2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A fire at the Skybox Apartments near the
University of Oregon campus in Eugene prompted the temporary
evacuation of about 100 residents last night. Firefighters tell The
Register-Guard the fire apparently started on a stove in one unit.
The unit’s sprinkler system extinguished the blaze. The new,
student-oriented apartments are located near Matthew Knight Arena.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police are trying to identify a
group of girls shown in an online video slapping and punching a
14-year-old girl on a light rail train. The victim and her parents
tell KGW-TV she was scared but not seriously hurt in the Dec. 26
attack. They say the girl was headed home from shopping and was
listening to her iPod when she was attacked by strangers. The
family asked the station not to reveal her identity. Police say the
girl doesn’t want to pursue charges but transit officers are trying
to identify the attackers.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The two candidates vying to claim Oregon’s
1st District congressional seat have sparred in their latest debate
about job creation, Social Security and who’s telling the truth to
voters. Republican Rob Cornilles and Democrat Suzanne Bonamici met
last night for a televised debate sponsored by The Oregonian and
KGW. Ballots go out Friday for the Jan. 31 special election to
replace Democrat David Wu. He vacated the seat last August amid
allegations he made an unwanted sexual advance on an 18-year-old

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – New projections show that Gov. John
Kitzhaber’s proposed health care overhaul would save less than half
of the nearly $240 million that Oregon lawmakers assumed when they
wrote the state budget. Such a shortfall could require reductions
in Oregon Health Plan benefits or even steeper cuts in payments to
doctors and hospitals.

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