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Salem-News.com (July 24, 2015 22:42)

President Obama (Please) Support African Civil Society in Visit to Sub-Saharan Africa

A plea to the President to affirm solidarity for African pro-democracy and human rights activists

(LONDON) - President Barack ObamaDear Mr. President:

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist. I welcome your decision to visit sub-Saharan Africa once again, and we applaud your support for African human rights defenders through your Stand with Civil Society initiative.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held last year demonstrated your commitment to engage constructively with leaders on a number of key economic, political and security issues.

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Salem-News.com (July 24, 2015 15:35)Video

FBI Launches Campaign Against Economic Espionage

As part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the growing economic espionage threat, the FBI has released a short video, "The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets", based on an actual case.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - FBI contactIndustries in the United States spend more on research and development than any other country in the world. The amount of effort and resources put into developing a unique product or process that can provide an edge in the business world is not unsubstantial.

But what happens if someone comes in and steals that edge—a company’s trade secrets—for the benefit of a foreign country?

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Salem-News.com (July 20, 2015 19:44)

To: Canada -- Should Lynn R. Webster, MD be serving on your prescription opioid advisory panel?

Lynn R. Webster, MD is banned from prescribing painkillers and from working at any pain clinic in the U.S.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Dr. Lynn WebsterAn organization in Canada called "Get Prescription Drugs Off the Street" aka GPDOTS.com (website www.GPDOTS.com) headed by Amy Graves recently wrote a letter to the Canadian Minister of Health. A copy of their letter is a part of this article.

GPDOTS has justifiable concern as they reference "Pharmaceutical marketing and their conflicts of interest in Canada."

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Salem-News.com (July 21, 2015 21:56)

Merkley Statement on Failed Transportation Vote

Oregon's Senator explains why the "NO" vote was necessary.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senator Jeff MerkleyOregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after he and a bipartisan majority of Senators voted against an attempt to bring a 1,000 page transportation bill to the floor less than an hour after it had been released:

"After months of stalling on putting forward a solution to a looming transportation crisis, it’s unacceptable to suddenly force a vote on 1,000 page legislation with no time for Senators to read the bill..."

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Salem-News.com (July 22, 2015 13:30)

Thailand Must End Harassment of Researchers and Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defender reaches out to the Prime Minister of Thailand for help in correcting wrongdoings.

(LONDON) - General Prayut Chan-o-chaI am writing to express our deep concern regarding the ongoing judicial and other harassment of human rights defenders, including journalists and researchers who report on human trafficking, or otherwise bring to light violations of labour and migrants' rights, and the lack of accountability for labour rights violations in Thailand.

A case in point is the upcoming final preliminary hearing on 20th July in a criminal defamation and computer crimes case, brought by Natural Fruit against researcher Andy Hall.

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Salem-News.com (July 22, 2015 14:25)

Nuclear Agreement with Iran is Good for the U.S.

What was really at stake in these negotiations was international trade and U.S. prestige.

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Barack ObamaOn July 14th, the U.S., China, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia reached an agreement with Iran to "to limit Tehran’s nuclear ability in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions."

In reality, the negotiations were less about curbing nuclear proliferation and more about international trade and U.S. prestige. On balance, this Iran nuclear agreement is realistic, pragmatic and, on balance, good for the U.S.

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Salem-News.com (July 24, 2015 15:02)Video

Bat Found in Marion County Tests Positive for Rabies

Be suspicious of bats that approach people. See VIDEO below.

(SALEM, Ore.) - bat researchMarion County health officials are reporting that a bat found inside a home tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, July 20, 2015. The test was conducted by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

This is the fifth bat in Oregon to test positive for rabies in 2015, and the first in Marion County. Last year, eleven bats and three foxes tested positive for rabies throughout Oregon, but none in Marion County. The last time a bat found in Marion County tested positive for rabies was June 2012.

