2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Board of Education votes today on whether to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding. If approved, eight high schools would need to change their nickname and mascot by July 2017 or lose state money. Seven schools identified as the Warriors would only have to alter their mascot.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Officials are handing out pink slips and cutting law enforcement to the bone in an Oregon county where voters have rejected a levy to plug a $12 million budget gap. The Josephine County sheriff and district attorney have already started to cut staffing to levels probably not seen since the region was settled during the 1850s Gold Rush.

CHILOQUIN, Ore. (AP) – Fire crews in south-central Oregon are fighting a wildfire that has destroyed two historic buildings at the Bray mill Fish Hatchery. Officials said yesterday the Braymill fire started from an unmonitored burn barrel and has burned about 17 acres on private and national forest land northeast of Chiloquin.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates have a message for Democratic leaders and federal prosecutors with an eye on political office: Don’t mess with pot. One of the nation’s largest drug policy groups is claiming credit after former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton was defeated in the Democratic primary for Oregon attorney general. He had been the early favorite to win. Retired judge Ellen Rosenblum easily defeated Holton after saying she’d make marijuana enforcement a low priority.


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