sick boyFOXBORO, Mass. (CNN) — There was a big birthday-eve party on Thursday for little Danny Nickerson, who’s battling cancer.

The boy got more mail delivered to his hometown post office than all of Foxboro, Massachusetts combined.

Boxes and boxes full of birthday cards, all for the boy with the rare inoperable brain tumor who turns 6 on Friday.

His mom said he had just one item on his birthday wish list.

“When we said what do you want for your birthday, he said mail, I want mail. So he got mail,” said Carley Nickerson, Danny’s mom.

An army of friends and relatives have spent days shuttling the cards to his home.

Letters have been mailed from Aruba, Texas and even from a squadron of Marines from Afghanistan.

In all, there have been about 50,000 letters received so far, with much more mail on the way.

Pope Francis(CNN) — Pope Francis is planning his first trip to the United States.

According to the Catholic News Service, the pontiff will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput confirmed Thursday that the pope accepted his invitation saying, “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming.”

Pope Francis has received invitations from other cities as well, but this is the first one he has accepted.

11-8 gmo wheatMEDFORD, Ore. – The measure to require Oregon to label genetically modified products was approved for the November ballot on Wednesday. The Secretary of State’s Office said the near 119,000 signatures turned in for the initiative were validated. They said just over 87,000 were needed to qualify, and it only took campaigners six weeks to get them all.

If approved, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers would have to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The requirement would begin January of 2016. Similar efforts were voted on in the state of Washington and California, but they did not pass.

A group called Oregonians for Food and Shelter said it will launch a campaign in opposition soon. The executive director of the group, Scott Dahlman, said the proposal would mandate costly and misleading food labeling regulations in Oregon. He said growers will be required to track foods that end up in the state, which is expensive and hard to do since genetically engineered crops can’t be tested in its final product. Dahlman said the only way to know is to track it from the beginning, but this places a burden on everyone throughout the supply chain.

“The Center for Food Safety is committed to this issue because we believe that one of the great freedoms we have as Americans is the basic right to choose what foods we feed our families,” said Aurora Paulson from the Center for Food Safety and a co-petitioner for Measure 92.

This measure is the last that will qualify for the November Election.

The other six include:

  • Creating a top two primary voting system.
  • Amend the constitution to require equal rights among all.
  • Allow judges to join the National Guard or hold teacher positions
  • Create a special scholarship fund for low-income children
  • Allow immigrants to get drivers licenses
  • Legalize the sale and taxing of recreational marijuana.

Highway 99TALENT, Ore. — Oregon Department of Transportation planners are hoping to facilitate some big changes along Highway 99 in the next several years.

At an open house on Thursday, the public got a first look at some proposed improvements along the highway between North Ashland and South Medford.

One of those changes, and perhaps the most controversial, is making less-traveled stretches of the highway three lanes instead of four lanes with an added turn lane.

The areas that may see that change would be the strip between Talent and Phoenix, and Talent and North Ashland.

Some other proposed improvements are added or improved bike lanes, new sidewalks and wider traffic lanes.

Project managers hope to implement all the improvements in the next 20 years and it will cost about $20 million.

Bailey BranchCORVALLIS, Ore. — Benton County still needs your help deciding what to do with the Bailey Branch line.

The county purchased the old rail corridor in October for almost a half-million dollars. Eventually the county wants to restore rail service to the area, but in the meantime is trying to figure out what to do with it.

The right-of-way runs from south of Corvallis to Monroe, then heads west towards Hull-Oakes Lumber.

Some options include developing public trails, swapping the land with surrounding land owners to make it closer to a road, or selling or leasing the land.

The public has until August 8 to comment.

For more information, click here.



COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest following an investigation into a woman’s body found on the side of USFS Road 2212.

On July 9, 2014, deputies found the body of Heaven Raynell King, 36, of Sweet Home, about 35 miles southeast of Cottage Grove. Detectives and the Lane County medical examiner have been investigating the circumstances of King’s death.

The suspect will be arraigned in Lane County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Findings of a grand jury are confidential until a defendant is served in court.

This is a developing story, we’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

High pressure back builds from the central United States. Skies will continue to be sunny this weekend and next week. Temperatures will climb into the low to mid 90s inland and upper 60s along the coast.

Have a great Thursday!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

7-24 Benton Co. Car DiscoveredNEAR ALSEA, Ore. — An elderly man is safe after spending the night, trapped in his crashed car which was hidden about 90-feet off of Highway 34.

80-year-old Jon Culton of Waldport was reported missing Wednesday. He didn’t show up for his Corvallis doctor’s appointment. On his way, something happened.

His car ended up on its top, in a creek and down a 90-foot embankment.

A Benton County Deputy who was out searching for Culton on Thursday stopped his cruiser along a curve and got out.

“He spotted the vehicle, called down there,” said OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings. “He heard someone call back to him and realized he had found a man that had been missing.”

The deputy climbed down the embankment to help Culton. He was taken to the hospital with a chest injury, but it’s not life-threatening.

Investigators say he used the car’s floor mats to stay warm overnight.

EUGENE, Ore. — A show at the Lane County Fair is making a big splash.7-24 sea lion splash
The Sea Lion Splash show features four female sea lions and two instructors who have quite a playful relationship.
Tasty fish and the crowd’s laughter and cheers encouraged the sea lions who caught frisbees, waved and caught some air in the pool at their show Thursday.
The show hails from Florida.
Their instructor says it takes a lot of hard work and trust to put all of the shows together.
“If they don’t trust you they’re not going to work with you. So I’ve been with the company almost three years now and I spend all the time with them. I mean we sleep basically right next door. So in the middle of the night when they wake up I wake up, you know I go check on them,” said Beccy Hughes, instructor.
As the grand finale the sea lions formed a conga line and danced with their instructors.
All the sea lions who they work with are rescues.
Hughes says all the sea lions who they work with are rescues.
One of the sea lions in the show, Zoe, was beach stranded and some of the others were rescued from facilities that just couldn’t take care of them.

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