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After two years with a tied House of Representatives, Oregon voters could flip control of the chamber to one party in Tuesday's election.

The Senate also is up for grabs.

About a dozen competitive districts, most in the Portland suburbs, will determine which party takes control - if one does. Another tie is possible in the House and Senate.

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Oregon voters have the chance to decide the state's future on marijuana, gambling and commercial fishing, but the odds are stacked against any of those measures passing.

Polling has shown the state unwilling to regulate pot like alcohol.

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Most of the country will know who won major races Tuesday night, but Washington residents may not know for several days who their next governor will be.  Both Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee expect their contest to be decided in the ballots that remain to be counted after election day.

 

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The Astoria City Council celebrated the signing of the last check that pays off the Astoria Aquatic Center two years early.  Monday night Mayor Willis Van Dusen announced that  he held the check for the last payment in his hand and called for the traditional destruction of the mortgage papers which symbolically represents the city facility as free and clear of the $2.93 million dollar debt.

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"Have you seen the mountain of dirt they are moving? It's huge!" Says Columbia Memorial's CEO Eric Thorsen talking with KAST news recently about a project people have been talking about for years. A new athletic facility that when completed by Columbia Memorial Hospital will be owned by the Astoria School District.

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The City Of Astoria is a little cleaner and better kept as the city community development department has been responding to violations of the town's newly approved derelict building ordinance.  

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The City of Astoria has enacted a new ordinance that prohibits feeding wild animals and birds in city limits. Based on an earlier ordinance banning feeding pigeons in a section of Uniontown this new rule applies to the entire city.

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The Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, will be deactivated Dec. 1 at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia where it arrived Sunday to end 51 years of service. But the famed ship is eventually headed for Washington.

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