1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/19/2012 04:00 AM

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CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) – Two surfers who were trapped in a small ocean cove just north of Cannon Beach have been rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. The agency says it diverted a helicopter to the area yesterday after Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue reported the surfers’ plight. The helicopter found them on a rocky outcropping on the cove, lowered a rescue swimmer and hoisted the surfers to safety.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Government scientists are in the midst of a 10-day trip, surveying southeast Alaska beaches for debris from last year’s deadly tsunami in Japan. While there have been several high-profile instances of debris from the tsunami reaching U.S. shores, groups that routinely clean ocean trash from Alaska beaches have reported a difference in the volume and type of debris they’re seeing this year, leading them to believe more debris from the disaster has arrived.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber’s ambitious overhaul of Oregon’s Medicaid system will continue even if the U.S. Supreme court strikes down President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. But state officials said yesterday that the court’s decision could jeopardize plans for a health insurance marketplace where individuals and small businesses could shop for coverage.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Multnomah County sheriff’s office says a body found in the Willamette River in Portland is that of a 30-year-old Oregon City man reported missing earlier this month. The county medical examiner identified the body Monday as that of Harold Leroy Murrain. He was reported missing June 7. The medical examiner says Murrain drowned and there are no indications of foul play.


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