Motorists caught talking on their cell phones or texting while driving would face stiffer fines — up to $1,000 — under a bill that is being considered in the Oregon Legislature.

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A combination of higher crude prices, refinery shut downs and speculation have sent gas prices soaring earlier than usual this winter, but the rate of increase has slowed down a bit this week.  The national average for regular unleaded jumps seven cents this week, compared to a 17-cent spike last week, to $3.60.  For the third week in a row, Oregon's average remains below the national average, adding six cents this week, compared to a 16.5-cent jump last week, to $3.57.

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On February 12, 2013 the Merrytime Tavern reported sometime during the night they had received two counterfeit fifty dollar bills.  Because of the realistic appearance the bills were accepted.  It was not discovered that they were counterfeit until the next morning.  No suspects were identified.

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State boat inspectors trying to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of Oregon have gone to work earlier this year. The station along Interstate 5 at Ashland has begun checking boat hulls and bilges for non-native species hitchhiking into the state.

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Clatsop Community College regularly offers classes on handgun safety through its Workforce Training and Continuing Education Program. Participants learn handgun safety and receive the training necessary to apply for a concealed weapon permit.

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Positions on the boards of more than three dozen service districts around Clatsop County are up for election on the May 21, 2013 ballot. The filing period for the election opens Feb. 9 and continues through March 21.

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Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next public event in the Ales & Ideas lecture series featuring free multimedia presentations by members of the CCC faculty and staff.  CCC Painting, Drawing and Design Instructor Kristin Shauck will present Creativity: The Mystery of the Muse, Thursday, February 28th, at 7:00pm in the Fort George Lovell Showroom.

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Oregon State Police arrested a 38 year old man for DUII  and drug possession after he crashed his car on Highway 26 and abandoned the vehicle.

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Early Thursday morning at 4:08 a.m., Astoria dispatch received a 911 call from a man claiming to have shot his mother. Clatsop County Deputies responded to a residence on Norland McCoy Road just off Hwy 202. Upon arrival, the 3 deputies were met by 26 year old Brian Mathew Hall  outside the residence who was taken into custody without incident.

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Secretary of State Kate Brown is warning Oregon companies to be on the alert for a mailing that deceptively looks like it is from the Oregon Corporation Division.

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Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro), Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany/Corvallis) and
Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) have introduced legislation to safeguard the privacy of individuals on
social networking sites from the prying eyes of employers.

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