1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police have arrested a man they say
matches the description of the person who robbed a southeast
Portland bank and left behind a fake bomb in a backpack. Sgt. Pete
Simpson said 50-year-old Tom Cloud was booked into jail on a
federal hold. The Oregonian reports that police say the robber
walked up to a drive-through window at a U.S. Bank branch about
9:20 a.m. yesterday and demanded money, saying he had a bomb in his
backpack. He took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled, leaving
the backpack behind.

SUTHERLIN, Ore. (AP) – A Washington man is in custody after an
Oregon State Patrol trooper watched him hit a deer near Sutherlin,
Ore., and keep driving for seven miles. At the stop on Monday
night, the trooper found 23 pounds of marijuana in the man’s car.
Now, 26-year-old Christopher Goheen of Olympia, Wash., faces
charges of unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled
substance. The marijuana was valued at $57,000.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A health management consultant says a
proposal to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan has the potential to
eventually reduce Medicaid costs by as much 50 percent. But in the
short term, health care is likely to cost more than lawmakers have
budgeted. Doug Elwell told a health policy board yesterday that
Oregon could save as much as $115 million from the General Fund in
the first year by implementing proposed health care changes that
focus on preventative medicine and coordinated care.

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon fuel cell manufacturer says it
is expanding into central Europe with a contract to sell $85
million worth of fuel cell systems to an Austrian company.
ClearEdge Power Inc., in Hillsboro, said yesterday that the
contract will provide fuel cell systems that can generate 8.5
megawatts of power to Gussing (GOOS’-ing) Renewable Energy GmbH
over the next three years. It’s the first phase of a plan to
provide cells that will produce up to 50 megawatts of power by the
year 2020.

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