News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:16:45 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Ore. Governor signs bill allowing recreational pot sales http://kobi5.com/news/item/ore-governor-signs.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/ore-governor-signs.html Ore. Governor signs bill allowing recreational pot sales

Ore. -- Starting October 1st, Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and over.

The bill will temporarily allow tax free retail sales through existing medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Liquor Control Commission will develop regulations and give licenses to pot stores starting next year. 

Customers will be allowed to buy limited amounts of dried marijuana, seeds, and plant starts but not edibles.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:55:32 -0700
Run out on the field with the University of Oregon's football team on YouTube 360 http://kobi5.com/news/item/university-of-oregon-offering-running-out-onto-the-field-experience-with-youtube-360.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/university-of-oregon-offering-running-out-onto-the-field-experience-with-youtube-360.html Run out on the field with the University of Oregon's football team on YouTube 360

Eugene, Ore. --- Calling all Duck fans!

If you've ever wanted to experience running out onto the field at Autzen Stadium, you're in luck.

University of Oregon athletics utilizes YouTube 360 video to capture the experience.

With your smartphone, click on the link and tilt your phone to whatever view you want to see while running out.

The footage was captured at last season's game against Michigan State.

Link: http://bit.ly/1I7Iu08

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:41:02 -0700
Kroger recalls 4 spices sold at Fred Meyer http://kobi5.com/news/item/kroger-recalls-4-spices-sold-at-fred-meyer.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/kroger-recalls-4-spices-sold-at-fred-meyer.html Kroger recalls 4 spices sold at Fred Meyer

(KGW) Fred Meyer parent Kroger Co. has recalled four of its Kroger brand spices due to possible contamination for Salmonella.

The grocery chain recalled Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds sold in its retail stores due to possible contamination from salmonella.

The products were pulled from shelves over the weekend, said Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill.

A sample of Kroger Garlic Powder from a store in North Augusta, S.C., was tested by the FDA and found to be contaminated with salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. Out of an abundance of caution, the company late last week recalled all four seasonings produced on the same equipment in the same facility.

The recalled items were sold in other Kroger system stores, including Jay C., Dillons, King Soopers, Fry's, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Smiths.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:27:16 -0700
Bend Police: man kills landlord http://kobi5.com/news/item/bend-police-man-kills-landlord.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/bend-police-man-kills-landlord.html Bend Police: man kills landlord

BEND, ORE. --  Bend Police arrested 34 year old Daniel Robert Norquist on Saturday, after allegedly shooting and killing Andrew Steven Cordes. 

Police say Cordes was a mutual acquaintance and landlord of Norquist and that he had been at Norquist’s home for over two hours prior to the shooting. 

Norquist is charged with murder, first degree manslaughter, first degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:50:31 -0700
TV News Anchor Claims She Was Fired For Marijuana Use http://kobi5.com/news/item/tv-news-anchor-claims-she-was-fired-for-marijuana-use.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/tv-news-anchor-claims-she-was-fired-for-marijuana-use.html TV News Anchor Claims She Was Fired For Marijuana Use

A Eugene television news anchor claims she was fired from her job because of her marijuana use outside of work. Cyd Maurer worked at KEZI, the ABC affiliate, as an anchor and reporter.

"Like any other work day, I showed up completely sober," Maurer said. "I was stressed, on my way to a live shot in rush hour traffic behind the wheel of a work car, and I accidentally tapped the bumper of the car in front of me."

Maurer said her employer required her to take a drug test following the car accident, which came back positive for marijuana. This happened in May, when the drug was not legal in Oregon.

Maurer said she was fired from her position because of this. NCB5 News reached out the General Manager at KEZI about Maurer.  We were told they could not comment on personnel matters. When asked if the station now has a recreational marijuana use policy, we received the same answer.

According to a spokesperson from the Bureau of Labor and Industries, employers are free to fire a worker if the employee tests positive for marijuana, even when it's legal. Employers can choose to enforce a zero tolerance policy or make changes to their policies.

For more information on Maurer, you can visit her website, www.askmeaboutmarijuana.com.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:10:48 -0700
Pot got former Oregon TV anchor fired, she claims http://kobi5.com/news/item/pot-got-former-oregon-tv-anchor-fired-she-claims.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/pot-got-former-oregon-tv-anchor-fired-she-claims.html Pot got former Oregon TV anchor fired, she claims

Portland, Ore. –- (KGW) A former Eugene, Oregon TV news anchor said she was recently fired from her job for testing positive for marijuana.

