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Politics Legislators prepare for showdown over gas taxes, low-carbon fuels Legislators prepare for showdown over gas taxes, low-carbon fuels (Video)
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney toned down his rhetoric on the future of getting a transportation package through the Legislature this session during a taping of KATU’s political show, “Your Voice, Your Vote” last week, but he still had lingering doubts.

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Politics Legislators prepare for showdown over gas taxes, low-carbon fuels (Video)
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney toned down his rhetoric on the future of getting a transportation package through the Legislature this session during a taping of KATU’s political show, “Your Voice, Your Vote” last week, but he still had lingering doubts.

Entertainment

Entertainment Super Bowl ads from start to finish (New) Super Bowl ads from start to finish
The Super Bowl ad games have so far delivered a nod to the Brady Bunch, voiceovers from Muhammad Ali and John F. Kennedy and Mindy Kaling trying to steal a kiss from fellow actor Matt Damon.

Offbeat

Offbeat Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va. Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.
After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing - the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

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YouNews Fog on the Columbia River Fog on the Columbia River
I crossed the I-5 bridge late Monday morning and the fog over the Columbia River was beautiful, so I stopped at the park off the Camas 14 and took a walk, visited the ducks along the way, it was just what I needed, a spiritual pick me up I plan on doing this more next time remember some bread for the ducks!

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Local & Regional

Local Photos: Puppy Bowl Practice (Photo Gallery)
An equally exciting event this weekend? Puppy Bowl. We took some time to catch up with the puppies in their 'practice pen' in AZ over the weekend (lucky us).

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Around the World

National & World Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.
National & World (New) Goats offered as alternative for clearing area of plutonium
A goat herder who has a college degree in weed sciences told federal wildlife officials that she could eliminate the need for a possible 700-acre controlled burn at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge by turning her goats loose there and eliminate concerns over spreading radioactive plutonium.

Sports

Sports Report: Seahawks offer Lynch ‘huge contract extension’ Report: Seahawks offer Lynch ‘huge contract extension’
In the weeks leading up to their second Super Bowl appearance in two seasons, the Seattle Seahawks have been in talks with Marshawn Lynch’s agent to sign the running back a multi-year contract extension, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Sports Rodgers wins 2nd NFL Most Valuable Player award
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors.
Sports Column: Brady the greatest ever in SB? Not so fast
His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained look seemingly etched on his face.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors Oregon Caves expansion expected to boost tourism
You won't see a different cave or a new chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument. But some are calling the expansion of the landmark, with legislation attached to a defense spending bill signed recently by President Obama, a monumental change.

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Home Telemarketer may have saved Oregon woman's life Telemarketer may have saved Oregon woman's life (Video)
A telemarketer making a sales call heard a woman hundreds of miles away being attacked. The victim didn't even know her phone had rung. The chilling call was recorded at the Las Vegas call center. And horrified workers there knew they had to help. Vanessa Murphy has the story.

Your Life, Your Style

Politics Kitzhaber: Fiancee's taxes raise legitimate questions Kitzhaber: Fiancee's taxes raise legitimate questions (Video)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said Friday that legitimate questions have been raised about his fiancee's taxes after newspaper reports that income from a renewable energy group didn't appear on her tax returns.
Travel & Outdoors Tips for dog safety during the winter months Tips for dog safety during the winter months
On a recent cross-country ski trip in the Bridger Mountains, I noticed my dog was walking a little funny. It was a frigid day and close to a foot of snow had fallen the night before. Kato, who burst out of his kennel with his usual exuberance at the car park, was looking chilly on the trail.

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KATU Investigators Teen posts ad for "Gay Best Friend," leads to interaction with luring suspect Teen posts ad for "Gay Best Friend," leads to interaction with luring suspect (Video)
It was meant to be harmless. A 14-year-old girl and her friends posted an advertisement on a popular website for a "Gay Best Friend" but it later led to an interaction with a man police call an "internet predator." The victim's father sat down exclusively with KATU's On Your Side Investigators.

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Technology

Technology Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that
Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996.
Technology NASA launches Earth-observing satellite
A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.

Politics

Politics WA House passes judicial review of mental health decisions
The Washington state House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill allowing family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others.
Politics As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush
Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Business

Business U.S. economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up
The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.
Business Stock markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
Stocks in energy companies have fallen nearly 12 percent in three months, nearly cancelling out moves up for most other industries. The S&P 500 is up less than 1 percent in that time.

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