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Oregon's wandering wolf appears denned up for more pups

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- State biologists say Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, appears to be denned up for a second set of pups in the southern Cascades.

On Wednesday that OR-7's satellite tracking collar has finally died, but Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are still getting a faint signal from the radio portion of the collar.
  
They can track that with hand-held antennas, and the signal indicates OR-7's pack has stopped moving around.
  
Biologist Mark Vargas says biologists won't disturb the wolves to check for pups until the denning season ends.
  
OR-7 became famous as his GPS collar, put on in 2011, showed him trekking across Oregon and into Northern California in search of a mate, which he found. Their first pups arrived last year.

Crude oil covers a California beach
By KTVL Staff

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Black crude oil is washing ashore along four miles of coastline in Central California.

Crews have started skimming about 21,000 gallons of crude that leaked from a broken pipeline and creating a massive slick near Santa Barbara.   

Many are concerned whales are swimming into the crude… and some birds are already coated in oil.

Campers at a State Park in the area were forced to evacuate.

The pipeline broke onshore.. and spewed into a storm drain for  hours before crews shut it off.

The company that owns the pipeline  says it will do all it can to limit the impact on the environment.

Gunshot victim in Grants Pass under investigation
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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Three Rivers Community Hospital around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning reporting a gunshot wound victim in the emergency room. The incident occurred at the victim’s residence in the 100 block of Savage Creek Road, Grants Pass.

A friend staying at the house found the victim outside the home with a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was transported by private vehicle to Three Rivers Hospital where he is receiving medical attention at this time.

The victim is a male adult, age 25. His name will be available later today.

The circumstances of the shooting are not known at this time. The investigation is ongoing. As more information is made available, an updated release will be issued.

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.
  
The program will test whether the state can raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when gasoline tax revenues are declining because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of green vehicles.
  
Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on public roads within Oregon.
  
Some electric and hybrid car owners say the tax would be unfair to them and would discourage vehicle purchases.

A man and woman dead after Grants Pass Department of Public Safety investigate a murder-suicide
By KTVL Staff

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Grants Pass Deparment of Public Safety are investigating a murder-suicide killing a man and a woman  Wednesday morning.

After midnight, officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the area of 1103 NW Sunset Way where 9-1-1 had
received a call with an open line. A female eventually came on the line and stated there was a disturbance with her husband.

During the conversation, the 911 operator could hear what sounded like a struggle over the phone. While still attempting to get information on the location of the incident,
what sounded like shots being fired could be heard in the background.

There was another 911 call made shortly after, the second caller reported hearing shots being fired from 1103 NW Sunset Way.
As officers arrived on scene, they located a male, Charles Perowski, 28, and a female, Jessica Thompson, 30, in the residence.

Emergency medical personnel from AMR Ambulance and Grants Pass DPS Fire/Rescue responded into the
scene and confirmed both subjects were deceased. Detectives responded to the scene and, based
on information available at the time of this report, it appears the incident was a murder / suicide.

The two deceased subjects lived together at the residence and there were two younger children in the
residence at the time of the incident. The children have been placed with other family members.

The case is still under investigation. Any further information will be released as it is available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Grants Pass Department of
Public Safety, at (541) 450-6260.

Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

The chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The faulty inflators are responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

The agreement adds more than 18 million air bags to existing recalls, covering both the passenger and driver's side. The recalls of passenger-side air bags, previously limited to high-humidity states along the Gulf Coast, are now expanded nationwide by 10.2 million vehicles. A nationwide recall of driver's side air bags was expanded to include an additional 7.9 million vehicles.

"We know that owners are worried about their safety and the safety of their families," said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as he announced the agreement. "This is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history."

Safety regulators sparred with Takata for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem. For the most part, the air bag maker refused to declare the inflators defective and even questioned the agency's authority to order it to conduct a recall.

Takata and 11 automakers that use its air bags, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., will have to sort out which vehicles are covered by the expanded recalls. NHTSA said the number of affected air bags could climb.

Prior to Tuesday, automakers had recalled 36 million vehicles worldwide because of the problem.

Before Takata, the largest recall in U.S. history was in 1980 when Ford Motor Co. had to fix 21 million cars and trucks with automatic transmissions that could slip into reverse. The Takata recall dwarfs last year's highly publicized recall of 2.6 million General Motors small cars for defective ignition switches and Toyota's recalls of 10 million vehicles for problems with unintended acceleration.

Rosekind said the agency and auto industry are still trying to determine precisely what is causing Takata's inflators to explode, but action needed to be taken immediately.

Takata's air bags use ammonium nitrate to inflate in a crash. But the chemical, which can be used to make bombs, is volatile. So far, testing has found that airborne moisture can get into the inflators and cause the ammonium nitrate to burn hotter than it should, Rosekind said.

He urged car owners who get recall notices in the mail should immediately make an appointment to get their cars fixed. Owners can key in their vehicle identification number at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ to see if their car is part of the recall. The number is stamped on the dashboard near the driver's side windshield and also can be found on state auto registration documents.

On Feb. 20, NHTSA began fining Takata $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in the investigation. That fine accrued to more than $1.2 million before it was suspended Tuesday due to Takata's cooperation, NHTSA officials said. Other civil penalties are still possible, they said.

Still, it likely will be months or longer before Takata and other companies can manufacture all the needed replacement inflators. Inflators will be allocated to older cars and to high-humidity areas first, where people are most at risk, the agency said. The expansion will cost Takata millions of dollars.

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said in a statement that the action is a "clear path" to restoring the trust of automakers and drivers.

"We are committed to continuing to work closely with NHTSA and our automaker customers to do everything we can to advance the safety of drivers," he said.

Trucker killed when car knocks deer into windshield
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say the driver of a commercial delivery truck was killed near Eugene when a car hit a small deer and launched it into the truck's windshield.
  
Police said a Ford Focus hit the deer, which went airborne and crashed through the windshield of the truck.
  
The truck driver was able to get his rig to the side of the road, but lost consciousness. Passing motorists began CPR, but the driver was dead at the hospital. He suffered neck and head injuries.
  
The driver was identified as 37-year-old Jesse Bastien of Eugene. The driver of the car was 54-year-old Brian Rooney of Veneta. The accident happened Tuesday on Oregon 126, which connects the two cities.
  
Police said the deer was a blacktail, and it was killed.

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