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Local Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Brad Black and his wife were tracing their family tree through an online ancestry site when they learned his great grandfather had been committed to the Oregon State Hospital in 1930.

"We didn't know how he got there, how long he has been there," he said. "One thing led to another, we went on the website and took a look and there was Great Grandpa Elwood - he was there, you know, number 3009."

Black's family is not alone: The ashes of more than 3,400 people are still at the hospital.

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Local How do predators and prey live in harmony at Oregon Coast Aquarium? How do predators and prey live in harmony at Oregon Coast Aquarium? (Photo Gallery) (Video)
After Keiko the killer whale left the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1998, the aquarium split the tank into three parts and created the Passages of the Deep with sharks and bat rays to attract guests.

Some of the residents of the tank know each other in the open ocean.

For example, the Broadnose sevengill shark is a natural predator of the bat ray.
Local Police rescue lost dog Police rescue lost dog
Officers who responded to a road rage situation Friday morning wound up rescuing a lost dog.

Court weighs whether jury will hear about suspect's past driving behavior

Court weighs whether jury will hear about suspect's past driving behavior »Play Video
Gerald Strebendt (left) faces murder charges in the slaying of David Crofut (right). Strebendt has claimed self defense in the shooting.

Pretrial hearings continued Wednesday for a former mixed martial artist accused of shooting and killing a man in Springfield after a car crash.

Forest Service closes off-road routes in Oregon Dunes

Forest Service closes off-road routes in Oregon Dunes
The Oregon Dunes

The U.S. Forest Service will close some unauthorized trails in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area between Florence and Coos Bay.

But the decision by Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor Jeremiah C. Ingersoll also designates more than 2 miles of new trails and opens up off-road riding on 518 acres of dunes.

77th Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene

77th Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene
The 77th annual Oregon Logging Conference runs through Saturday at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Forestry professionals and loggers are in town to see $150 million worth of new equipment and attend workshops.

The 77th annual Oregon Logging Conference runs through Saturday at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Forestry professionals and loggers are in town to see $150 million worth of new equipment and attend workshops.

Missing teddy bear with baby's cremains inside found

Missing teddy bear with baby's cremains inside found
Photo from Sarah Pequeno's Facebook page

A mother’s desperate search to find a lost family memento came to a happy conclusion Thursday thanks to a kind stranger.

UO ramps up vaccinations against meningitis

UO ramps up vaccinations against meningitis »Play Video
The school has also started a campaign warning students about the dangers of close contact and sharing.

Lauren Jones showed flu-like symptoms before the 18-year-old student-athlete died Tuesday.

Lane County Public Health said it is possible investigators will never know Jones she had meningococcemia.
 

Hayes reportedly fighting effort to get her emails released

Hayes reportedly fighting effort to get her emails released »Play Video
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee Cylvia Hayes wipes tears away during a Thursday afternoon press October 9 in Portland, Oregon where she admitted to marrying an Ethiopian immigrant for money.

Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes is reportedly fighting back against a state order requiring her to release emails related to her public service. The Oregonian says Hayes has vowed to go to court to fight that state order.

UO: 'We have begun vaccinating students, and are working to coordinate larger vaccination efforts'

UO: 'We have begun vaccinating students, and are working to coordinate larger vaccination efforts' »Play Video

"I am sad to share that we learned Tuesday that Lauren Jones, a freshman student-athlete who lived in Barnhart Hall, died unexpectedly. This is a devastating loss for our community, and to her family, friends, classmates, coaches, faculty, advisors and team mates who knew her best," Frances Bronet,
Acting Senior Vice President and Provost, wrote in a letter to the University of Oregon campus Thursday.

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