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  1. Merkley plans Saturday town halls in Medford, Grants Pass

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will hold town hall meetings in Medford and Grants Pass Saturday as part of a five-county set of meetings. The first local meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Grants Pass High School Commons, 830 N.E. Ninth Street.

  2. Citing health risks, Senate approves raising Oregon tobacco age to 21

    Lawmakers in the state Senate on Thursday approved a bill raising Oregon's legal tobacco age to 21, inching the state closer to becoming the third to do so along with California and Hawaii. Senate Bill 754 , chief sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward , D-Portland, and Sen. James Manning , D-Eugene, creates an offense of selling tobacco to people under 21, punishable by fines of $50 for retail clerks and up to $500 for managers and $1,000 for store owners.

  3. UACT play "Lend Me A Tenor" opens March 30 through April 23

    The Umpqua Actors Community Theatre presents its new play "Lend Me A Tenor," with opening night at 7:30 Thursday, March 30, at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre, 614 West Harvard Ave., Roseburg. The play tells the story of a world-famous Italian opera tenor, Tito Merelli, who through a series of mishaps, becomes unable to perform.

  4. a Ia m a victim of entrapmenta : Ex-mayor denies accusations he solicited sex from 14-year-old girl

    A mayor in southern Oregon is claiming " police entrapment " after he was arrested, accused of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover police officer working an online sex sting. Kenneth Barrett, 71, was charged earlier this week with online sexual corruption of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to court records.

  5. Man sentenced to life in prison with chance of parole for murder of wife

    David Ryan Kelley was sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon after being convicted of murdering his wife earlier this month. Kelley walked into the courtroom and was greeted by his court appointed attorneys, Michael Bertholf and Brook Reinhard.

  6. Locally filmed movie "This is Different" shown at Roseburg Cinemas on March 27, 29.

    Locally produced movie 'This is Different' celebrated opening night with a sold-out performance Monday. The movie will be shown two more times - Monday and Wednesday at Roseburg Cinemas.

  7. Police log: Naked woman says man is trying to kill her

    These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.

  8. Man mad at girlfriend pulls fire alarm

    Officers from the Roseburg Police Department responded to the motel several times because Dominic Joseph Roberts, 31, was drunk and causing disturbances, according to police. During the police's final response to the motel, Roberts allegedly activated the fire alarm because he was mad at his girlfriend because she wouldn't let him into their room.

  9. Legislative update: Bill limiting antibiotics for farm animals creates rural-urban divide

    Proponents of Senate Bill 785, like OSPIRG State Director Charlie Fisher, said antibiotics are overused, and that's contributing to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Opponents like Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, said the bill is overreaching.

  10. Activist Alert: Douglas County libraries to close

    Public comment is needed on long-term solutions to the library system's funding crisis.