1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The family of a slain teenager says the
Oregon 19-year-old was a caring, religious person whose presence
will be missed. His life was could not have been more different
from the man and woman identified as persons of interest in his
death. They’re the same boyfriend-girlfriend duo suspected of
murder in Washington state. David Pedersen, a 31-year-old who has
spent nearly half of his life in prison, was arrested yesterday in
Yuba County, Calif., with his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby. They were
driving a car belonging to 19-year-old Cody Myers, whose body was
discovered earlier this week in the woods of Western Oregon.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Six employees of a Portland hospital have
suffered burns to their skin after opening an envelope containing a
powdery substance. Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Paul Corah
says the substance was being analyzed on-scene last night by
emergency responders. The ventilation system at the Portland
Veterans Affairs Medical Center was shut down while the six were
quarantined and decontaminated.

CHARLESTON, Ore. (AP) – Dispatch staffers in the southern Oregon
coast town of Charleston accidentally set off the local tsunami
siren while working to update some notification systems on the
radio network. KVAL-TV reports that the long, solid tone heard
Monday afternoon was not the official tsunami warning tone, which
is an oscillating high-low sound like an air raid siren. Charleston
Fire Department employees stopped the tone mid-cycle.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Democratic senators say they have new
evidence of a black soldier’s heroics during World War I, and want
him to be considered for the Medal of Honor. Sens. Ron Wyden and
Jeff Merkley of Oregon sent a letter asking Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta to consider the honor for Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson. They
say they have a handwritten account from Johnson’s partner on
sentry duty when 20 Germans attacked the 369th Infantry, also known
as the Harlem Hellfighters, on May 15, 1918.

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