1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A former Salem mayor was among those joining
in an Occupy Salem demonstration on the steps of the Oregon state
Capitol. Former Mayor Mike Swaim told a crowd that the Statesman
Journal estimated at more than 300, “Now is the time to take the
country back from Wall Street racketeers.” Protesters say they’re
fighting for the vast majority of Americans who do not fall into
the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man and his girlfriend have both
admitted to taking part in the killing of the man’s father and
stepmother – the first two killings of a crime spree that police
said has left four dead across the Pacific Northwest.
Thirty-one-year-old David Joseph Pedersen told a California
newspaper in a jailhouse interview he killed his father and was
responsible for the three other killings in Washington, Oregon and
California. And Pedersen’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Holly Grigsby,
told investigators she killed his stepmother using two knives.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – The Clackamas County, Ore., sheriff’s
office says more than 50 volunteer searchers hunted successfully in
heavy rain and wind for a Portland woman missing in the Mount Hood
National Forest. Sgt. James Rhodes says the search for 47-year-old
Lidiya Russu will resume today. Low cloud cover prevented the use
of aircraft in Monday’s search. The area is described as very
remote, steep and rugged.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Public Employees Retirement system is
gearing up to start collecting millions of dollars of overpayments
sent out to Oregon retirees. The Oregonian reports that the Oregon
Supreme Court ruled last week that the state can start collecting
the overpayments. The issue came up in 2006 when the PERS board
tried to collect overpayments made between 2000 and 2004 based on
an overestimate of investment returns.

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