2nd News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police are investigating after a box
containing a beef heart was left at the front door of a Portland
house. A note was left at the mailbox. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the
state medical examiner’s office determined it was a beef heart,
which can be purchased at any grocery store. The residents say
they’re mystified. Simpson says the note wasn’t a threat but also
didn’t indicate the dropped-off heart was a joke or a prank either.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – An 18-year-old Oregon woman accused of
driving drunk and causing a young man’s death in a car crash has
pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and drunken
driving. A state police report filed in Josephine County alleges
Rachel Greentree had a blood alcohol level of .41 percent after the
Feb. 4 crash near Murphy. That’s five times the legal driving limit
of .08 percent. A passenger in Greentree’s car, 19-year-old Maxx
Christopher of Merlin, was killed.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – Republican Art Robinson says he’s running
once again for the 4th District congressional seat held by Peter
DeFazio. The Roseburg News-Review says no other Republican has
filed for the May 15 primary. As he kicked off his second run,
Robinson made it clear he’s looking toward November and a rematch
with Democrat DeFazio.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Republicans in the Oregon House are pushing
to expand logging in state forests and tap more water from the
Columbia River. The concepts are perennial debates in the
Legislature that rarely collect enough steam to pass. But a
partisan tie in the House has changed the dynamics, giving
Republicans a rare opportunity to potentially carry them farther.
Proponents say the measures would help create jobs. Opponents say
they would harm endangered species, among other concerns.

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