POT LAWSGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council unanimously approved a marijuana tax at Monday’s City Council meeting in anticipation of Measure 91 passing on the November Election.

The Council approved a 10 percent recreational marijuana tax and 5 percent for medical marijuana. The stipulation is after the election, the Council can adjust the medical tax to be the same as recreational.

Grants Pass City Councilor Mark Gatlin said the council may do this to discourage people who don’t necessarily need a medical marijuana card from getting them to avoid the cheaper tax.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


The cold front that came through Monday has pushed off to our east. Skies cleared overnight and this allowed for temperatures to drop this morning. More clouds have moved in and skies will remain partly cloudy today in all locations. Showers are likely throughout the morning at the coast and along the Cascades, tapering off this afternoon. Snow levels are around 6,000′ today and a few snow showers are possible near Crater Lake.

Elsewhere, Tuesday will feature dry weather. This will be a short term break to a very wet pattern that will begin Wednesday. Wednesday evening heavy rain will move in at the coast. This front is going to gradually travel south overnight, bringing wetting rains to West Side Valleys overnight. Periods of rain Thursday are likely region-wide. You’ll need to keep the rain jacket handy Friday because then another wave will bring widespread rain, heavy at times to the region.

Then, a cold front follows into Saturday bringing widespread rain and dropping our snow levels. Snow levels will be around 5,500′ by this time and some high elevation snow is possible. Winds are also going to stay breezy through much of the week.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

thomas duncan(CNN) — Relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan are free to move about their Texas community now that their quarantine has ended.

Family members drove away without answering questions on Monday.

Duncan’s fiancee, her children and other relatives were put in a mandatory isolation for 21 days after he was diagnosed with Ebola.

Duncan died in a Dallas Hospital earlier this month.

The relatives were just some of more than forty people cleared who were considered at risk for the virus.

TERRANCE CHAVERSMEDFORD, Ore.– Medford Police are searching for a man they said led them on a chase after a traffic stop. Police said 25-year-old Terrance Chavers was stopped just before midnight near Chestnit and 8th, Monday, in Medford.

They said Chavers had a warrant out for a DUII, but refused to get out of the car and fought with police. Police said he was able to pull away. The open door of the car injured another officer’s leg while he was pulling away. The officer is reported to be okay.

Travers eluded officers Southbound on the Interstate, reaching speeds up to 100mph. The maroon Denali Travers was driving was found abandoned on La Loma Drive, but Travers was gone.

Medford Police said if anyone was any information about his whereabouts, contact them.

 

CORVALLIS, Ore.–Oregon State’s Mike Riley, Sean Mannion, Jordan Villamin and Brent Brennan discussed the injuries plaguing the Beavers, the tough challenge that is Stanford’s defense as well as Villamin’s breakout performance against Utah.

Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley:

Oregon State Wide Receiver Jordan Villamin:

Oregon State Wide Receivers Coach Brent Brennan:

Oregon State Quarterback Sean Mannion:

 

Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost:

Oregon running back Gary Campbell:

Oregon center Hroniss Grasu:

Oregon offensive lineman Doug Brenner:

Oregon defensive tackle Arik Armstead:

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ASHLAND, Ore. — SOU suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, but the Raiders are still very much in contention for a postseason run, and a good reason for that is the improvement on defense. A team known for its offense is starting to turn heads on the other side of the ball. One of the defensive standouts this season is linebacker Alex Stork. Stork played high school football at Klamath Union. He then signed to play Division I football at the University of Idaho. After redshirting his first year, Stork wanted to be closer to home so friends and family could see him play, and in his first season in Ashland, Stork’s been on display. He’s fifth on the team in tackles and tied for second in sacks. A missed opportunity two years ago is now turning out just fine for SOU.

“Two years ago we recruited Alex Stork out of high school,” SOU head coach Craig Howard said, “and we didn’t do a very good job recruiting him I guess because he chose to go to Idaho, a chance to play Division I football and, boy, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
“It was a great experience, and I met some good people there and had a good experience, and I think I grew a little bit, too,” Stork said. “Being here has just been a great fit so far and I’m loving it. It’s so easy with the guys we have on the team and the coaching staff. They make it such a welcoming environment that it really wasn’t much of a problem making that transition.”

The Raiders are loving it too. Stork’s one of a number of D-I transfers, and there’s a process to incorporating those players into NAIA football.

“We’re keeping things simple,” SOU defensive coordinator Berk Brown said, “and with the amount of new faces that we do have on defense, keeping things simple lets them run around and make plays, and we know that the guys we’ve got can play with anyone in the country so allowing them to think less and do more is a big part of what we do.”
“I think the guys that have Division I talent, when they do come to Southern Oregon, they can add to our program,” Howard said, “and Alex is one of those kind of guys that has the ability to play at that level. We’re just glad he’s playing at our level.”

Indiana bodies found(CNN) — An Indiana man told police he “messed up” by killing a woman in Hammond, then came clean, leading them to several more bodies in nearby Gary, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said Monday.

Doughty stopped short of calling Darren Deon Vann a suspected serial killer, but left the possibility open if police are able to connect the convicted sex offender to any of the six women found in Gary over the weekend.

“If we directly attach him to it, we can make that assumption,” he said, adding that Vann’s statements lead authorities to believe there are “possible other victims.” Some cases may date back 20 years, based on what Vann has told police, the chief said.

Text messages would be Vann’s undoing, Doughty said.

Vann, 43, ordered a prostitute through the backpage.com site serving Chicago and arranged a Friday meeting at a Motel 6 in Hammond with Afrikka Hardy, 19, the chief said.

