The Oregon Senate on Friday confirmed retired Army Brig. Gen. Erin McMahon as director of the Oregon Department of Emergency Management, the lead state agency on major disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes and floods.

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Upstate secession? Marine veteran pushes a more serious examination

During the midst of the Revolutionary War, when 13 colonies were fighting for independence from Britain, Vermont declared its independence from New York. Now, nearly 250 years later, Marine veteran Jon Pierowicz is pursuing another effort to split NY through his nonprofit “Upstate Independence.”

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