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The board heard a presentation from Peter Ovington of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries on the agency's new tsunami evacuation maps. The maps, developed with new data on the destructive earthquake-generated ocean waves, show areas of the county subject to potential flooding by tsunamis originating both locally and in distant locations

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A groundbreaking new law aimed at protecting donors from bogus charities gives the Attorney General valuable new tools to prevent nonprofit abuse and protect donors.  House Bill 2060 eliminates the state income tax deduction for donors who give money to charities that fail to spend at least 30 percent of their donations on their charitable mission.

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Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), will issue an Interstate Storage credit to its Oregon customers on their June bills.

 

The credit is for approximately $8.5 million and will equate to about $9.18 for the average residential customer in Oregon or nearly $44 for the average commercial customer.

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Hands-free technologies might make it easier for drivers to text, talk on the phone, or even use Facebook while they drive, but new findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. This is the most comprehensive study of its kind to look at the mental distraction of drivers.

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The company planning to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near the mouth of the Columbia River has filed for a federal permit. A process the company CEO claims can't be stopped by Clatsop County

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With the Oregon Legislature and Governor still negotiating over a budget, the union representing the largest share of Oregon state workers has declared an impasse in negotiations for a two-year contract.

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As the State of Oregon transitions to the Early Learning Council with a focus on kindergarten readiness and educational success, school districts also face new core standards to meet education outcomes.

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Clatsop County's Healthy Kids program, with the Lower Columbia Youth Soccer Association, is hosting the Healthy Kids Soccer Jamboree with Community Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Warrenton Soccer Complex.

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