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>>Man Rescued From Path Of Train

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a man is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after being rescued from the path of a train after his vehicle plunged off an embankment and onto the tracks.  Police say the incident happened in the area of Northeast 27th Street and Lombard in Northeast Portland around 8:13 last night.  Portland Fire & Rescue crews who arrived at the scene got the man, who was pinned inside the car, out of the vehicle as an oncoming train approached.  The car was removed from the tracks before the train got there.   

>>Oregon Couple Tips Waitress With Crystal Meth

(Seaside, OR)  --  An Oregon couple is behind bars after they allegedly tipped their waitress with an envelope of crystal meth.  Authorities say Ryan Benson and Erica Manley had dinner and drinks last week at the Twisted Fish Steakhouse in Seaside.  After paying their bill with a gift card, the couple offered the waitress an envelope with a question mark written on it.  The server called police once she realized what was in the package, and officers arrested the couple after allegedly finding more than 17 ounces of meth in Manley's purse.

>>Number Of WA Pot Business Applications Surpasses 6,600

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Liquor Control Board says it has processed more than 66-hundred marijuana business applications.  They include nearly 27-hundred producer applications, more than 19-hundred applications for processing, and more than two-thousand for retail sales.  The deadline to submit applications was December 20th.  Only 334 retail licenses will be issued, but there's no set limit on the number of marijuana growers and processors.

>>Portland-area Gasoline Prices Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting a rise in gasoline prices.  The average in the Portland area for a gallon of regular is just above three-34, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's also about a penny a gallon above the average of a week ago.

>>Sacramento Tops Blazers, 123-119

(Sacramento, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are on a two-game losing skid after falling to the Sacramento Kings, 123-119.  After falling behind in the third quarter, the Blazers staged a furious rally in the fourth, only to come up short.  Damian Lillard led all scorers with 41 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 in a losing effort.  Portland will be back home tonight to host the Orlando Magic.   

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