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AG Ferguson sues one of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma of fueling the opioid epidemic in Washington state, embarking on a massive deceptive marketing campaign and convincing doctors and the public that their drugs are effective for treating chronic pain and have a low risk of addiction, contrary to overwhelming evidence.

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NVH leaders cancel Thursday's board meeting

North Valley Hospital leaders have canceled their regular board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28. During the last North Valley Hospital meeting, Sept. 14, residents pressed the board of commissioners over what they termed potential illegal procedures and policies.

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Border Patrol agents assist with shooting victim and prevent suicide

Members of the U.S. Border Patrol assisted with a shooting victim and another person who was attempting to commit suicide on Monday, Sept. 25.

State Health Benefit Exchange board certifies 2018 health, dental plans

The state Health Benefit Exchange board today passed a resolution certifying Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Qualified Dental Plans (QDPs) to provide 2018 coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Plans certified today will be available for purchase during the upcoming open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1.

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Fuel prices continue to fall

“For the second straight week, almost every state saw average gasoline prices fall notably as refineries continue to heal after Harvey and work on restoring production of motor fuels," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

AAA: Truck safety technology can prevent crashes

Equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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Snow falls on Sherman Pass

Although we are still one day away from the first day of fall, a light blanket of snow fell yesterday over Sherman Pass on Highway 20 west of town.

Unconscious woman found in ditch

Police: No signs of criminal activity

A woman found unconscious in the ditch along Highway 97 near town has been taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak.

Level 3 sex offender moves to Pontiac Ridge Road

A level 3 sex offender has moved to the 300 block of Pontiac Ridge Road, Oroville. Harvey LeRoy Talbert, 57, notified the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office of his move, as required by law.

Republic School bond information meeting planned tonight

The Republic School District will be hosting a community bond information meeting and tour tonight, Sept. 20 at 30306 E. Highway 20.

O'Keary headlines Cultural Center

Blues musician Polly O'Keary will headline a concert Sept. 30, at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Tonasket, Twisp receive grants for improvements

The state Department of Commerce announced earlier this week that Tonasket and Twisp are among 23 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants for 2017.

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Residents question hospital board

North Valley Hospital commissioners were grilled during the public comment portion of their Thursday, Sept. 14 regular board meeting. Allegations of outdated bylaws, commissioners not receiving adequate training and a lack of transparency in public meeting minutes were just a few of the issues commissioners were pressed to answer.

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Hurricane Harvey benefit concert planned Saturday

A benefit concert is planned to raise funds for hurricane Harvey victims from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Prices drop as refineries bounce back from Harvey

Average gas prices have dropped in 45 states, with the national average declining nearly 5 cents per gallon to $2.60 in the first weekly drop since Hurricane Harvey’s caused refinery shutdowns weeks ago.