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Salem-News.com (July 19, 2015 00:55)

Polk County Deputy Saved From Burning Car

The Deputy and the driver of the other vehicle were injured during the crash

(DALLAS, Ore. ) - Polk county deputyDeputy Shon Latty was responding to assist an Independence Police Officer who had called over the radio for help as the Officer was actively fighting with someone. While heading to the call, Deputy Latty was leaving the city of Dallas on Monmouth Cutofff Rd with his lights and siren going.

At about 12:07 p.m. Deputy Latty was approaching Godsey Rd when Deputy Latty's vehicle collided with another vehicle.

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Salem-News.com (July 19, 2015 21:59)

Newberg City Manager Put on Leave After She Put Police Chief on Leave

Serious questions are swarming after the manager put the Chief of Police on leave without notice.

(NEWBERG, Ore.) - Betz CaseyJacque Betz is the City Manager for Newberg, Oregon, a town of less than 25,000 people situated about 30 miles south of Portland.

For reasons unknown, Ms. Betz placed Chief of Police, Brian Casey, on paid administrative leave last week. Casey's gun, badge and identification were taken from him and he was banned from city property.

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Salem-News.com (July 17, 2015 22:59)

Details Released in Carlton Double-Fatal Crash Investigation

Investigation of this tragic accident continues.

(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - car crashThe July 8th double fatal two-car crash that occurred at the intersection of Meadowlake Road and Westside Road in rural Carlton remains under investigation by the Multi Agency Traffic Team.

The investigation to this point indicates the following:

Jacob Ryan Coshow and Shantel Louise Fugere, each 20 years of age, were in a 1996 Mazda Miata that was travelling east on Meadowlake Road...

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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 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 (July 17, 2015 23:07)

Good guy Wins $71,527 Keno 8-spot in Oregon

Just when you least expect it....it can happen to you!

(SALEM, Ore.) - Paul Krutsch"They said as good as I am to my kids, I was sure to win the big one at some point," he said. "That's when my numbers started popping up on the Keno monitor, one right after another. It was amazing."

Sure enough, after this conversation Krutsch won the Keno 8-Spot rolling jackpot prize of $71,527.70 while playing with his friends at the McMinnville American Legion.

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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 (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 (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 (July 14, 2015 13:40)

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Rises in June, Job Growth Continues

Three out of every five Oregonians, 16 years and over, are working or looking for work...the lowest participation rate since comparable records began in 1976.

(SALEM, Ore.) - arrow upOregon's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in June, a slight increase from May's rate of 5.3 percent.

The increase was not a surprise because one characteristic of Oregon's labor market following the Great Recession has been small increases in the unemployment rate during the summer months.

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Salem-News.com (July 14, 2015 15:54)

Bomb Squad Retrieves Old Military Ordnance Found in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

According to bomb techs, the explosive was very old but still potentially dangerous.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - An unexploded military ordnance was discovered by kids in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge the morning of July 14th.

Officers responded to the home and learned that the explosive, approximately 12" in length, was carried from Oaks Bottom to the home, where the reporting party called police.

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Salem-News.com (July 14, 2015 16:18)

Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The powerhouse was designed by Ellis Lawrence, founder of the UO school of architecture.

(LANE COUNTY, Ore.) - The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District in Lane County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project was put into service in January 1930 and continues to generate electric power as part of the Eugene Water & Electric Board system, a municipally owned utility located in Lane County, Oregon.

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Salem-News.com (July 14, 2015 15:08)

MCSO Cold Case Squad Seeks Public's Help with Homicide Investigation From 1986

Help solve a murder nearly 29 years old....if you can.

(SALEM, Ore.) - The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Cold Case Squad, is requesting the public's help in identifying a Hispanic male, whose decomposing body was found by fishermen in the area of Horseshoe Lake, near St. Paul, Oregon on October 25, 1986. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that this death was a homicide.

The victim is believed to have been young, perhaps 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5' 4" tall with a slender to medium build.

Most importantly, the victim possessed numerous distinctive tattoos...

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