3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A farmer and instructor for the Portland
Meat Collective believes there was political motivation behind the
theft of 23 rabbits. Levi Cole says the rabbits were taken from his
property in a burglary Saturday, the night before he instructed a
class on raising, slaughtering and cooking rabbits. He told The
Oregonian he believes the burglary was politically charged.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland firefighters checked on a man who
had climbed 40 feet up a tree in Portland and was shouting for the
love and respect of trees. A firefighter was lifted up by a ladder
truck yesterday and found that the man was not suicidal and had
permission to climb the tree, so the fire department left. KOIN
reports the tree climber was environmental activist Tre Arrow. He
served prison time for setting fire to cement and logging trucks in
2001 in the Portland area and was released in 2009.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The largest military unit in the Idaho Army
National Guard has a new commander. Col. Don Blunck took command of
the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team during a special ceremony
yesterday at Boise’s Gowen Field. Blunck told the Idaho Statesman
that his first priority is to help soldiers who spent months in
Iraq reintegrate into their daily lives. The 116th is composed of
about 4,500 soldiers in Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland police Gang Enforcement team
is investigating a series of shootings to determine if they are
related. The latest shooting early today hit a car multiple times.
The 17-year-old driver was located uninjured at a convenience
store. He said he was driving through a neighborhood when someone
opened fire. Yesterday afternoon there were four shootings within a
one-hour period. No injuries were reported, but bullets hit cars
and at least one home.

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