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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Nearly 10,000 state workers who enrolled a

new health program face a monthly penalty since they didn’t fill

out a required online survey by the deadline. The Public Employee

Benefit Board says about 14 percent of the nearly 70,000 people who

agreed to take part in the program didn’t complete a health

assessment by March 31. So, starting in July, they’ll pay a monthly

surcharge of $17.50 per person. A union representative says some

workers had technical problems with the survey.


FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Prosecutors in Fairbanks, Alaska, say

they’re waiting for results of blood alcohol tests before filing

additional charges against a 31-year-old man suspected of driving

drunk and crashing his pickup truck into a car, killing two men –

one of them, from Oregon. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports

Paul Augustus Kirsteatter was arraigned Saturday on charges of

assault and driving under the influence. Twenty-two-year-old Colton

Fettig of Corvallis, Ore., was among those killed.


ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – Ashland police say three repeat offenders

are mostly to blame for a spike in theft and burglary cases

reported in 2011. The Daily Tidings reports there were 689 cases of

theft and burglary in 2011, up from 558 in 2010. Police Chief Terry

Holderness says three low-level offenders account for the bulk of

that increase. He says the offenders seem to have learned that they

will be released quickly after being arrested for low level crimes

as a result of overcrowding at the Jackson County Jail.


BEND, Ore. (AP) – State labor officials say youth unemployment

continues to rise in Oregon even as overall unemployment slowly

declines. Oregon Employment Department regional economist Carolyn

Eagan tells The Bulletin of Bend that the overall unemployment rate

last year was 9.4 percent. But she says it was 19 percent for

workers age 16 to 24, compared to about 11 percent in 2007. Guy

Tauer, another regional economist, says the group has lost more

employment than other age group.

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