3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Another 145 cases of whooping cough were reported in the past month in Oregon, bringing the total for the year to more than 290. That’s triple the number at this time last year. The Oregonian reports more than a third of the cases are in Washington County. The disease is an epidemic in Washington with more than 1,900 cases this year.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The trial of a Springfield woman accused of smothering her newborn child is expected to go to the jury today after closing arguments from her defense lawyer. The prosecution wrapped up its case yesterday urging jurors to value the baby’s life. Angelica Swartout is charged with aggravated murder and faces at least 30 years in prison if convicted. This is her second trial. The first trial ended in February with a hung jury.

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) – The Reynolds School Board approved a new teachers’ contract that was agreed upon after a five-day strike. The Oregonian reports the yesterday’s approval was reluctant with several board members dismayed by what they called the strong-arm tactics of the Reynolds Education Association.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Nike says it plans to sell two of its brands – Umbro soccer gear and Cole Haan shoes and accessories – to cut costs and focus on its namesake brand. The Beaverton company says more potential lies in its Nike products and its Jordan, Converse and Hurley brands.


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