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Albany cafe serves up second chances to people in recovery

Hiring managers at Burger King refused to take a risk on Holly King. She realized her history of drug use overshadowed her qualifications and sobriety, she said. “What is the point?” King, 35, said. “I’m trying to be successful, and nobody wants to give me a chance.” That was, until JC’s Cafe did. The cafe

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Pets get picky about protein in veterinary study

Dr. Jean Hall knows animal nutrition inside and out. She hears many misconceptions from pet owners about what their dog or cat should be eating. Sometimes the comments come from strangers on airplanes who catch a glimpse of her work. “They’re telling me their opinions,” she said, “so it’s difficult for me to convince them

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Latino cheese producers pave the whey in Albany

A huge steel vat of churning curds and whey sits in the center of a stark white room. Tall cooling tanks hum quietly. Nearby, factory workers in long, white lab coats and hair nets slosh across the wet floor in tall boots. Elsewhere in the factory, another worker stands over a red strainer crumbling soft

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Bumblebee atlas documenting Northwest’s at-risk bee population

Bumblebees buzz around a small garden at Oregon State University, landing on pink flowers and popping in and out of tiny holes drilled into logs. Andony Melathopoulos, a pollinator specialist at the university, stands smiling among his beloved bees. “They’re adorable,” Melathopoulos said. He’s worried that scenes like this could soon disappear from the Pacific

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Lack of housing forces residents to look beyond Corvallis

With two days left to find a house and rejections from 11 apartment complexes, a Corvallis couple found themselves on the verge of losing their chance for a stable home. Kenneth Wiggington, 46, and his wife, Christian, 24, struggled with drug addiction and homelessness. Kenneth Wiggington had a criminal history. The state had taken custody

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Corvallis likely won’t have men’s shelter this winter

For the past three winters, Walter Clark has lived at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter in Corvallis. Clark, 58, wears a gray hat on his bald head and carries a camouflage backpack on his shoulders. His hands and voice shake a little. At the shelter, Clark could get a cup of hot coffee, a friendly

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