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Prosecutor: Co-pilot deliberately crashed plane
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- A French prosecutor says the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane." He says the co-pilot was alone at the controls and "intentionally" sent the plane into the doomed descent.

Tuesday's crash in France killed 144 passengers and the crew of six.

Prosecutor Brice Robin says the cockpit voice recorder reveals that the co-pilot did not say a word once the captain left the cockpit. He says pounding could be heard on the cockpit door during the final minutes of the flight as alarms sounded. He said the co-pilot "voluntarily" refused to open the door to let the pilot back in, and his breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight.

He says passengers could be heard screaming just before the crash.

The prosecutor says the co-pilot's responses, initially courteous, had become "curt" when the captain began the mid-flight briefing on the planned landing.

He refused to give details on the pilot's religion or ethnic background. The prosecutor says German authorities are taking charge of the investigation of the co-pilot, whom he identified as Andreas Lubitz.

News10 Evening News Break March 25
1. S3 Environmental Construction out of Tacoma , Wash., covers Alaska to Arizona and is now at the former Shell gas station. This is the construction team's second job in Medford. They also worked to clear out the gas station next to Rooster's Restaurant on Barnett Road.Before they reach the gas tanks, workers have to break up the ground using three excavators. There is a big area to cover and wiring from the lamp posts can be tricky, but they are hoping to stay on schedule, getting in and out as quickly as possible. The crew hopes to finish the site by April 2 at the latest. The next step is for In-N-Out to apply for the building permit and business license to begin building. 

2. It is the time of year to buy or sell a home. Some real estate companies say this is the busiest month they have seen. Other companies say this is the beginning of the busy season, and it will not slow down until summer is over. Some real estate companies agree, the weather is a factor when it comes to a busy season for buying and selling homes. Local realtors say to make sure your home is decluttered and clean if you plan on seeling. They advise giving your home some curb appeal, so people will want to get out of their cars and look at it. 

3. Crater Lake National Park got nearly 2-feet of snow in the last few days, but it is only a third of normal for the season. The park usually has about 20-inches of snow around this time. Yesterday, it only had 40 inches. Park employees say snowshoe walks will continue at the park through April 27. 

4. California lawmakers considering a plan to speed up more than $1 billion in water spending. Legislators in both houses are taking up fast-tracked legislation to give immediate relief from dry conditions and speed up funding for local water projects.

5. The Western Governor's Association held a forum today to talk about the drought and forest management. Different agencies discussed solutions to topics like an increased length for fire season and the social and economic impact the drought and fires have on clean air and water. They also touched upon the drinking water available in Ashland. 

6. A woman sentenced for animal cruelty in Siskiyou County. The county's district attorney's office says back in 2013, a neighbor noticed horses in her backyard were malnourished. Eleanor Saenz pleaded guilty today. She was sentenced to four months behind bars with three years of felony probation. 

7. Medford police officers say they are seeing a spike in car thefts. Lt. Mike Bureau says the thefts are not linked to one particular person. But says most of the people arrested in connection to these crimes are involved in the drug community. According to police, Hondas are clearly being targeted. In the latest incident, Budreau says an officer spotted a stolen 1996 Honda in the parking lot of Jack In The Box on East Barnett. Three people in the car were arrested. While car thefts are soaring, there were more reports to date last year. Budreau says 52 cars have been reported stolen this year. Last year around the same time, 64 reports were filed. To keep yourself from being a victim, police remind everyone to keep things out of vision in your car and to park in well-lit areas.

8. Jackson County commissioners are looking at setting the marijuana tax for the county. They are meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. They will also discuss the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway and an emergency shelter for ACCESS.

9. A local LGBT group is meeting for the first time in Medford tonight. The Rogue Valley LGBT Elders are a newer non-profit organized after the documentary Gensilent was shown in Medford and Ashland. The documentary followed 6 LGBT seniors who had to decide whether to hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term healthcare system. The elders say they are are hoping for a big turnout tonight to get an idea of what the Medford community wants and how to strengthen the LGBT community in the city. The elders say their goal is to create community and social change while ensuring the safety and well-being of LGBT older adults in Southern Oregon. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ. 

10. Oregon saw more job vacancies last year compared to the year before, according to the state's employment department. It says there were 45,000 vacancies at any given time -- a 40 percent increase compared to 2013. The department says the avergae starting wage offered by employers was $15.67.

11. A Portland psychologist is losing her license. She is accused of using a scientifically unproven therapy on an 11-year-old boy. It involved having the boy drink milk from a baby bottle while sitting in his dad's lap. The Board of Psychologist Examiners revoked Debra Miller's license today. The boy was misdiagnosed with reactive attachment disorder last year. After the therapy, investigators say the boy tried to commit suicide.

12. In California, a family advocating for Right To Die legislation before lawmakers. Brittany Maynard had terminal brain cancer. She moved to Oregon from California to legally end her life with the help of doctors. Today, a senate health committee heard about her family's experience and the bill that would make it legal for terminally ill California patients to kill themselves with life-ending drugs.The woman's mother says her daughter went through an exhausting and expensive move, one she hopes others will not have to. Her family also released a video of Maynard today where she says no one should have to leave her home to plan for a gentle death. 

Paid sick leave mandate advances in Oregon Legislature
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon legislative committee has advanced a bill that would require nearly all employers to give workers up to five days a year of paid sick leave.

In Wednesday's party-line vote, Democrats on the Senate Workforce Committee sent the measure to the budget committee.

Democrats said their bill would give an assist to low-income workers, who are much more likely to have to give up pay when they or sick or need to care for an ill child.

Republicans and business interests said it would impose a significant cost on small businesses.

The bill would apply to all employers with at least six workers. Workers would accrue at least one hour of vacation time for each 30 hours of work.

Portland and Eugene have local mandates for paid sick leave.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

LGBT Community Working On Medford
Ariana Rakhshani/KTVL.com

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rogue Valley LGBT Elders met for the first time with the people of Medford on Wednesday at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ.

Their goal at the town hall meeting was to strengthen the LGBT community in the city, and to get an idea of what the Medford community wants.

The Elders are a newer non-profit that was organized after the documentary GenSilent was shown in Medford and Ashland. The documentary followed 6 LGBT seniors who had to decide whether to hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term health care system.

Their goal is to create community and social change while ensuring the safety and well-being of LGBT older adults.

The non-profit said it wants to meet once a month with the people of Medford.

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