3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – A driver is facing charges that he caused
a bicycle rider to crash into the back of his car in Beaverton.
Bicyclist Derrick Fleming says Christopher Williams cut in front of
him Wednesday, causing him to slam on his brakes and fly over his
handlebars into the car. He says Williams “flipped him off” and
drove off. KGW reports Fleming got back on his bicycle and went
after the car until Williams pulled over. Witnesses say Williams
tried to punch Fleming, but missed.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Lane County judge has dismissed a lawsuit
brought by two Eugene girls and their mothers that accused Gov.
John Kitzhaber of failing to protect the state’s resources against
climate change. The judge ruled that the court lacks authority to
order the actions sought in the lawsuit filed last May by
11-year-old Olivia Chernaik and 15-year-old Kelsey Juliana. The
girls wanted the court to order the governor to collect more
information on greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce the impact of
climate change.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups are suing the federal
government to block development of a major wind farm on Steens
Mountain in Eastern Oregon. The lawsuit targets the BLM’s approval
of a transmission line across federal lands that will serve the
Echanis wind farm planned for private land on the mountain.

DAMASCUS, Ore. (AP) – Investigators say an explosion that
destroyed a Damascus mobile home and injured one man started in a
closet that housed the home’s furnace. Fire officials say the
homeowner had recently attempted to make some repairs to the
furnace but exactly what happened Monday was not clear. The blast
blew the resident off the porch. The man is hospitalized in fair

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