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Oregon Guard unit to fly into Eugene airport

Bravo Company's 52nd Engineers are coming home. This Albany-based unit of the Oregon Army National Guard went to Iraq more than a year ago and spent many months in Mosul building orphanages, fighting oilfield fires, removing graffiti and teaching construction techniques to Iraqis.

Guard members fly in today at 10:40 a.m. to the Eugene airport and will travel by bus to Albany. Family, friends and community members who want to show their support should line the route the buses will take to the Linn County Fairgrounds, where a public reception is planned.

The buses will travel north on Highway 99 through Junction City, Harrisburg and Halsey to Highway 34, then east to Interstate 5. The buses will leave I-5 at exit 233, taking Santiam Highway west, continuing on Pacific Boulevard, south on Hill, east on Ninth Avenue, which merges back to Pacific, on up to Knox Butte Road and the fairgrounds.

Ex-legislator gets OK

to run in new district

Former Rep. Jeff Kruse received a green light Friday to run for the Senate from the state's top elections official, who said he was reluctant to do so because the Douglas County politician had violated a constitutional requirement to live in his district.

Kruse, who on Thursday resigned from a district that included east Lane County, moved Oct. 31 outside its boundaries to establish residency in neighboring Senate District 1. It includes Roseburg, where Kruse now lives, and areas of southeastern Oregon.

Secretary of State Bill Bradbury had sought legal advice from the attorney general's office to determine if Kruse was eligible to run for the Senate. He had questioned if Kruse was ineligible because he had apparently violated his oath of office by disregarding a constitutional mandate for legislators to live in their districts, spokeswoman Anne Martens said.

In a letter to Kruse dated Friday, Bradbury wrote, "I am reluctantly qualifying your candidacy for Senate District 1. I take my oath of office with the utmost seriousness. It is apparent to me that you do not. You have put your personal political aspirations ahead of your oath of office to the people of Oregon."

NORTHWEST

Board closes pharmacy selling Canadian drugs

PORTLAND - The state Board of Pharmacy on Friday ordered the closure of a Tigard business that provides low-cost prescription drugs from Canada.

The board reached agreement on the closure after an investigation into Canada Drug Service, one of about 15 such business in Oregon that send customers' prescriptions to a pharmacy in Vancouver, B.C., which in turn sends the medicines directly to the customers.

Canada Drug will not have to turn over its records, including the names of an estimated 300 customers as part of the agreement approved by the board.
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Date:Mar 6, 2004
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