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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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