Charity Founder Conviction Overturned

ASHLAND, Ore. — The man who founded the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ashland will be given a new trial. Today, a federal appeals court overturned the 2010 conviction on charges Pete Seda smuggled money out of the country to help Chechen rebels fight Russian forces. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals in San … Continue reading »

Governor Receives Letter on Timber Money

SALEM, Ore. — At a time when more than a billion dollars has already been spent fighting wildfires this summer, fire prevention efforts are being cut. A letter outlining timber payment reductions hit the Governor’s desk this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Thomas Tidwell sent Governor Kitzhaber a letter explaining the sequestration will … Continue reading »

Oregon Governor Signs in New Laws

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s governor has signed off on 66 pieces of legislation. This brings the total number of bills signed by the governor in the 2013 session to 787. One of the most-watched is House Bill 3460, which basically creates medical marijuana dispensaries. Effective immediately, the law tasks the Oregon Health Authority with establishing … Continue reading »

President Obama Holds Press Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, President Obama held his first formal White House news conference in over three months. Up first, he talked about Edward Snowden’s admitted leaks of classified NSA documents. “Given the history of abuse by governments, it is right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of … Continue reading »

Gay Marriage Petition Push Begins

ASHLAND, Ore. — More than one hundred thousand signatures are needed before the legalization of same sex marriage can be put on the November 2014 ballot. On Friday, the collection of signatures began. One month ago, the United States Supreme Court made their ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act which sent supporters of same … Continue reading »

Merkley Sponsors Anti-Bias Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Momentum is building for a bill that one of Oregon’s U.S. Senators is backing. Senator Jeff Merkley is co-sponsoring a bill to make workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation illegal. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries says Portland has had a few reports of that kind of discrimination, but … Continue reading »

NSA Leaker Comes Forward

(CNN) — A 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor leaked details of a top-secret American program that collects vast streams of phone and Internet data, American and British newspapers revealed Sunday. “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done … Continue reading »

SCOTUS Rules on DNA Swab after Arrest

(CNN) — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police can collect DNA from criminal suspects without first getting a warrant. The vote was a very close 5 to 4. The ruling involved a Maryland case where a man was convicted of rape based on a DNA sample taken during an arrest on an unrelated … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Levy Fails

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the second time, a tax measure to restore public safety in Josephine County failed to win voter approval. The unofficial results show 49 percent voted yes and 51 percent voted no. Around 400 votes separate the two sides as of 9:50 p.m. Measure 17-49 proposed a property tax of $1.48 … Continue reading »

Medford School Board Elections

MEDFORD, Ore. — Candidates were vying for three positions on the Medford School Board for the Special Election. Initial results show Larry Nicholson leading for Position 1, and incumbents Jeff Thomas and Tricia Prendergast leading for Positions 2 and 3. Medford’s superintendent, Phil Long, says the elections show the community is still invested in the … Continue reading »

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