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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A 27-year-old Oregon woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for starving and physically abusing two of her four children. A jury convicted Maria Moss of Rickreall of four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment. The children, her oldest, were 12 and 9 at the time. The Statesman Journal reports the abuse came to light when the 12-year-old boy ran away and was caught shoplifting food. He told a Polk County deputy about conditions at home.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say a bicyclist has died in a hospital from injuries suffered in a collision with a large truck in downtown Portland. The Portland Police Bureau identified the cyclist yesterday as 28-year-old Kathryn Leah Rickson. Officers say Wednesday night’s collision occurred while the truck driver was attempting to make a right-hand turn.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Board of Education has voted to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding. The vote yesterday gives Oregon some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos. Eight high schools will need to change their nickname and mascot by July 2017 or lose state money. Seven schools identified as the Warriors only have to alter their mascot.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Four regional mail processing centers in Oregon have survived the first round of consideration for closure to save money for the nearly broke U.S. Postal Service. A spokesman says the centers in Pendleton, Bend, Salem and Springfield are not on the latest list for consolidation, so will remain open through the vote-by-mail election and the holiday season. The centers weren’t among 140 nationwide slated for closure in phase one, but will be considered among 89 centers in phase two.


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