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Local Everyday Heroes: Ruben Mendez (Video)
We get in the ring with a man who is paying it forward. Ruben Mendez has taken his love for boxing to the community - building a gym for kids who might not otherwise have anywhere to go.


Entertainment Dates announced for two '50 Shades' sequels Dates announced for two '50 Shades' sequels (Photo Gallery)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles in the sequels "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" on Valentine's weekends in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Universal Pictures announced Thursday.


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YouNews Susrprise! Susrprise!
My daughter Kathy took this pic with a cell phone thru the window of an airliner on the way to the east. She wanted a pic of Mt Hood, but when we looked at the picture later we realized she got Mt Hood and three other peaks north of it. See them right by the top of Mt. Hood to the left.


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Local Man cited after serious crash near Scio
According to Oregon State Police, Scott Crook drove his 1995 Honda Accord over the center line just before 10 a.m. and hit the motorhome going in the opposite direction.


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Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids
Hells Canyon might be God's best-kept hideaway if you're a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.
Travel & Outdoors Salmon fishing off S. Oregon coast looks good for 2015
Enough adult salmon are now finning off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coasts to give Brookings a good chance to repeat as Oregon's top port for boating chinook. But the ever-changing ocean currents have to do their part.

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Home World of Speed stops in the KATU News studios World of Speed stops in the KATU News studios (Video)
The new Northwest motorsports museum World of Speed opens its doors Friday.

To celebrate the museum's grand opening, Sally Baney made a pit stop in the KATU News This Morning studios to talk about why people are so excited about this museum.

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Politics Inslee calls for special session to start next Wednesday Inslee calls for special session to start next Wednesday
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday called for a special session to start April 29 in order for lawmakers to finish work on a two-year state operating budget, but said that he wants budget negotiators in his office on Monday to get a head start.
Politics Inslee believes auditor's pay can be withheld Inslee believes auditor's pay can be withheld
A spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday they believe the state has the authority to withhold pay from indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley, based on legal advice received from the state attorney general's office.
Politics Clinton running as a woman, but in subtle ways Clinton running as a woman, but in subtle ways
During an elegant awards luncheon in Washington, Hillary Rodham Clinton heralded the importance of women around the world having a say at the highest levels of power.
Politics House Benghazi panel calls Clinton to testify House Benghazi panel calls Clinton to testify
The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday called Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify at a public hearing next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over the Democratic presidential candidate's use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state.


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Technology A 'Beat the Clock' for the YouTube generation (Photo Gallery)
This isn't your grandparents' "Beat the Clock." Inside a soundstage at YouTube Space LA, a high-tech production facility operated by the streaming video site, a couple of YouTube stars have been outfitted with helmets and jockstraps affixed with long hooks.


Politics Oregon committee OKs more background checks on firearm sales
Legislation expanding background checks will be getting a full House vote for the first time since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting after an Oregon House committee narrowly approved it on a party-line vote.
Politics Oregon lawmakers advance vaccine bill to budget committee
An Oregon Senate committee advanced a vaccine bill ahead of a key deadline Tuesday, passing a measure that seeks to increase the number of immunized children and requires schools to publish vaccination rates.


Business Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns
PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.
Business Durable goods orders up, but business investment falls again
Purchases of long-lasting manufactured goods in March jumped by the largest amount in eight months, but a closer look at the details reveals that businesses kept pruning their investment plans in the face of a softening U.S. economy.