Senator Jeff Merkley introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, the second bill introduction in a weeklong effort to highlight the need to protect consumers. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.

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A new biography on former state Senate icon Sid Snyder will be unveiled at launch events in Ilwaco and Olympia in February.  The book is entitled "Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder's Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government," written by Jeff Burlingame.

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Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that its annual "Ridership Appreciation Day" will be held on January 31, 2013. SETD sets aside one day every year and offers free bus service on all regular routes in Clatsop County as a gesture of appreciation to regular bus riders and the local community for their support throughout the past year. SETD encourages everyone to take advantage of this free service and Ride the Bus!

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January 25th  just after 5pm an off duty Lincoln City police officer observed the driver of a PT Cruiser in the Price N Pride parking lot who appeared intoxicated as the driver was observed erratically driving through the parking lot.

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The Oregon average for regular unleaded is slightly lower than the national average.  The Oregon average adds three cents this week to $3.35 a gallon, while the national average gains a nickel to $3.36.  It's the first time in 21 months that the Oregon average has been lower than the national average.

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A federal grand jury in Portland has returned an indictment against Shamont Sapp, 49, charging him with mail fraud in a five-year scheme involving false claims of
child sex abuse by Catholic priests in four dioceses.

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Beginning February 1, the manner in which firewood permits are issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Astoria District Office will change. The new program will allow for permits to be issued geographically by management basin instead of timber sale area as was done in the past.

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Rumors that an NBA team may soon return to Seattle are good news for an Olympia company that prints T-Shirts.

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event.  This program is Wildlife Center of the North Coast presented by some of the wildlife center's staff on Sunday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m.  This is part the weekend's nationwide Great Backyard Bird Count activities led by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is closed a mile-long section of the beach on the northwest end of the Long Beach Peninsula to keep razor clam diggers away from a beached crab boat, which is reportedly spilled diesel.  The vessel was the Genesis-A out of Warrenton.  WDFW is working with the Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies to free the 50-foot vessel, and hoped to remove it from the beach Saturday but did not.  The WDFW says they expect to have it removed within 3 to 4 days.

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High school seniors will want to mark their calendars for Senior Preview Day at Clatsop Community College (CCC). Each year, many graduating seniors begin their college experience at CCC.

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