2048px-ebola_virus_virionPORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority is holding a news conference at 3:00 P.M. about a person in the state who has been under monitoring for Ebola virus.

According to officials, the individual has been isolated, and is no danger to the public.

Check back here for the latest.

ASHLAND HOMELESS PLANMEDFORD, Ore. — New studies from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development show Oregon’s homeless population is dwindling. According to the department, homeless populations in the state have dropped 12% in the past year and more than 30% in the past 7 years.

But housing and support agencies here say those numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Jason Bull with Medford’s Gospel Mission says HUD uses a broad definition of homelessness, and in fact the number of people actually living on the streets who they serve is just as high as ever.

More children are also being served in local forms for at risk youth. Hearts with a Mission went from housing 80 kids in 2010 to 127 in 2013.

Find out why those living in homelessness say the problem won’t go away until more people are willing to seek help for themselves — tonight on Newswatch 12 at 5 and 6.

Missing Autistic Child[UPDATE 2:01 P.M.] Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Office says the missing 19-year-old female with Downs Syndrome has been found. The sheriff’s office thanks the public for their help.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police are looking for a missing 19 year-old female with Down’s Syndrome.

She was last seen in the 38500 block of Redwood Hwy. near O’Brien at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue are en route.  If you have any information on this missing child call 911 to speak to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

JakeFORT COLLINS, Colo. — Many people are calling a Fort Collins man “Dad of the Year” for his very unique costume ideas. His son, 6-year-old Jake Schell has cerebral palsy and the epilepsy. When he was younger, his parents could carry him from door to door.

Now in his wheelchair, they are getting creative with elaborate costume constructions of pirate ships, tanks, and a fire engine. Jake’s dad says it all started with a bunch of cardboard, spray paint and duct tape. Now Jake’s costumes could easily win contests.

Jake’s Mother, Misty Gregory, says, “For once instead of Jake looking out going ‘Oh I wish I could be out wandering around like these kids’ they’re kind of like, ‘man I wish I could be in that wheelchair.’”

Jake’s stepdad says he got inspiration for the costumes online, but they’re mostly his creations. He says it’s a great way to get the family together to work on a project.

 ss2aCNN – Virgin Galactic’s “SpaceShipTwo” was destroyed after experiencing “an in-flight anomaly” during a test flight today. The company mae the announcement on Twitter.

California Highway Patrol confirmed one person was killed in the crash and another was seriously hurt.

Virgin Galactic has planned for years to use “SpaceShipTwo” to transport paying passengers to outer space and let them experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.

The company said today’s test flight began in Mojave, California.

 

parachutistST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A daredevil parachutist, got stuck in a radio tower. Firefighters say he climbed the tower to try to jump off of it, but things didn’t go as planned.

Firefighters couldn’t get him down for about two hours. However, once they did get him on the ground, he got a round of applause from people watching the whole ordeal.

He did go to the hospital to get checked out, but was later in trouble with police.

Rocket ExplosionCNN — The rocket that exploded just seconds after launch Tuesday night was apparently ordered to self-destruct. That’s according to Orbital Sciences Corp., which made the device.

When it became clear there was a problem with the launch, a company spokesman says the flight termination button was hit to make sure the rocket didn’t land in a populated area. The blast scattered debris over a large area.

The cargo module was carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments bound for the international space station.

Wichita AirportWICHITA, Kan. — FAA investigators have been on the scene where a plane crashed and killed four people. The investigators say the twin-engine plane lost one of its engines on takeoff.

Four other people are still missing, and five others are injured. Investigators say the plane crashed into a building across the street from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, trapping hundreds of travelers inside.

So far, the building is too unsafe for officials to begin searching for recovery of remains.

Studded Tire Season EndsSALEM, Ore. — People are already feeling winter temperatures in some regions. Tomorrow, drivers will be allowed to drive with studded tires in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says studs are allowed from Nov. 1st through March 31st. Some transportation officials say it’s best to use all-weather tires or chains when it snows, instead of studded tires, because studded tires can damage highways and bridge decks.

Salvation Army Ringing In The SeasonMEDFORD, Ore. — The Salvation Army continues to conduct interviews for Christmas bell ringer positions through Thursday, Nov. 6. Interviews will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 through 6th at the Salvation Army’s Church Office located at 304 Beatty St. in Medford. No appointments are necessary.

Bell ringing begins Monday, Nov. 17 at limited locations and will conclude on Christmas Eve.

Applicants must be able to provide the name, address and daytime phone number for two references. In addition, individuals must be able to pass a criminal background check in order to be employed by The Salvation Army.

For more information, call 541-773-6965.

 

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