3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber has fired two members of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs. He has sent letters to Clifford Walker of Portland and Willie Woolfolk of Medford saying they were terminated immediately. The Oregonian reports no reason was given publicly for the firings, but both men acknowledged conflict with the commission. They were given the option of resigning and refused.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man who has been in the Oregon State Hospital system for 15 years will remain in custody after a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge decided that Donn Spinosa is a danger to society. He was declared mentally unfit to stand trial in the 1997 stabbing death of his ex-wife, and he could still be tried on a murder charge. He’ll be re-evaluated in six months.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says a passer-by pulled a man from a burning SUV last night in Redland. The rescued man was unconscious when deputies arrived. He was airlifted to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) – The bids are in for removing a dock that floated from Japan to an Oregon beach after being set adrift by last year’s tsunami. State officials said yesterday the lowest bids for breaking down the dock and hauling it off range from about $80,000 to roughly $84,500. Towing the dock off the beach to Newport would cost between about $116,000 and $175,000. Officials decide next week.


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