Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions after Measles Outbreak

As measles cases approach numbers that the United States hasn’t seen in 20 years, state lawmakers in Oregon are preparing to discuss a bill that would remove all non-medical exemptions for vaccinations.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what doctors, and lawmakers, are doing to try and stop the spread of the virus.

Survival Story: Sunriver Man Hopes Others Will Learn from his Mistakes

Sunriver resident Jeremy Taylor survived five days in the woods west of Sunriver with only three packets of hot sauce to eat, and his tale of survival capture the world’s attention.

Now, Jeremy is talking publicly for the first time about his ordeal in the hopes that someone else can learn from his mistakes.

Jeopardy! Host Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek released a statement today that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek said he does plan to fight his diagnosis and continue hosting Jeopardy!

Here’s his full statement:

Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.

Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.

Alex Trebek
Culver City, California
March 6, 2019

Bend’s Blockbuster Becomes the Last on Earth

Bend’s Blockbuster was already the last location in the United States when stores in Alaska closed last summer, but with a Blockbuster in Australia planning on shutting its doors, Bend gets to claim a new title – home of the last Blockbuster on Earth.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker stopped by the Bend location to see how they feel about the new title.

Protestors Oppose Trumps ‘National Emergency’ Declaration

Protestors across the county, including here in Bend, took to the streets on Presidents Day to protest President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with local organizers in downtown Bend today and has more on the story.

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Speaks at Oregon State University

Oregon State University hosted a special guest speaker for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday on Monday in Corvallis.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there during the special presentation by Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.

Surgeon General Warns of the Dangers of Vaping

As e-cigarettes gain popularity among youth across the country, the message from Washington is stop smoking.

U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams held a press release today to warn students, parents and educators of the dangers of vaping. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what local schools are doing to deter students from picking up the habit.

Trump Administration Bans Bump Stocks

The White House announced this morning that bump stocks will now be illegal in the United States, a new rule that could be in place as soon as the end of the week.

Bump stocks became part of the national gun debate after a man used guns modified with bump stocks to kill 58 people in Las Vegas last year. Shortly after that tragedy President Trump vowed to ban bump stocks, which until now were considered a “gun accessory” and therefor not covered by federal regulations.

However in a statement today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said bump stocks will now fall under the definition of “machine guns,” which are banned under federal law. Starting as early as Friday, gun owners with bump stocks will have 90 days to destroy their bump stocks or turn them in to local law enforcement.

Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland has more on how the ban could affect local gun owners and dealers.