2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Triple-A reports the average price of a
gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.95 and in places has broken the
$4 mark. The average is up 6 cents in a week and 45 cents in a
month. It’s 18 cents higher than the national average. Some metro
prices from today’s survey: Portland $3.96, Salem $3.96,
Eugene-Springfield $4.02, and Medford-Ashland $4.03.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Amtrak is gaining in popularity among
commuters who ride between Portland, Oregon City and Salem. Last
year, daily ridership between Salem and Portland on Amtrak jumped
more than 22 percent to about 24,000 boardings. That makes the
route the rail carrier’s fastest growing West Coast corridor.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber has a new 10-year
energy plan he hopes will be able to reactivate green energy in
Oregon. Despite the state’s embrace of wind and solar companies,
they’re not making much of a contribution to the state’s energy
needs. The governor’s plan seeks to take renewables, efficiency and
green transportation from the marginal to the mainstream.

ASTORIA, Oregon (AP) – A Florida-based nonprofit is suing the
Seaside Public Library. The Liberty Counsel says the library
violates the U.S. Constitution by denying access to the library
meeting room for certain religious activities. The Daily Astorian
reports a man with the group wrote a letter in August 2010 seeking
to use the meeting room. Library policy says that meeting rooms
cannot be used for religious services or proselytizing.

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