News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Wed, 27 May 2015 04:53:36 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients http://kobi5.com/news/item/taco-bell-and-pizza-hut-removing-artificial-ingredients.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/taco-bell-and-pizza-hut-removing-artificial-ingredients.html Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients

Pizza Hut is going au natural the restaurant says it's removing artificial ingredients, colors and flavors from all of its pizza recipes by the end of July.  

The pizza chain's parent company, Yum Brands, says its Taco Bell stores will follow suit with a similar move. 

Pizza Hut CEO David Gibbs says the change is due to customer demand.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 16:23:18 -0700
Gresham woman escapes kidnappers http://kobi5.com/news/item/gresham-woman-escapes-kidnappers.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/gresham-woman-escapes-kidnappers.html Gresham woman escapes kidnappers

Gresham, Ore. -- A Gresham woman is safe after being kidnapped in her own home Saturday night.

Police say a Gresham couple forced their way into the 28-year-old victim's home, where they handcuffed and assaulted her. 

They say the victim escaped after the couple smoked marijuana and fell asleep. Police say the victim was romantically involved with the man, David Vasquez, but she was not aware he was involved with another woman.

Vasquez and Ruth Orozco-Rivera are charged with kidnapping, assault, and robbery, among other charges.

Photo: Gresham Police

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Tue, 26 May 2015 16:00:38 -0700
Program allows owners away from home to play with pets http://kobi5.com/news/item/program-allows-owners-away-from-home-to-play-with-pets.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/program-allows-owners-away-from-home-to-play-with-pets.html

PORTLAND, ORE. -- (KGW)  Have you ever wondered what your pet is doing when you're away at work?

A Boise-based company has come up with a way to not only check on your pet from anywhere in the world, but also physically play with it.

At least virtually.

It's technology the Oregon Humane Society started using five years ago.

Right now you can log onto the organization's webpage and "play" with cute and cuddly kittens in real time.

The cats play with toys that you remotely operate.

You can even control the camera in the kitten's playroom.

"It's a blast when you get a cat who really wants to play with you," said David Lytle of the Oregon Humane Society.

I-Reach, the company that created the system, says it has been so popular that it's now being used in 27 animal shelters across the country.

"We've had over two million users from 170 countries and those users have said, 'Hey if you ever make this for the home we would love to have one,'" I-Reach founder Scott Harris said.

The company has now started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to fund an in-home version. They have until June 15 to raise the money to start developing it.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:55:05 -0700
Oil spill fouls California coast http://kobi5.com/news/item/oil-spill-fouls-california-coast.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/oil-spill-fouls-california-coast.html Oil spill fouls California coast

Santa Barbara, Calif. --- (NBC News)  Crews are working to contain an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil spilled along the coast of California near Santa Barbara.

An on-shore pipeline burst Tuesday, dumping the oil into the Pacific Ocean.

The spill was discovered when a woman smelled the fumes while standing on the beach.

By late Tuesday thick layers of crude had started to wash ashore.

Officials say their first priority is to clean up the spill quickly, but despite their best efforts, it' still going to take some time.

"This could take some time. It takes a lot of planning, bringing in the right people, the right resources, the right equipment," explained Coast Guard Captain Jennifer Williams.  "It's not our intention to use dispersants. We're going to look for the best way - the most environmentally friendly way to mitigate the oil spill - to pick it up; to clean it up, to skim it, and get the beach back to it's pristine condition."

The pipeline was constructed in 1991 and is owned by Houston-based All American Pipeline.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1R3BRC5

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:30:30 -0700
Oregon marijuana committee sets new restrictions for medical marijuana http://kobi5.com/news/item/oregon-marijuana-committee-sets.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/oregon-marijuana-committee-sets.html Oregon marijuana committee sets new restrictions for medical marijuana

Salem, Ore. -- An Oregon Senate special committee has passed new restrictions on medical marijuana.

The Senate Special Committee on implementing Measure 91 passed a proposed retail sales tax for marijuana that would replace the harvest tax approved by voters. The committee set regulations on building an inventory tracking system for growers, processors and dispensaries, inspection requirements and an Oregon residency requirement. 

They also agreed on a provision that allows local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their jurisdictions.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 14:49:42 -0700
FOUND: Officials confirm missing/runaway Sutherlin teen home safe http://kobi5.com/news/item/officials-searching-for-missing-sutherlin-teen.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/officials-searching-for-missing-sutherlin-teen.html FOUND: Officials confirm missing/runaway Sutherlin teen home safe

Updated (5/22 10:30 a.m.) The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says on Friday, around 8:00 a.m. the Douglas County Emergency Communications received a call from Amy Lykins reporting that her son, Tyler Lykins who was reported as a runaway/missing person, had returned home.

A Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy responded to their residence and confirmed that Tyler was in good condition.


Sutherlin, Ore. -- The family of a Sutherlin teenager is asking for your help in locating him.

14-year-old Tyler Lykins was reported as a runaway to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and he's has been missing since early Thursday morning.     

Lykins is described as 6 foot and 135 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

The family says the eighth grader has never ran away before.

If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Here is the Facebook post from Tyler's mom, Amy Lykins:

 

So my son, Tyler, ran away yesterday. He is 14 years old. I was waiting to see if he would come home, but this will be...

