2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police say an SUV ended up
abandoned on light rail tracks where it was hit by a MAX train
after a motel room burglary in which the vehicle’s owners lost
their car keys as well as other items. No one was in the car when
it was hit early yesterday. TriMet tells The Oregonian that the
operator and four students using the eastbound train for training
were unhurt. Surveillance tape at the motel led police to make
three arrests last night.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Biologists are hoping wild spring
chinook in the Rogue River “dodged a bullet” after a break in an
irrigation ditch sent suffocating muddy water coursing over
millions of freshly laid eggs that represent a big chunk of future
runs. State wildlife biologists say if fine particles of clay
settled around the millions of eggs laid in gravel beds in recent
weeks, the eggs could die. Only half the females in this year’s
wild spring run have laid their eggs so far. The rest should be
able to dig clean nests even if silt settled over the spawning

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration wants to speed up the
construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12
states, including Oregon. The projects are expected to create
thousands of jobs, help avoid blackouts, restore power more quickly
when outages occur and reduce the need for new power plants. A
formal announcement is expected today. A copy of the plan was
obtained by The Associated Press.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Federal biologists say 26 species of
snails and slugs found in old growth forests of the Northwest may
warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The finding
starts a yearlong process for deciding whether to place the
mollusks on the endangered species list. The mollusks are found in
Oregon, Washington and Northern California.

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