3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – A former Klamath County deputy charged with sex crimes has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and will serve more than three months under house arrest. Joshua Bryant was charged with felony sex abuse for allegedly forcing a woman into sex acts at a vacation property north of Brookings. He pleaded guilty May 6 to one count of harassment and two counts of coercion.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Former state lawmaker and vice provost at Portland State University Mike Burton has pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct for false expense reports. The 70-year-old was sentenced to 18 months of probation. The Oregonian reports Burton paid back $4,500 for a trip to Europe he falsely claimed as a work expense. Burton was elected to the Oregon House in 1984 and served five terms.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge in Portland is being asked to stop fisheries officials from hazing sea lions that feed on Columbia River salmon below the Bonneville Dam. The Humane Society wants Judge Michael Simon to shut down the program immediately while a lawsuit against killing sea lions proceeds.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Some State of Oregon websites that were out of service for much of yesterday are up and running. State officials say the outage was related to trouble at the Texas data center that stores their content. It began around 6:30 a.m. yesterday, but websites were functioning normally by mid-afternoon. The outage did not affect any internal state business operations.


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