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Sunset Empire Transportation District Directors meet Thursday morning to hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year budget that their Executive Director says focuses on stability for the organization.  Jay Flint has had his hands full since replacing disgraced former Executive Director Cindy Howe in 2011.

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Two rulings today from the Supreme Court will be celebrated by supporters of gay marriage. First, the court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices ruled that opponents of gay marriage didn't have the right to appeal lower court rulings that struck down a ban on same-sex unions.

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Astoria's charming Riverfront Trolley, always a welcome sight rolling along the tracks running beside the Columbia River celebrates an important birthday this week in turning 100 years old.

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The federal government may no longer use what's been its most potent tool to stop voting discrimination over the past half century. A divided Supreme Court today declared unconstitutional a provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act -- a provision that determines which states and localities have to get Washington's approval to make changes in election laws.

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Tidewater Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a $115 million refinance package with Northwest Farm Credit Services. Northwest FCS was the lead arranger and Barclays acted as sole placement agent on the refinance package.

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It was impossible to cover the Astoria City Council over the past 30 years without getting to know Don Webb, who passed away over the weekend at 82.  Webb attended the majority of council meetings over those years and was sometimes the only member of the general public at those meetings.

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The state of Oregon Construction Contractor Board will be in Seaside June 27th to offer two different programs. One is intended for current contractors and the other offers the opportunity for aspiring construction contractors to learn about the state requirements.

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State representativer Brad Witt offers his perspective on last week's failure by the Oregon Senate to pass the key education funding measure necessary to get the state budget approved. In his weekly newsletter Witt states:

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