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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lane County sheriff’s officers say an 84-year-old Eugene man who left a note expressing anger toward his wife of 60 years apparently shot her to death, then turned the gun on himself. Sgt. Cliff Harrold tells The Register-Guard the county medical examiner has ruled that 82-year-old Lois Hart was a homicide victim and Leonard Hart committed suicide. Deputies went to the Hart home Sunday after a 55-year-old daughter found them dead in the kitchen. They were last seen Friday.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Sprague High School teacher has been arrested in Salem and placed on paid administrative leave after a 17-year-old student claimed to be having a sexual relationship with him. Forty-nine-year-old Michael Montgomery was arrested yesterday for investigation of second-degree sex abuse. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer called Salem police after finding them parked in a prohibited area of a wildlife refuge and talking to the teen, who said her relationship with Montgomery was sexual.

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials say they’ve taken another look at the blaze that caused $310,000 damage at the historic Palace Theatre in Silverton and decided it was accidental. Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen, one of the co-owners, said after the April 11 blaze that he suspected a popcorn machine. Silverton Fire District spokesman Ed Grambusch now says investigators have decided the fire did start in the concession stand area — although the popcorn machine has been ruled out.

UNDATED (AP) — Federal regulators have dropped the import license for a liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline proposed in Oregon while still to evaluating switching to exports. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made the decision yesterday on the Jordan Cove Energy Project, which wants to build a terminal on Coos Bay to ship LNG to Asia. The project includes building a pipeline to link with the Ruby Pipeline near the California border to draw on natural gas developed in Wyoming.


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