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Local Governor: First lady no longer a state policy advisor Governor: First lady no longer a state policy advisor (Video)
The first lady's dual roles as a policy adviser to state government and a private paid consultant have drawn criticism.

On Friday, Governor Kitzhaber said his fiance Cylvia Hayes would no longer play a policy or political role in his administration.

'When you look at that highway, you have to ask yourself: Why is this happening?'

'When you look at that highway, you have to ask yourself: Why is this happening?' »Play Video
Two people died and a third person injured in a 3-vehicle crash on Highway 99 Thursday morning (left). One person later died in a crash on the detour route around the crash scene (right).

The pair of crashes near Junction City Thursday that killed 3 people and injured a fourth remain under investigation, Oregon State Police say.

While no concrete plans exist for ways to make the highway safer, the road is on the Oregon DOT's radar.

"If you look at the last 5 1/2 years, there's been 205 crashes," said Rick Little with Oregon DOT. The data is from Jan. 1, 2009, to May 31, 2014. "That's almost 3 crashes a month, or 1 every 10 days."

Oregon football special #LiveOnKMTR after the Super Bowl

Oregon football special #LiveOnKMTR after the Super Bowl

The Oregon Ducks finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 13-2 record and Pac-12 and Rose Bowl championships.

John Franchi has a look back at the season - and a look ahead to next year - on a special Super Bowl edition of NewsSource 16 this Sunday after the big game.

Stick around #LiveOnKMTR after the Super Bowl for a look back at the 2014 Duck football season

Governor: First lady no longer a state policy advisor

Governor: First lady no longer a state policy advisor »Play Video
Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks to reporters regarding his fiancée and first lady Cylvia Hayes in Portland, Oregon on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

The first lady's dual roles as a policy adviser to state government and a private paid consultant have drawn criticism.

On Friday, Governor Kitzhaber said his fiance Cylvia Hayes would no longer play a policy or political role in his administration.

Free tax prep help starts Saturday

Free tax prep help starts Saturday

Free tax help will now be available starting February 1 for low to moderate income individuals preparing their taxes. 

About 100 AARP volunteers will be on hand over the next month providing services to the community.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story

Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school'

Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school' »Play Video
The students who participate stand a little taller.

When the Spirit Squad performs at Thurston High School, everyone is on their feet.

Students are singing along, clapping their hands. Labels dissapear, and the school becomes one.

The Spirit Squad started 4 years ago when a student, Heidi Brown, decided to put it together for her senior project.

The team is made up of special needs students coached by student leaders.