The person who arranged the meeting, whom Doughty described only as “a facilitator,” later texted Hardy and received “suspicious texts” she believed were from Vann, the chief said.

She and another person went to the motel to check on Hardy, according to a probable cause affidavit. They found her body in a bathtub.

Using a phone number provided by the facilitator, police electronically tracked Vann down, the chief said.

A search warrant obtained for the vehicle police believe Vann drove to the motel as well as his home yielded a number of items that connect him to the scene, according to the affidavit. The search turned up clothing similar to the clothing worn by a man captured on surveillance video leaving the motel room, the same brand of condoms found inside the room and a cell phone that matched the description of Hardy’s.

In addition, Vann was wearing a shirt with a missing button. A button was found inside the room where Hardy was killed. The police affidavit said the shirt Vann was wearing when police questioned him matches the button from the room.

Vann told police he “messed up” and expressed surprise that he was found so quickly, Doughty said.

“He admitted his involvement in the Hammond incident” and began leading police to other bodies in Gary, Doughty said, adding that at this point, Vann is charged in only Hardy’s death.

According to the affidavit, police found signs of a possible struggle in the motel room: a broken fingernail on the floor and the beds moved away from the headboards.

A former boyfriend of Hardy remembered her as a terrific person and friend. Michael Moore said they had dated in high school and continued to keep in touch.

“She was a really loving person. She was very funny, very outgoing. She always was pretty lively,” he said. “It’s crazy because, I mean, she was really — she was an amazing person.”

Seven women total

Police found three bodies at three abandoned houses in Gary early Sunday morning, and later that night were able to find three more bodies, one at a new location and two at one of the places where bodies were found earlier Sunday, Doughty said.

Hardy and three other women have been identified. Doughty and the Lake County Coroner’s Office identified two of the women as Teaira Batey, 28, and Christine Williams, 36. Earlier Monday, Chelsea Whittington, a spokeswoman for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, identified the other two as Hardy and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, who had been missing since October 8.

Only Jones had been reported missing, Doughty said.

The coroner’s office said Williams and Hardy were strangled to death. The coroner listed two of the Jane Does as homicides but didn’t elaborate on the cause of death. Doughty declined to say how the other five women died.

As for a motive, Doughty told reporters, “I don’t have a specific reason he does this.”

The Gary homes where the bodies were stashed were all within a 5-mile drive of each other.

Vann cooperated, gave police descriptions and accompanied officers to certain locations, the chief said.

Asked why Vann chose to cooperate, Doughty said he wanted to cut a deal with prosecutors but didn’t provide further details.

“It was just something he wanted to do. That’s all I can say,” he said.

A man living next door to where one of the bodies was found told CNN affiliate WSBT that he believes the crimes occurred recently.

“Somebody had to come in there like last week or something, because (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) and the water company were there turning off the power and stuff, so there was no one in there,” Justin Jones said.

The Indiana-born Vann is a convicted sex offender from Austin, Texas, police said. Records show he was arrested on unspecified charges while living in Cherry Point, North Carolina, in 1993.

He was convicted of aggravated rape in 2009 from a 2007 case, the Austin Police Department said in a statement. After serving five years in jail, he left for Indiana in June 2013, police said.

Vann is not a registered sex offender in Austin.

The police department there said detectives would be conducting a review of potentially related cases, asking anyone with information to contact its missing person and homicide cold case units.

Vann also had a conviction in Lake County, Indiana, that was “not in the sex offender category,” Freeman-Wilson said.

Court records show Vann was accused of breaking and entering and intimidation in 2004.

“He certainly was cooperative. He led (police) to the locations of these bodies. Whether he was eager or not, I’m not in a position to say that,” she said.

Several police agencies are now working the case, which could grow larger and expand to at least one other state, the mayor said.

Obama-Health-CareWashington (CNN) — A repeal of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is “not gonna happen” even if the GOP takes the Senate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said.

The Republican governor’s comments, in an interview with The Associated Press published Monday, are a major departure from the rest of his party — and stunning for a potential 2016 presidential contender.

“The opposition to it was really either political or ideological,” Kasich said of Obamacare. “I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.”

The governor later reversed course on Twitter, saying The Associated Press “got it wrong” and that he wants to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. A Kasich spokesman said the governor was referring solely to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion — not the entire law — and that his comments were reported out of context.

Kasich angered conservatives when he bypassed Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature and embraced Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion last year.

His comments reflect the political balancing act facing GOP governors who criticized the law but have implemented parts or all of it.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has sought a middle ground, arguing for a version of the Medicaid expansion that includes changes such as individual health savings accounts requiring personal contributions — a program initially crafted under his predecessor, Mitch Daniels.

Others Republican governors seen as prospective presidential candidates, like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, have been outspoken opponents of Obamacare, refusing to implement it and saying they’d like to see it repealed.

In states that have expanded Medicaid, Democratic Senate candidates like Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky have pressed their Republican opponents about what would happen to the hundreds of thousands of low-income residents who now have health coverage.

“We have over a half a million Kentuckians who for the first time ever are filling prescriptions, they’re going to the doctor, they’re getting checkups,” Grimes said in a recent debate with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. “I will not be a senator that rips that insurance from their hands.”

Medford, Ore.– In just about two weeks we will find out the results of the 2014, November Election. Incumbent John Kitzhaber is up against Representative Dennis Richardson for the governor’s seat. Both Candidates talked with Newswatch 12 about some of the key issues for the state including the botched health exchange and Southern Oregon’s economy.

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