1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Several hundred protesters, some wearing

goggles and gas masks, marched past authorities in a downtown

street yesterday, hours after riot police forced Occupy Portland

demonstrators out of a pair of weeks-old encampments in nearby

parks. Police moved in shortly before noon and drove protesters

into the street after dozens remained in the camp in defiance city

officials. More than 50 protesters were arrested in the police

action, but authorities said officers did not use tear gas, rubber

bullets or other so-called non-lethal weapons.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The sister of a southern Illinois man

who disappeared during a deer hunting trip says she’s given up hope

that he’s still alive. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that

Steve Litsey was last seen Oct. 30 near Roseburg, Ore., when he was

separated from his hunting partner. Authorities stopped searching

for him after a snowstorm four days later.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A new law that gives students flexibility

in transferring to other schools is worrying some school officials.

The law lets students transfer to any school they want in or out of

their home district if there’s room at the school and district

officials have said it’s OK. Medford School Board Chairwoman Paulie

Brading tells the Mail Tribune the board is studying the new law.

School boards have until March 1 to decide whether to allow

transfers next school year.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon may be in the middle of budget

crisis, but that hasn’t stopped state officials from spending

millions on contractors. An Oregonian investigation has found, for

example, lawmakers approved spending more than $4 million on a

consulting firm to represent them in the Portland Harbor Superfund

cleanup case. The Oregonian has reviewed state contracts and

identified nearly $10 billion in state commitments to outside



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