1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – Lawyers for an Oregon businessman accused
of murdering his girlfriend are set to begin making their case. The
Roseburg News-Review reports that prosecutors in Pacific County,
Wash., rested their case against 49-year-old Brian Brush on
Wednesday, the third day of the trial. Brush is charged with
shooting Lisa Bonney to death on Sept. 11, 2009 in Long Beach. The
defense is due to begin presenting its case today.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A dozen or so Occupy Portland protesters
are holding onto a piece of a downtown park after a tense night
Saturday with 19 arrests. The Oregonian reports fewer than 20
protesters had two tents set up and a breakfast cart serving coffee
at Shumansky Square between Main and Salmon streets yesterday
morning. Organizer Cameron Whitten says the group is reassessing
and analyzing the police approach to their protests.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A price war at Eugene gas stations has
brought the cost of fuel down as low as $3.09, about 45 cents below
the statewide average. Drivers are flocking to the gas stations
near Main and 42nd streets in Springfield. Many people drove to the stations after learning that per-gallon prices had dropped to $3.09. Others came
across the sales by accident. Workers at the Chevron say they
started dropping their price when they heard about the sale at the
76 station and saw a drop in customers. A manager says what’s lost
in profits will be made up in volume.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Southern Oregon University has made an
effort toward making the campus more gender-neutral. The Mail
Tribune reports more than a dozen gender neutral bathrooms have
been installed across campus. The school has also spent $45,000 to
convert the open floor plan of the former women’s restrooms into
four separated, locking bathroom and shower rooms.

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