1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) – Authorities in Reedsport say they’re
investigating the death of a 28-year-old man as a homicide. The
body of Justin Schneider of Reedsport was found Tuesday in a
stormwater collection basin. An autopsy is planned. City Manager
Scott Somers says a homicide investigation is standard procedure in
such a case, although no foul play is suspected.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – Detectives investigating obituary
burglaries in Snohomish County, Wash., say two suspects are
believed to be driving a car with Oregon license plates.
Authorities have recovered some of the property stolen from homes
while families were at funerals. The Daily Herald says a tip from a
jail inmate led to identification of two suspects believed
responsible for seven burglaries. They’re thought to be driving a
black 2011 Chevrolet Impala rental car with Oregon plate number

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) – The director of Oregon’s liquor agency
appears safe in his job, at least for now. The Oregon Liquor
Control Commission cancelled plans to discuss firing the agency’s
director, Steve Pharo (FEHR’-oh), today. The agency did not explain
the change, and OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott said she didn’t
know why Pharo’s employment status was dropped from the meeting
agenda. Pharo said last month that an aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber
asked him to step down but he has refused.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – No corner of the state would be left
untouched by sweeping changes to the Oregon Health Plan under some
50 proposals from companies wanting to be part of a redesigned
health care system for low-income patients. The plans are laid out
in newly-released letters. The letters also show that some
companies see Oregon’s health care overhaul as an opportunity to
expand into new territories. Groups in every county have said they
want to be among the new “coordinated care organizations.”

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