3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) – The Japanese dock that was washed away in last year’s tsunami and landed on the Oregon coast last week is attracting thousands of visitors to Agate Beach near Newport. State officials say 11,000 cars were counted at the Agate Beach parking lot from Wednesday through Sunday. In comparison, the beach gets 400 cars on a typical Saturday. Bidding closes tomorrow on bids from companies to remove or destroy the 66-foot dock.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Homeless advocates have asked the Eugene City Council to provide land where they could set up a camp for the homeless. Occupy Eugene operated a camp last fall that was open to the homeless. Authorities closed the camp in Washington-Jefferson Park in December after a man was fatally beaten.

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) – Crook County health officials suspect a man being treated at a Bend hospital has bubonic plague. The man in his 50s had contact with a sick stray cat. The disease can spread through contact with a sick animal or a bite from an infected flea. A family member told KTVZ the man is in critical condition. Plague is rare in Oregon. Only three human cases have been diagnosed statewide since 1995.

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Jackson County sheriff’s office says the death of a 3-year-old boy at a rural Ashland home was an accident. The boy was run over Sunday afternoon in the driveway. A spokeswoman told the Mail Tribune that deputies did not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.


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