Posted by Amy Lykins on Friday, May 15, 2015

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Tue, 19 May 2015 13:35:33 -0700
Oregon aiming to ban the sale of palcohol http://kobi5.com/news/item/oregon-aiming-to-ban-the-sale-of-palcohol.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/oregon-aiming-to-ban-the-sale-of-palcohol.html Oregon aiming to ban the sale of palcohol

Ore. --- An Oregon bill aimed at banning the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, will head to the Oregon House this week.

Oregon Senators passed bill 9-37 in April in a 29 to one vote. 

Palcohol was given federal approval in March, it's powder you add water to, shake and drink.

Lobbyists say the product could easily get into the hands of children. Seven states, including Washington have already banned the sale of powered alcohol.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:28:03 -0700
Volunteers in Seattle hand out free meth pipes http://kobi5.com/news/item/volunteers-in-seattle-hand-out-free-meth-pipes.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/volunteers-in-seattle-hand-out-free-meth-pipes.html Volunteers in Seattle hand out free meth pipes

Seattle, Wash. --- Some see it as controversial and it's illegal under state law, but volunteers behind a needle exchange in Seattle are now giving out meth pipes to drug users for free.

We've been asked not to show you the actual exchange, but in an alley in Seattle’s University District, drug users can pick up meth pipes for free, five days a week.

The program, launched by a group called "The People's Harm Reduction Alliance" started about two months ago.

Executive Director Shilo Murphy says the demand's been growing ever since. "People kept coming to our program and saying that they were getting syringes because they didn't have access to a pipe."  About 25 to 30 are given out each day.

"The theory behind what's happening here is that by handing out free pipes, some drug users will steer away from using needles, thus cutting down on certain diseases.

Regg Thomas, Urban Survivors Union, "Whatever the reason is why both parties don't have their own, they wind up sharing, well, this program has prevented that because all it takes is a cut orally and you've transmitted a disease possibly." 

Whether the theory works is still up for debate, there are some who believe this program does nothing more than discourage people from quitting.

according to Washington state law, handing out drug paraphernalia like these pipes is illegal, murphy says he knows that."And so was syringe exchange 25 years ago and yet we have syringe exchange and it's proven to be one of the biggest HIV prevention tools for injection drug use in the state." 

Murphy says the first-of-its-kind program has reduced some risky behaviors and helped get a number of users tested for Hepatitis C.

On top of handing out the pipes here, users can also pick up wound care kits and get crucial information about treatment.

"By engaging them, we give back people self-worth, give back people's desire to live better in life and live better in society."

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:19:50 -0700
Mount St. Helens 35th anniversary http://kobi5.com/news/item/35th-year-anniversary-of-mount-st-helens-eruption.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/35th-year-anniversary-of-mount-st-helens-eruption.html Mount St. Helens 35th anniversary

Wash. --- 35 years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted in the state of Washington at 8:32 a.m.

The eruption took place on May 18, 1980, and it was coined "the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the united states,"

57 people were killed in the eruption, likely from asphyxiation after the air filled with hot ash, but the fatal eruption didn't come as a surprise.

Two months prior to the eruption, a 4.2 earthquake rocked the volcano, a bulge was created on the side of the volcano and by May 18th, 1980 earthquakes had been recorded at the volcano.

The volcano's top blew off, reducing the mountain's height by over 1300 feet.

900,000 tons of ash were removed from the surrounding areas and damages cost an estimated $1.1 billion dollars.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:08:18 -0700
Police grateful for Amber Alert smartphone technology http://kobi5.com/news/item/police-grateful-for-amber-alert-smartphone-technology.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/police-grateful-for-amber-alert-smartphone-technology.html Police grateful for Amber Alert smartphone technology

Medford, Ore. -- Police in Tillamook County arrested a woman accused of abducting her 3-year-old daughter, who was no longer in her custody. Kaitlyne Wirth was arrested Friday morning.

She's accused of taking the child from a home in North Bend.

An Amber Alert was issued on Thursday evening and was soon canceled after the child was found alone in a car along Oregon 99 near Cottage Grove.

Oregon State Police said a citizen who heard about the Amber Alert over the radio recognized Wirth's car and called 911.

Wirth is now in the Tillamook County Jail.

When the Amber Alert was issued around seven o'clock Thursday night, many people living in Southern Oregon received an unmistakable message on their phones. It's a technology that's keeping people in the know so they can help.

Derek Noble, who works at U.S. Cellular said it was loud when everyone in the store who had a smartphone, received the notification.

"It actually comes pre-loaded on all the cell phones and for law enforcement, the technology is a life saver," said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

"It's extremely helpful to have that ability to reach out and hit thousands of people immediately," said Budreau.

For some Southern Oregon residents, it was the first time they ever received a notification. 

Budreau said that's because Amber Alerts are rare. 

"It's for children that are missing and in danger," he explained.

That's why when it does happen, time is of the essence.

"The more time that goes by, the more chance of something bad happening to the child," said Budreau.

However, with advanced cell phone technology and more people getting a heads up, missing and endangered kids are more likely to be found.

In 2013 smartphones began acquiring the ability to have automatic alerts sent to the phone through the Amber Alert system. 

If smartphone owners don't have to sign up, they will still receive notification since it's free and comes already installed on newer smartphones. 

Noble said back in 2005, U.S. Cellular was the first cell phone carrier to partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to alert people who opted in to receiving information on Amber Alerts in their area.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 18:19:50 -0700