2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s election battlefield becomes much clearer today as voters narrow the field in a number of races for state and local office. The Democratic primary for attorney general has grabbed most of the attention as two candidates have sparred over their experience, Oregon roots and the state’s medical marijuana law.

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) – With employees on strike, the Eagle Point school district in southern Oregon has resumed classes with substitute teachers crossing picket lines. The district said that more than 2,500 students attended classes yesterday, for an attendance rate of about 63 percent. Bargaining is scheduled to resume today. Class sizes and health insurance are at issue.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Three 15-year-old boys accused of setting the fire that damaged Woodburn High School have been arraigned in court on first-degree arson counts. Yesterday Marion County Judge Tracey Prall told them they would be prosecuted as adults in Friday’s fire. The boys are all students at the school. The district has canceled all classes at the high school this week.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Rural Lane County homeowners could lose fire protection assistance if federal subsidies to timber-producing counties end. The Register-Guard reports that money from the “Firewise” program pays for removing brush and trees to create what firefighters call a “defensible space” around a house and for replacing roofs made of wood shakes with fireproof material.


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