2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A proposed revision of Oregon trapping rules does not satisfy animal-welfare activists who say pets will continue to be injured or killed. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife proposes that traps be placed at least 50 feet away from public trails. Activists support that step, but are unhappy because the agency has no plans to alter rules regarding the frequency that traps must be checked and there are no requirements that the state’s licensed trappers place large signs warning of the presence of traps.

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) – A man living in Silverton has been sentenced for growing marijuana near two schools. Police say 55-year-old James Payne was sentenced to two years in prison and three years’ probation. Kathleen Eck, who lived with Payne, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years’ probation after pleading guilty. Payne and Eck also have been ordered to pay fines.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The agency that regulates the Oregon’s financial industry says the economy is slowly improving and the health of state-chartered banks is doing the same. A spokesman tells the Oregonian that officials are guardedly optimistic that improvements are being made in the banking industry. Oregon had 36 state-chartered banks in 2006 but is down to 29. During the first quarter of 2012, 25 of the banks posted a profit.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Interstate 5 traffic will detour through downtown Medford tonight while crews repave the roadway between the north end of the viaduct and Exit 30. The work is part of a $3.9 million repaving job on I-5 between the Medford viaduct and Exit 35. Single lane closures will begin around 5 p.m. before the full closures.


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