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Monday evening Astoria mayor Willis Van Dusen led the audience in a hip-hip-hooray recognizing the contributions of retiring Oregon State Police Lt. Duane Stanton. Police Chief Pete Curzon said Stanton has been a valuable partner in assisting the Astoria Police Department.  In other council news...

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Since the November 14 2013 arrest of Bradley Stay, Astoria Police have been busy working on the investigation into what has become a complex case involving racketeering and a substantial criminal conspiracy. Astoria Police used, a have logged more than 100 man hours in two days after the arrest. They have coordinated with agencies from as close as Warrenton and Seaside as well as two other states. Interagency coordination continues. As a result of the investigation Stay's girlfriend is now in custody.

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November 10th, 2013 Astoria Police had been called by T&C home furniture about suspicious charges by Matthew Dunn, Age 28 who had purchased a laptop then returned to purchase more but when asked about the cards he was using became evasive and left. Dunn had photo ID from California and the cards bore his name. While the charges had gone through, the managers at T&C reported it because it caused them to be suspicious. Those suspicions turned out to be well founded.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) is calling on Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali to implement an administrative fix to halt health insurance policy cancellations related to the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards. President Obama today announced that he is granting states the authority to allow existing plans to temporarily continue.

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It's been roughly seven months since Astorians have had open access to the length of 8th street from Commercial street to the top of the hill.  The paving is completed and the street fully reopened Thursday.

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The Clatsop County Shrine Club is looking for children who need orthopaedic and burn health care. Children from Birth to age 18 are encouraged to attend Saturday, November 16th at Providence Seaside Hospital, North Coast Clinic, 725 S. Wahanna Seaside, OR.  Children will be screened from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm by medical professionals.

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The Governor's Task Force on Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) is scheduled for Nov. 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State Street, Salem, Ore.  State, federal, and local leaders will discuss plans for the 1.5 million tons of debris that washed out to sea following the 2011 Japan Tsunami, some of which has already arrived on the Oregon coast.

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Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley announced that he is cosponsoring the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act, a bill that gives consumers the choice to keep their current health plans if they want to continue them. During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, a promise was made to consumers that if they liked their health care plan, they could keep it. Merkley wants to ensure that this promise is kept for Oregonians.

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