2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama delivered yesterday’s commencement address at Oregon State University, telling graduates to live life for themselves, not for anyone else. The first lady said life is defined by more than a paycheck, and urges graduates to focus on what they have rather than what they lack.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 67-year-old Washington County woman is recovering from injuries suffered when she was trapped for nearly four days under a dresser that fell on her. KGW-TV reports that neighbors asked deputies to check on Virginia Cartier at her Cedar Mill home on Friday after not seeing her in a while. Deputies forced their way into the woman’s home and found her pinned underneath the dresser. Cartier had been trying to move the dresser.

SEATTLE (AP) – Sen. Maria Cantwell says West Coast communities should get federal help to deal with debris that has crossed the Pacific Ocean following last year’s Japanese tsunami. A 66-foot dock ripped loose by the big waves washed up on an Oregon beach this month. The dock carried tons of sea-life, including potential invasive species. Cantwell says invasive species pose a serious threat to the coastal economy.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – An organization that works to prevent child abuse and strengthen at-risk families has received a big gift, just as it begins construction on a new facility in Springfield. The Register-Guard reports that local philanthropist Robin Jaqua has given $1 million toward the Relief Nursery’s $3.9 million project.


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