2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is in Portland today for a private fundraiser. The Oregonian reports tickets range from $500 for a breakfast to $2,500 for a photo. Romney also held a private fundraiser last July in Portland. He was in Seattle yesterday for a fundraiser and a speech to Microsoft employees about trade policy.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Chief Justice Paul de Muniz says he will not run for re-election as the state’s top judge. In a news release, De Muniz said he’ll serve through the end of his term in January 2013. The 64-year-old justice was first elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2000 and was re-elected to a second six-year term in 2006.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – About 300 police officers and federal agents raided 56 indoor marijuana growing operations yesterday in Clark County and arrested 43 people. The Columbian reports Operation Gang Green also netted about 6,800 marijuana plants. Police say it was the result of a task force investigation that began in 2009, linking a marijuana growing ring to organized crime, money laundering and the hiding of proceeds from unlawful drug sales.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State coach Mike Riley and his players were talking last week about how they could learn from their losses. Now they’re wondering how they can build on their first win. The Beavers (1-4) host BYU (4-2) tomorrow, looking to add to last weekend’s 37-27 victory over Arizona. In addition to limiting the Wildcats to just 53 yards rushing, the Beavers intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and kept Arizona out of the end zone twice as the fourth quarter wound down.

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