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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman says a 75-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries when the nasal tubing providing her with supplemental oxygen caught fire as she smoked a cigarette in her kitchen. Spokesman Paul Corah says the unidentified woman pulled the nasal tubing off but not before her face was burned yesterday. She also suffered from smoke inhalation. The burning tubing also ignited a fire in the woman’s triplex. Damage was estimated at $20,000.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A nursing student who prosecutors say was trying to avoid taking two tests has pleaded guilty to calling in fake threats that prompted evacuations at an Oregon community college. Danielle Sylvia of Salem pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts each of disorderly conduct, menacing and initiating a false report. Sylvia was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to stay away from Chemeketa (sha-MEK’-ah-tuh) Community College campuses. The 27-year-old woman apologized in court.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber will be able to defend the legality of a reprieve he granted to delay the execution of an Oregon inmate. A judge in Marion County yesterday allowed Kitzhaber to join the case. Gary Haugen, who was sentenced to death after a second murder conviction five years ago, argues that the governor’s clemency is invalid because he doesn’t accept it. He also argues Kitzhaber’s reprieve is invalid since it has no specific expiration date and lasts only until the governor leaves office.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden have expressed reservations about plans to export coal from the Great Plains to Asia by moving it through Oregon. The East Oregonian newspaper reports that in regional appearances this month, Kitzhaber said plans for massive coal exports raise questions about the economic and environmental impacts, and Wyden called for a time out so the nation can consider its shift to exporting energy.


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