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In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, a photograph of University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot on campus, is projected on the video board before the start of an NCAA college football game between Oregon and Utah in Salt Lake City. The family of a University of Lauren McCluskey sued the institution on Thursday, June 27, 2019, saying officials have refused to take responsibility for missing chances to prevent her death despite multiple reports to police.

Pullman Family Files $56M Lawsuit In Shooting Death Of Lauren McCluskey At University Of Utah

A Pullman, Wash., family is suing the University of Utah following the murder of their daughter on campus in Salt Lake City last year. Jill and Matthew McCluskey announced the $56 million lawsuit Thursday, June 27 in a press conference. Lauren McCluskey was murdered Oct. 22, 2018 by a man she had dated. Continue Reading Pullman Family Files $56M Lawsuit In Shooting Death Of Lauren McCluskey At University Of Utah

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A flatbed truck rides by as a crowd rallies at the Capitol in Salem to protest House Bill 2020. CREDIT: David Stuckey/OPB

Demonstrators Urge Republican Senators To Maintain Walkout For Rural Oregon Interests

The so-called “Stay Strong Stay Gone” rally marked the latest backlash over bills seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. Loggers, truckers, farmers and their supporters had all come, they said, to urge 11 Senate Republicans who’ve been absent from the statehouse since last week to remain in hiding. Continue Reading Demonstrators Urge Republican Senators To Maintain Walkout For Rural Oregon Interests

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Cars from an Amtrak train lie spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks in DuPont, Washington. CREDIT: ELAINE THOMPSON/AP

‘Titanic-Like Complacency’: NTSB Official Criticizes Oversight Before 2017 Washington Amtrak Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board published its final report Monday on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington in 2017, with the agency’s vice chairman blasting what he described as a “Titanic-like complacency” among those charged with ensuring train operations were safe. Continue Reading ‘Titanic-Like Complacency’: NTSB Official Criticizes Oversight Before 2017 Washington Amtrak Crash

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Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni, center, speaks with Sheriff Department dispatchers on June 6, 2019, in Coquille, Ore. CREDIT: JONATHAN LEVINSON/OPB

In A Break From The Past, Oregon Sheriffs Change Their Approach To Gun Laws

In 2013, eight Oregon sheriffs sent letters to the Obama administration saying they wouldn’t enforce new federal gun laws. Two years later, the state legislature passed a bill requiring background checks for private gun sales. And again, Oregon sheriffs dug in. So it was already a well-worn path when sheriffs in Washington and Colorado started making similar assertions earlier this year. Continue Reading In A Break From The Past, Oregon Sheriffs Change Their Approach To Gun Laws

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Thousands of monarch butterflies gather in the eucalyptus trees at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. CREDIT: GEORGE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES

Monarch Butterflies Born In Captivity Have Trouble Migrating South, Study Says

The monarch population has declined more than 80% in the past 20 years, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering them for the endangered species list. Hobbyists and educators have responded by raising and releasing butterflies. But there are issues, they say, with releasing captive, potentially nonmigratory butterflies into the wild population. Continue Reading Monarch Butterflies Born In Captivity Have Trouble Migrating South, Study Says

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