Cyd Maurer, 25, said she was driving a work vehicle in May when she got into a fender bender on her way to a live shot.

"I was immediately forced to take a drug test, to pee in a cup, and that was that," she wrote on her website. She also told her story in a YouTube video posted July 23.

Maurer, who graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, said her bosses at KEZI knew she was responsible and told her they wanted her to keep her job, but the decision to fire her after the positive drug test came from a corporate attorney.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:25:38 -0700
Bicyclist sues two drivers after being hit during intersection confusion http://kobi5.com/news/item/bicyclist-sues-two-drivers.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/bicyclist-sues-two-drivers.html Bicyclist sues two drivers after being hit during intersection confusion

Who is liable when drivers direct other drivers?

A crash last November involved two cars and a bicyclist.

One of the drivers waved the other through the intersection. When that car drove through, they hit the bicyclist, who was riding in the bike lane.

Now, the bicyclist is suing both drivers. One for hitting her and the other for directing the other driver to go through the intersection. 

Medford Attorney Kelly Andersen says the case is surprising, "I've never seen or handled a case where a driver's been sued for waving a vehicle ahead or a cyclist ahead."

Andersen said it will be up to a judge to determine if the drivers are liable for the bicyclist's injuries.

The bicyclist, Cynthia Lewellen, is asking for $670,000 in medical expenses and damages.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:03:45 -0700
New traffic cams added to Southern Oregon roads http://kobi5.com/news/item/new-traffic-cams-added-to-southern-oregon-roads.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/new-traffic-cams-added-to-southern-oregon-roads.html New traffic cams added to Southern Oregon roads

Ore. --- Six new traffic cameras are now operating Southern Oregon.

ODOT recently completed the installation of the cameras, which help monitor road conditions.

Three of the new cameras are on I-5, at East Pine in Central Point, Canyon Mountain and Rice Hill.

The other three are on U.S. 101 at Bullards Bridge in Bandon, Oregon 38 at Wells Creek and Oregon 62 at Union Creek.

You can view traffic from those cameras at tripcheck.com.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:21:33 -0700
California Wragg Fire spreads to 6,900 acres http://kobi5.com/news/item/california-wagg-fire-spreads-to-5000-acres.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/california-wagg-fire-spreads-to-5000-acres.html California Wragg Fire spreads to 6,900 acres

(Updated 7/24) Fire officials in California say the Wragg Fire has grown to 6,900 acres and is 20 percent contained.

Officials say one outbuilding and tent trailer has been destroyed by the fire and one structure has been damaged, 150 structures remain threatened.

The cause of the fire, located off of Highway 128 near Greaves Road and Lake Berryessa, was initially reported as a vehicle accident and is still under investigation.


Calif. --- Fire crews in Northern California have their hands full battling a large wildfire.

The blaze, named the Wragg Fire, started Wednesday afternoon near Lake Berryessa and Napa Valley. With help from strong winds, the fire quickly exploded to nearly 6,000 acres.        

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the area and over 150 structures are threatened. 

Officials say the fire, which they believe is the result of a traffic accident, is burning in brush-covered terrain that is rugged, steep and difficult to access.

Photo: NBC Bay Area

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:49:51 -0700
Coast Guard rescues fishermen near Cape Blanco http://kobi5.com/news/item/coast-guard-rescues-fishermen-near-cape-blanco.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/coast-guard-rescues-fishermen-near-cape-blanco.html Coast Guard rescues fishermen near Cape Blanco

Cape Blanco, Ore. --- A Coast Guard swimmer swam nearly the length of a triathlon to rescue four people after their fishing vessel was grounded.

27-year-old Darren Harrity pulled each fisherman more than 250 yards in 57 degree water from their life raft to shore near Cape Blanco early Tuesday morning on July 21st.

The fishermen were met by EMS.

The Coast Guard says they received a report of the fishing vessel taking on water and without power after 1:30 in the morning.

A helicopter was sent to rescue the men, but soon began to experience mechanical issues and was unable to hoist any of the fishermen out of their life-raft.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:19:09 -0700