Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Hospital says a security technician helping other staffers deal with a behavioral incident involving a patient collapsed and later died last night. A spokeswoman says other staffers started CPR and the man was taken to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. She says it appears the man suffered some kind of medical emergency. State Police say an initial investigation does not indicate there was any crime.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Many of the scores of people who showed up for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s town hall meeting in Baker City wanted to talk about the Forest Service plan to bar most motor vehicles from about 3,600 miles of roads in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Baker City Mayor Dennis Dorrah told Merkley that road closures would make it impossible for irrigation officials to reach diversion dams. He says he’ll appeal the plan.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s regional mass transit agency plans to increase fares by as much as 19 percent and eliminate its free-rail zone downtown to help close a budget deficit. TriMet projects a shortfall of between $12 million and $17 million, pending the outcome of contract talks with workers. The free-rail zone has been a staple of the mass-transit system since it was adopted in the 1970s to fight air pollution.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The executive director of the Linn-Benton Housing Authority is wanted in Delaware on an accusation she abandoned a son who had been adopted from that state. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that Cleo Klepzig faces a misdemeanor charge of child abandonment. Klepzig says she returned the special-needs child to an office of the Family Services Division because he had been abusing a sibling.
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