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Oregon Health Insurance Signup Low By Comparison

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newshealth care enrollment
Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website. Officials said Friday about 40,000 Oregonians selected a plan for 2015 through HealthCare.gov. The figure covers the period through Dec. 14 - the day before a deadline to sign up for January coverage.Read More »

Jackson County Will Hold Off Enforcing GMO Ban

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December NewsGMOJackson County
Jackson County won't be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved. The Mail Tribune (vhttp://bit.ly/1wUiHVP) reports an agreement to that effect has been filed in federal court in Medford. The ban was to go into effect in June. The ballot measure was put up by organic farmers fearful thRead More »

ACCESS Gets Big Donation, Bids For Year-End Gifts

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newsaccess
At the same time that ACCESS is receiving a donation of 23,000 pounds of food from Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less markets, the food assistance organization is reminding everyone that hunger doesn’t end with the holidays.Read More »

Building Finished For new HHS Building in Medford

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December NewsHealth and Human Services
Jackson County is celebrating the completion of their new Department of Health and Human Services building at 140 South Holly Street in Medford. The move puts all county health-related services under one roof. The 98,000 square foot building and adjoining parking structure cost $36-million dollars to complete. DHS expects to serve approximately 750 people a day.Read More »

Small Earthquake Felt Near Salem

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newsearthquake
A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m.Read More »

Teen Admits Shooting Foster Father, Friend

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th December Newshunting camp shooting
A defense lawyer says a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in northeastern Oregon never meant to kill anyone. Katie Berger said Wednesday that the boy had the emotional maturity of a 9-year-old after years of abuse, foster care, and juvenile treatment, and shouldn't have been around loaded guns. The boy had told State Police hRead More »

Ex-Rite Aid Exec In Oregon Charged In $14.6 Million Scheme

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th December Newskick back schemeRite Aid
A former Rite Aid quality assurance executive in Oregon and a New Jersey businessman have agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with a nine-year, $14.6 million surplus inventory kickback scheme. Federal prosecutors Thursday charged Timothy Foster and businessman Jay Findling with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 65-year-old Foster with making false statements. They Read More »

Autopsy Shows No Obvious Cause of Death of Inmate

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th December NewsEdwin Burl Maysjail death
The autopsy on a Deschutes County Jail inmate who died hours after his arrest showed no obvious physical cause of death. KTVZ reports (http://bit.ly/1xkXNlC ) officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which take about a month. The 31-year-old transient, Edwin Burl Mays, was a passenger in a car that tried to flee police. He was arrested Sunday on charges oRead More »

Pesticide Blamed In Death of Crows In Portland

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th December Newscrowspesticides
A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/S2n6Sj ) that Brent Lawrence of the U.S.Read More »

Fugitive Shot By Police Sentenced

An Idaho fugitive shot and wounded by officers after a pursuit last March in southern Oregon has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. The Jackson County, Oregon, district attorney's office said Wednesday that 29-year-old Wayne Pearson pleaded no contest to multiple charges, including attempted assault, attempting to elude and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. District AttRead More »

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