Oregon Police Search for Murder Suspect

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.– Oregon State Police are actively searching for a murder suspect in a wooded area of Josephine County Wednesday. OSP said Daniel Martinson has a felony warrant out for a murder in Cave Junction last November. They said they believe he stabbed Arron Clouser in the back several times and left him to … Continue reading »

Man Wants California Split into 6 States

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNN) — A California man is leading an effort to split California into six separate states. Tim Draper submitted 44,000 signatures Tuesday to have the measure placed on a ballot. Draper says the state is too large and too diverse to have one government. His vision is for California to be six states … Continue reading »

California Okays Fines for Wasting Water

(CNN) — California is cracking down on water wasters during the severe drought. Lawmakers approved a new set of emergency rules Tuesday. Anyone repeatedly caught wasting water on landscaping, car washing, hosing down sidewalks could face fines of up to $500 a day. Local law enforcement will enforce the fines. Water used tied to public … Continue reading »

Comcast Customer Call Goes Viral

SAN FRANCISCO — “We’d like to disconnect please,” said Comcast customer Ryan Block over the phone. “Okay. So why is it you don’t want the faster speed?” said a Comcast employee. All Ryan Block wanted was to cancel his Comcast Internet and cable subscription. But the Comcast guy wasn’t going to have it. “I’m just … Continue reading »

67 Giant Snails Seized at LAX

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted some interesting cargo at LAX–67 live snails! The snails arrived from Nigeria, bound for San Dimas, California. Accompanying paperwork indicated they were for human consumption. However, a team of entomologists identified them as Giant African Snails, an extremely invasive species. They’re one of the world’s largest … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Hike Approved in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Supporters of a minimum wage hike in San Diego packed city hall Monday night. Council members bypassed the voters and approved minimum wage increase starting at $9.75 next year to $11.50 by 2017 including five earned sick days. “Not making enough money working both jobs, I’m struggling and I have to live … Continue reading »

Vietnam Memorial Replica Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. – A group of local veterans and lawmakers is trying to make Medford the first city on the West Coast to build a replica Vietnam Memorial. Representative Sal Esquivel, Medford City Councilor Eli Matthews, and Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit President Russ McBride have started fundraising for the wall. On Saturday, the group gathered … Continue reading »

Pesky Insect Damages Local Fruit

TALENT, Ore. — A fruit pest is more prevalent this year in the Rogue Valley. The spotted wing drosophila is a tiny bug.  It damages fruit by injecting eggs under the peeling of ripened fruit.  When the eggs hatch, maggots appear. The infected fruit is hard to detect at first. It starts as a pin … Continue reading »

Fire Burns Timber, Threatens Homes

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Around 2 p.m. today, a wildfire broke out in the Moccasin Hills subdivision north of Sprague River, Oregon. Currently, the fire is reported to be around 75 acres burning on private land in heavy timber and brush and threatening structures. The following interagency resources are presently assigned to this incident: 19 engines, … Continue reading »

Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study showed that … Continue reading »

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