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The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Sturgell Fisheries of Warrenton, Ore., $11,500 for spilling nearly 675 gallons of oil when a crabbing vessel ran aground in Jan. 25 on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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A National Weather Service spokeswoman says a modest tornado did indeed touch down near the tiny Oregon town of Birkenfeld in the North Oregon Coast Range.

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"The hottest weather of the season is likely on the way for the Pacific Northwest this coming weekend, and it could get even hotter next week."  So says Steve Pierce President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. in a news release pierce says "In fact, the entire western half of the country is about to bake under what could be a near record setting heatwave for some locations in the southwest.

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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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