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Will fishing for a living be a viable occupation for Astoria in the decades to come? Will the children and grandchildren of those in the industry today be able to carry on the traditions and see the economic benefits of hauling in the bounty of the sea in the next twenty or thirty years? Can wave energy co-exist with ocean fishing in an already highly regulated environment?

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The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

The Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.

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The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

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Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire which occurred on October 8, 1871. On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire the first National Fire Prevention Day was celebrated as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew's training mission near Depoe Bay on Sept. 12 was disrupted when a green laser lit up the cockpit.  Green and red lasers pose a significant hazard to flight and boatcrews, especially when the helicopter crews are operating at low altitude at night or the boatcrews are battling treacherous conditions.

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A log truck driver was arrested for DUII and traffic-relation charges Thursday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) after crashing his loaded log truck on Highway 47 north of Vernonia and damaging two utility poles and fencing.

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The Astoria Warrenton Chamber is helping get the word out about a Astoria casting call for a new reality TV show called "Small Town Bachelor" According to the producers they are looking for a local eligible bachelor and the shows producers will bring a number of women from the big city who are tired of the large city experience and are looking for a small town guy.

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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with modest hiring trends.

The Labor Department says new applications rose by 4,000 from the previous week's level of 363,000. The previous week was revised higher from an initial reading of 359,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.

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