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Semi-Drive on cellphone leads to rear-end collision near Pendleton
(Oregon State Patrol)

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Oregon Illegal Immigrants Will Be Allowed to Pay In-State Tuition at Public Universities

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber will sign a bill today allowing young illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition at the state’s seven public universities. The measure passed the Legislature last month after failing twice in the past decade. Proponents say young people shouldn’t be priced out of college because their parents chose to immigrate illegally. Critics say the state shouldn’t be subsidizing a college education for people who violated immigration laws.

Dead Missing Skier Found on Mt. Hood Identified

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have identified a skier found dead in a creek on Mount Hood as a Las Vegas, Nev., man

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office said Monday he was 23-year-old Russell Tiffany.

Deputies say Tiffany was with a group of skiers drinking at a hut Saturday night, but he decided to head down the mountain alone. He got disoriented and called a friend. They made plans to meet up, but he didn’t show.

The sheriff’s office says he was last seen by a group of campers who attempted to direct him to their location, but he didn’t arrive.  Searchers were notified Sunday morning, and his body was found that night west of the Ski Bowl resort.

Oregon Truck Driver Was on Cellphone When He Rear-ended Another Semi near Pendleton

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a truck driver was looking at his cell phone when he rear-ended another truck on I-84 near Pendleton. Troopers say a semi with a trailer of apples was traveling about 5 mph because of two flat trailer tires. The driver of an approaching tanker truck didn’t notice the slow vehicle because he was looking at his phone. The crash resulted in only minor injuries. The tanker truck driver was cited for following too close, and the driver of the apple truck was cited for operating an unsafe vehicle. The accident occurred Monday, the two drivers, and another person were treated for minor injuries.

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