Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A national effort to put abortion bans
into state constitutions is looking for its first victory next
month in Mississippi, where voters are being asked to approve an
amendment declaring that life begins when a human egg is
fertilized. Supporters hope the so-called personhood initiative
will succeed in a Bible Belt state that already has some of the
nation’s toughest abortion regulations. Oregon is among at least
four other states where people are gathering signatures for
personhood initiatives to go on ballots starting in 2012.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) – Oregon voters may be asked to decide
next year whether the state should ban studded tires. The Baker
City Herald reports Portland resident Jeff Bernards plans to
collect 80,000 signatures to put a measure banning studded tires on
the November 2012 ballot. The Oregon Supreme Court last week
approved the wording of Bernards’ proposed ballot measure.
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police are investigating the
death of a woman whose body was found on a Lincoln County beach
near Beverly Beach State Park. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports
no evidence has been found to indicate the death is associated with
a crime. Someone walking on the beach found the adult Asian woman
dead just north of Spencer Creek Bridge. She had no ID and
authorities believe she’d been in the ocean for a few days.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Eugene student who feared deportation even
though she has lived most of her life in the United States has been
granted a visa and will be able to apply for permanent residency
and citizenship. The Register-Guard reports 18-year-old Edith Gomez
received the news by phone last Tuesday as she studied at the
Churchill High School library. Gomez was born in Mexico. When she
was 1, her parents brought her to the United States illegally.
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