Category Archives: KATU

Oregonians can now save for college by returning cans and bottles

The Oregon College Savings Plan is partnering with BottleDrop, allowing Oregonians to return their bottles and cans and invest in their future. Starting Tuesday, on National Recycling Day, the program will allow Oregon residents to transfer funds from their Bottle Drop account to an Oregon College Savings Plan account. “Our collaboration with BottleDrop offers Oregonians […]
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Research underway on prehistoric bones from Prineville site

Researchers at Eastern Oregon University are analyzing prehistoric bones that were unearthed in a gravel pit near Prineville by an employee of a company that mines for construction materials such as rock and sand. The tusk, cranium and other bones likely belonged to a prehistoric mammoth or mastodon, The Bulletin reported on Friday, but it’s […]
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Oregon’s infamous whale explosion occurred on this day 49 years ago

It was the whale explosion seen ‘round the world. Today, November 12, 2019, marks the 49th anniversary of KATU’s infamous whale explosion. When a 45-foot, 8-ton whale washed ashore on a beach near Florence in November 1970, the Department of Transportation had a stinky situation on its hands. They had to figure out what to […]
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FBI: Cybercrimes on the rise in Oregon because of sophisticated scams

On Dec. 14, 2018, Aaron Cole was about to buy a new house and received an email that he thought was from his title company, directing him to make a $123,000 deposit. Cole complied, not realizing that a sophisticated hacker network had likely been spying on his communications with the title company and that although […]
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Washington asks retailers to stop selling vaping products with Vitamin E acetate

Health officials in Washington state issued a request Friday to cannabis processors to not add Vitamin E acetate to vaping products and to retailers to stop selling the products if they contain the chemical. The request came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the chemical could be what’s causing vaping-related illnesses. Source: […]
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown leading trade delegation to Asia

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is on the road for the next two weeks. She’s leading a trade delegation to Japan and South Korea. According to information provided by Business Oregon, the group includes representatives from the state including the Department of Agriculture, Travel Oregon and the Port of Portland. Additionally, the mayor […]
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Oregon’s vaping illnesses rise to 17 cases with two dead

PORTLAND, Ore. – Health officials confirmed three more vaping-related lung illnesses in Oregon, bringing the state’s total to 17 total cases, with two of them resulting in death. The Oregon Health Authority said that some of the cases involve children under 18 years old. Some of those who were hospitalized vaped cannabis or nicotine only, […]
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You’re still paying for a failed company lured by city and state incentives

In 2012, SoloPower opened the doors to its North Portland manufacturing facility with the promise of jobs for a city coming out of recession. The company is gone, but the public is still paying for it. How much? The City of Portland is writing a $119,000 check every month through next October. Multnomah County just […]
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‘The public is finally getting to know the truth’ about breath tests, local lawyer says

Each year in Oregon there are thousands of DUII arrests. But what if some of those drivers weren’t actually drunk? According to a new investigation by the New York Times, it’s possible. “Hallelujah. Now the public is finally getting to know the truth,” Defense lawyer John Henry Hingson said. Hingson is a defense attorney in […]
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Wind, dry conditions fuel nearly 2 dozen fires burning in Western Oregon

Dry and windy conditions have fueled nearly two dozen fires across the Willamette Valley, posing a challenge for firefighters across the region. The Oregon Department of Forestry reports it’s seen 22 fires in the last 24 hours. Source: Wind, dry conditions fuel nearly 2 dozen fires burning in Western Oregon | KATU