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Hundreds of armed protesters are expected to descend on the Oregon Capitol Friday to demonstrate their gun rights.

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Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year's salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting in Olympia March 1.

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A 32-year-old former Long Beach man and Ilwaco High School graduate Luke Anton Wirkkala was arrested Monday evening is facing Murder charges in Bend, Oregon. He is being held without bail in the death of 31-year-old David Andrew Ryder a Bend area software engineer. Ryder was an invited house guest at the home of Wirkkala and the two were said to have known eachother.

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Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley held a press conference  pressing for a swift renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and emphasizing its importance to Oregon's families. DA Josh Marquis was part of that discussion pointing out the critical work of the local non-profit agency responsible for working with victims.

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State officials who monitor marine debris on Washington's ocean beaches say they are seeing an increase in marine debris items this winter such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles and floats, and other portable objects.

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After a series of misfires last year organizers say they have secured a venue for the Astoria Hempfest for 2013.  Nick Clark, who owns Natures's Choice Alternative Medicine in Astoria announced to the city council that the event will be held at the clatsop county fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend.  The Fairgrounds website confirms the event is scheduled for August 31st and September 1st.

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State Senator Betsy Johnson, State representative Deborah Boone, and State Representative Brad Witt will broadcast a virtual townhall meeting over the Internet on February 20th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today stood with Democratic congressional leaders to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since it was signed into law in 1993, this landmark legislation has given 100 million Americans the opportunity to take unpaid leave so they could attend to their medical needs or the medical needs of a family member without fear of losing their jobs. Bonamici called for an expansion of the law, and for additional legislation to provide paid sick leave.

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