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Ashland Couple Defends Sale of "Cure All" Bleach

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February Newsbleach productKaris DelongLouis Daniel Smith
An Ashland couple indicted by the federal government says their sales of a bleach product as a cure-all for conditions ranging from ear aches to cancer was protected by the U.S. constitution because it was done through a private association. The government says such claims are misguided.Read More »

Jackson County Sheriff Winters Warns of Layoffs

Amid contract talks, Jackson County has given 66 law enforcement workers notice they'll lose their jobs in four weeks. Sheriff Mike Winters tells the Medford Mail Tribune some of those layoff notices could be rescinded if the county and the Sheriff's Employees Association agree on a contract. Winters says the cuts he foresees would eliminate around-the-clock patrols, and they woRead More »

Ashland City Council OK's Hospital Merger

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February NewsAsanteAshland Community Hospitalmerger
The Ashland City Council has given initial approval for the Rogue Valley hospital system Asante to take over the struggling local hospital. The city owns the Ashland Hospital facilities, but it's now operated as an independent nonprofit. Hospital leaders say it's at a disadvantage to larger hospitals and hurt by tight federal health care reimbursements.Read More »

Lithia Reports Good News on Corporate Earnings

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February NewsBusiness newsLithia Motors
Medford-based auto retailer Lithia Motors reported during their quarterly conference call that they experienced a 52 percent jump in earnings for the fourth quarter from $12.7 million to $19.3 million. Healthy increases in sales were seen in both new and used vehicles sales- 31 percent for new, and 20 percent for used, says company president Bryan DeBoer. Continued growth is expected for 2013.

Wednesday Is Deadline For Students' Shots To Be Up To Date

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th February NewsDHSschool immunization record
Wednesday is the deadline for Oregon parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date or they could be excluded from school.Read More »

Police Identify Man Shot At Portland Hospital

A man police killed at a Portland hospital has been identified as a 50-year-old with history of drug use and crime. The Multnomah County medical examiner's office said Tuesday the man was Merle M. Hatch. He was shot Sunday in the employee parking lot of Portland Adventist Medical Center.Read More »

Fatal Boat Accident Occurs Monday In the Rogue River

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th February Newsfatal boat accident
A boat capsized in the Rogue River yesterday, resulting in the death of 71-year old Geoffrey Lee Wood.Read More »

Police Seeking Gunman Shoot Suspect Near Hospital

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th February NewsPortland Adventist Medical Centershooting
Police say officers investigating reports of a gunman on the grounds of a southeast Portland hospital shot and killed a suspect in a confrontation. Spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says the shooting occurred after police responded to Portland Adventist Medical Center about 9:30 p.m.Read More »

Portland Sex Traffickers Will Spend More Time In Jail

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th February Newssex trafficking in Oregon
Sex traffickers in Portland are going to spend more time in prison because of a change in the justice system that is calling for much tougher sentences. The Oregonian reports that last year the average sentence for a pimp in Portland increased to 12 years.Read More »

Legislative Panel Approves Oregon Tuition Bill

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th February Newsillegal immgrantsPolitics
A bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon universities has cleared its first legislative hurdle.A House committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to a vote in the full House. Oregon requires university students to pay higher out-of-state tuition if they can't prove they are legally in the United States.Read More »

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