3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – One person has been killed in a two-vehicle crash on the Astoria-Megler Bridge. State Police say the Highway 101 bridge at the mouth of the Columbia River will be closed for several hours or the investigation. ODOT says the nearest alternate bridge is the Longview-Kelso bridge to Highway 30 near Rainier.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Officials at a southwest Oregon school district think a name change would help them retain students. The Phoenix-Talent School District lost 54 students this year to the neighboring Ashland district, under a new state open enrollment law. The four choices for a new name are Rogue South, South Valley, South Rogue and South Rogue Valley.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Under new state education benchmarks, Oregon school officials are paying extra attention to sixth-grade attendance. It’s part of the achievement agreements between districts and the Oregon Education Investment Board, created by the Legislature to oversee reform. The districts will be looking at sixth-graders with an attendance rate of less than 90 percent.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Supreme Court’s new chief justice says state courts need more money to stay open and avoid delays. Tom Balmer was sworn in yesterday in Salem to a six-year term to replace retiring Justice Paul De Muniz. The Statesman Journal reports Balmer said budget cuts have delayed judgments in divorce and child-custody proceedings and contract disputes.


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