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State economists expect Oregon to collect slightly more money in the near term than they forecast three months ago.  Experts released the quarterly revenue forecast to state lawmakers on Tuesday. The latest forecast projects a slight uptick in revenue during the last six months of the current budget cycle, averting the need for major budget cuts immediately.

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On November 16th, deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff's Office arrested a male subject identified as Jonathan R. Church, age 40, of Ocean Park for suspicion of 11 counts of Rape of a Child in the Third degree.

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Residents in Washington and Oregon are bracing for more wet weather after a fierce pre-Thanksgiving storm.  Near Seaside, Ore., a large tree fell on a fire truck, severely damaging it, but no one was hurt. Near Naselle, Wash., a mudslide hit a patrol car and another vehicle, which caught fire, but both the officer and the driver of the other car were able to escape. The driver had a minor injury.

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As the winter season draws nearer, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is sounding a warning to beachgoers and urging them to exercise caution. High tides, storms, and wind at this time of year can increase the potential for accident or injury on the coast.

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Oregon Emergency Management received the Citizen Corps Honorable Mention Award for Individual and Community Preparedness for a project that placed emergency backpacks in Oregon coastal counties.  The backpacks contain emergency blankets, flashlights, and basic first aid supplies to be used in a disaster.

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Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in October, essentially the same as the previous month (7.7%), but lower than the year before (8.3%).  It was lower than the statewide rate (8.6%) and about the same as the national rate (7.9%). 

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Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers after a strong storm caused outages from Crescent City to Yakima, hitting the Oregon coast especially hard. However, soggy ground and high winds are continuing to create new outages and a second powerful storm is expected to come ashore overnight.

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A commercial truck driver received minor injuries Monday morning when high winds blew his truck and semi-trailer over onto their side on the Highway 101 Astoria-Megler Bridge. The bridge remains closed until a tow truck can remove both vehicles later this afternoon.

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