Earlier this month the U.S. Navy cancelled appearences scheduled for it's world famous precision flying team the Blue Angels which impacts both the annual Hillsboro Airshow and Seattle's Seafair.  The Navy said it was forced to make that decision because of cuts to the military budget.  Today the United States Coast Guard announced a similar move saying they will not be providing ships for the Portland Rose Festival Fleet or the Seattle Seafair.

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According to a news release from the Speaker's office this morning, the Oregon House took a step toward stable funding for public schools and other vital services on Wednesday as the House Revenue Committee passed  an amended version of HB 2456 reducing tax breaks for wealthy households and corporations.

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Oregonians strongly favor investing in higher education for their children and grandchildren, revealed a new College Confidence Survey. In fact, 79 percent of Oregonians surveyed in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties believe saving for college is important, ranking it among four priorities, along with retirement, basic living expenses and long-term health care.

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Pump prices continue to tumble.  The national average for regular unleaded drops six cents this week to $3.52, while the Oregon average loses two cents to $3.67.

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The Oregon Legislature is looking for ways to keep jail populations flat and curb projected growth in the number of State inmates but observers say getting enough votes to pass reforms in sentencing for measure 11 and measure 57 crimes faces an uphill battle due to it's political unpopularity.  That lack of public support was further reinforced Wednesday with the release of a new opinion survey by Crime Victims United.

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The Rotary Club of Seaside will present the third annual High Ethical Standards Award to a local business or organization and to an individual who demonstrates a strong commitment to practicing "High Ethical Standards and Public Values". This is a community-wide award, and all nominees are welcome.

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The Oregon Miilitary Department is planning to introduce wave energy technology in the waters off shore from Camp Rilea and that has crab fishermen concerned that the project will further limit harvest opportunties in the ocean area they say is prime grounds.  The Clatsop County Commission has scheduled a special work session for Thursday, April 18th at 1pm to hear more information from the military department and give stakeholders the opportunity to participate.

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The Washington State Patrol is investigating allegations that the former manager of the State Crime Lab in Cheney mishandled case files and claimed to have completed laboratory case work that was not actually done.

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As an Earth Day celebration, Tongue Point Job Corps Center (TPJCC) is hosting an open house and Green
Fest on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Coast Guard is warning mariners that severe and increased shoaling in the southeast portion of Cathlamet Channel near East Cathlamet, Wash,, from Little Island to Nassa Point is no longer safe to navigate, or mark with aids to navigation.

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Oregon's private employers had approximately 22,900 job vacancies during winter 2013, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department. During the same month there were 181,100 unemployed Oregonians, or roughly 8 unemployed people for each vacancy. The high ratio of unemployed to vacancies reflects the still-sluggish labor market, and the usual seasonal slowdown in hiring that occurs each winter.

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