2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – An Oregon man accused of driving drunk
and causing a Vancouver, Wash., crash that killed an infant has
pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The Columbian reports that
26-year-old Christopher Roman of Hillsboro will be sentenced Dec. 9
to between 4  1/2 and 5  1/2 years in prison. Prosecutors said Roman was
drunk and driving fast on Aug. 21 on northbound I-5 when his car
struck a disabled vehicle on the side of the freeway, killing a
3-month-old baby inside. The child’s parents were fixing a flat
tire on their car.

GONZALES, La. (AP) – Louisiana authorities are trying to
determine why an Oregon Portland woman drove the wrong way on
Interstate 10 Tuesday afternoon, killing herself and another
driver. Gonzales Police say 59-year-old Brenda Quiett of Portland
had visited with family Monday in Baton Rouge and left for New
Orleans Tuesday to catch a flight home. For reasons that are still
unclear, police said Quiett drove her rental car onto eastbound
I-10 but headed west, crashing head-on into another car. The crash
killed her and a local woman in the other car.

BROOKS, Ore. (AP) – Fire officials in the Willamette Valley say
a natural gas leak prompted them to evacuate 10 homes and a
business and close a road last night south of Brooks. Firefighters
found a large leak coming from a valve station owned by NW Natural
Gas when they responded. Due to the potential for explosion,
Portland Road was closed and nearby residents were asked to leave.
Gas company employees stopped the leak in just over an hour, and
all is back to normal.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S.
for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a ban on
funding horse meat inspections. Pro-slaughter activists estimate a
slaughterhouse could open in 30 to 90 days with state approval. The
meat would be shipped to Europe or Asia. United Horsemen President
Dave Duquette of Hermiston says no site has been picked yet but
he’s lined up plenty of investors who have expressed interest in
financing an American-owned slaughterhouse.

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