2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 70-year-old Tillamook-area woman has died, nine days after she was rescued from a submerged car. State Police say Helga Garling died Saturday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Garling was injured April 17 when the car she was riding in with her husband plunged down a 100-foot embankment and into the river east of Tillamook, trapping her for about a half hour. Her husband told troopers he might have fallen asleep.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle School Board is asking Anaheim School Superintendent Jose Banda to lead the Seattle school district. The district says when contacted Sunday night, Banda expressed his willingness to take the job to replace Maria Goodloe-Johnson who was ousted last year in a financial scandal. One of two other superintendents who interviewed and withdrew is Sandra Husk of Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber travels to Washington this week to work with federal officials on finalizing details necessary for the state to implement a strategy to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan. The governor wants to create new coordinated care organizations to oversee mental, physical and dental care for 600,000 low-income patients.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – In Southern Oregon, conservation organizations are using what a biologist calls strategic grazing to protect tiny freshwater shrimp and an endangered plant. At a 132-acre site near Eagle Point, cattle graze at a seasonal body of water called a vernal pool in the winter. That helps to keep unfavorable grasses from invading the wetlands habitat. In the dry season, the cattle are taken off to protect the species that have adapted to the vernal pool habitat by going dormant.


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