindus are out of the question; these extremists are far from accepting even another sect of their own religion here.

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Salem-News.com (February 25, 2015 22:00)Video

Dr. Phil Leveque, WWII Hero & Cannabis Warrior Turns 92

Standing up for others has always been something "Doc" does best.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Dr Leveque & Bonnie King“I have been studying the medical use of marijuana since 1950 and I am very proud of the fact that I essentially introduced medical marijuana to the state of Oregon,” said Dr. Phil Leveque.

Now, with so many proactive changes going on throughout the United States in regard to rational marijuana laws, Dr. Leveque says he feels like people are finally catching up.

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Salem-News.com (March 05, 2015 18:15)

Oregon Caves Open for Spring Break

Located in the northern Siskiyou Mountains, the Oregon Caves are a wonder to behold.

(CAVE JUNCTION, Ore.) - Oregon CavesOregon Caves National Monument is gearing up for a memorable season of cave tours, school programs, children’s activities, and unexpected adventures.

Cave tours will resume on Saturday, March 21st, so bring the family and enjoy traversing through the narrow, winding passageways that make a trip to the Oregon Caves so awesome!

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Salem-News.com (March 05, 2015 17:24)

Harrison Ford Battered, but OK After Plane Crash

His classic aircraft had engine failure and he crashed on a golf course.

(VENICE, Calif.) - Harrison Ford plane crashHarrison Ford, American iconic actor, crashed his plane on a golf course near the Santa Monica airport this afternoon.

He radioed the tower and told them his engine had failed and he was headed back in immediately. They told him to land on one strip, too far for him to make and he said he'd have to take another. He didn't make it that far.

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Salem-News.com (February 16, 2015 20:08)

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Announce Bill Introduced in House of Representatives

"Agent Orange is persistent over time at a high toxicity rate, and it was capable of contaminating individuals who handled equipment that had been exposed." ~Institute of Medicine

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Blue Water Navy Vietnam VeteransNew York Congressman Chris Gibson (NY) reintroduced our bill in the House of Representatives on Friday, Feb 13th, along with 130 original House sponsors. Co-sponsors are continuing to be added to that overwhelming bipartisan support.

On the Senate side, we have Sen. Gillibrand (NY) ready to introduce an identical Senate legislation. However, she is waiting for a Republican Senator to step out with her so there will be an initial bipartisan support.

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Salem-News.com (February 24, 2015 06:49)

Marijuana Legalization Takes Effect in Alaska TODAY

Law Enforcement Anticipates Public Safety Improvements

(ALASKA) - marijuanaLast November, Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2, a law to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults, passed with 52% of the vote.

When the measure takes effect today, people age 21 and older will legally be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate no more than six plants at home. Colorado, Oregon and Washington have also legalized marijuana, and medical marijuana is permitted in 23 states and Washington D.C.

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Salem-News.com (February 24, 2015 14:12)

Car Crashes into Hagan Hamilton Building

A shocking sight indeed!

(McMinnville, Ore.) - Hagan Hamilton crashA car crashed into the Hagan Hamilton Insurance building in McMinnville on Monday night.

During the investigation it was determined that the vehicle drove through the concrete barriers that were installed to protect the building, at a high rate of speed, after the driver was unable to negotiate a bend in the road.

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Salem-News.com (February 24, 2015 20:39)

Salem Plaid Pantry Robbed Monday Night, MCSO Seeks Information

$1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect

(SALEM, Ore.) - robbery tip lineOn Monday the 23rd at about 1:00 a.m., a male, portraying to have a weapon in his pocket, entered the Plaid Pantry, located at 4617 Silverton Road NE and demanded cash.

The male is described as mixed race, approximately 6'3" tall, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue hooded jacket, dark colored pants and dark colored shoes.

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Salem-News.com (February 24, 2015 21:41)

Federal Officials Close Investigation into Death of Trayvon Martin

“Our decision not to pursue federal charges does not condone the shooting...”

(WASHINGTON, DC) - George ZimmermanThe Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy. It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Salem-News.com (February 25, 2015 16:32)Video

From a Pile of Rubble to a Dance Center thru Crowdfunding

"We want to replace the piles of rubble, full of death, with a dance academy full of life." ~ Shaark Cb Crew

(GAZA STRIP, Palestine) - Shaark cb crewWe are a group of youths who live in various refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. We are united by art, peace and love. In 2003, we established a dance team and historical art movement for the community of Gaza, and started performing and spreading the art of dance around the Strip.

After the 2009 war, we found our rented dance studio bombed and demolished. But we did not to give up on our dancing.

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Salem-News.com (March 04, 2015 14:50)

Reverse the Concert Cancellation of the Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ― Victor Hugo

(LONDON) - Jazz was born as an art form for social commitment through improvisation as a way to express freedom.

If a jazz artist is not able to be free in their expression, then the freedom for everyone is at risk. Silencing an artist is complicit in censorship.

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Salem-News.com (March 06, 2015 19:22)

Child Abuser Michael Abo Sentenced 7.5 Years in Oregon Prison

This case has saddened much of Yamhill County.

(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - Michael Abo pleaded Guilty on Wednesday. He is guilty of beating a 4-year old boy nearly to death on New Year’s Eve 2013. The abuse caused permanent, life-altering damage to his girlfriend’s young son, which he admits to.

This week, he was sentenced 7.5 years for his crime. Some say, not nearly long enough.

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Salem-News.com (March 07, 2015 19:19)

Pakistan: Lift the Travel Ban Against Abdul Qadeer Baloch

Human Rights Ambassador William Gomes asks to immediately and unconditionally lift the travel ban

(LONDON) - I would like to draw your attention to the following case.
On 4 March 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, was informed of a travel ban imposed against him.

The human rights defender was attempting to travel to a human rights seminar in the United States with other relatives of persons forcibly disappeared in Balochistan.

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