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    Acrid smoke from the nearly 5,000-acre Whitewater fire cast a haze around Detroit Lake Friday morning as pairs of hikers, who hoped to hop onto the Pacific Crest trail, walked the shoulder of Highway 22 after being rerouted by the smoke and flames.

      Acrid smoke from the nearly 5,000-acre Whitewater fire cast a haze around Detroit Lake Friday morning as pairs of hikers, who hoped to hop onto the Pacific Crest trail, walked the shoulder of Highway 22 after being rerouted by the smoke and flames.

      Companies that want to sell shampoo bottles, food products and other items wrapped in plastic in California will have to cut down their use of the material. That's under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom that sets the nation's most stringent plastics reduction rules. It would require producers to use 25% less plastic for single-use products 2032. That could be met through using less material, switching to another type of packaging or making the products refillable or reusable. It was negotiated by lawmakers, environmental and business groups. Backers of a similar ballot measure have removed their initiative from the November ballot.

      Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive instructing the Washington State Patrol to not cooperate with out-of-state abortion investigations. The order, which was finalized Thursday, was first announced by Inslee at a news conference outside the Capitol last weekend, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Under the directive, the state patrol must not cooperate with most subpoenas, search warrants or court orders from states with laws that ban or significantly restrict abortion access. Any request received by the patrol must be reviewed and processed in conjunction with the attorney general’s office and the governor’s attorney.

      Oregon’s federal public defender says about 80 people inside the state's only federal prison have been on a hunger strike protesting conditions inside the facility. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports federal public defender Lisa Hay said in a statement that they heard last week that some incarcerated people had started a hunger strike, and the government confirmed it on Monday. Oregon’s U.S. Attorney’s Office would not confirm a hunger strike in the detention center at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan to OPB. The facility houses people who have been charged but not convicted of crimes. The Bureau of Prisons confirmed some in the detention center did not accept their meals.

      One of only a few boarding schools for Native American students still run directly by the federal government in Oregon is undergoing a close look at the school’s finances by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General. The office confirmed last month in an email to Oregon Public Broadcasting that it had “initiated an audit of the financial management and financial oversight of the Chemawa Indian School.” The audit came in response to Democratic U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, who requested the inquiry after they felt stymied in their own efforts to look into alleged problems at the school.

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