1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of sending
threatening letters containing white powder to members of Congress
has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. The Oregonian says that
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel set a June trial date for
39-year-old Christopher Lee Carlson. A hearing to determine whether
Carlson should remain in custody was set for April 5. The U.S.
attorney’s office in Portland says the letters, postmarked
Portland, tested negative for toxic substances.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The crew of a Skywest-operated Alaska
Airlines plane asked Port of Portland police to meet their incoming
flight from California after two children refused to stay in their
seats and buckle their seat belts. An airline spokeswoman says
officers talked with the family of two adults and two children,
aged 3 and 8, after the flight landed Tuesday at Portland
International Airport. She says an airline supervisor talked to the
family about the need to comply with federal air regulations.

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – A legal battle is shaping up over records
of the port in Coos Bay and its negotiations for a coal export
terminal. Environmental groups have filed formal requests for
records detailing the proposal. The port said it would charge the
groups thousands of dollars so a lawyer could determine whether
information in the records is confidential or public under state
law. Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier told the port it
can’t charge the Sierra Club $16,000 to evaluate the records.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Bottled water foes are asking Gov. John
Kitzhaber to stop a deal to allow Nestle to build a bottling plant
at Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge, 45 miles east of
Portland. Nestle wants to bottle spring water, some of which is now
used at a state salmon hatchery. Environmental activists are asking
Kitzhaber to tell the Fish and Wildlife Department not to swap
water rights with the city. That would give the hatchery access to
city well water and the bottler access to the spring water.

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