1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/20/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A dock that floated onto an Oregon beach after being set adrift in last year’s Japanese tsunami will be dismantled and hauled off for disposal. But pieces will be saved for a local memorial. The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation said yesterday it has awarded the contract for disposing of the dock on Agate Beach north of Newport to Ballard Diving and Salvage of Vancouver, Wash., which will do the job for about $84,000. There’s no word yet on when the dock will be removed.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Republican state Rep. Matt Wingard (WING’-erd) is dropping his re-election bid following allegations of misconduct. Wingard announced the move yesterday, but the Wilsonville lawmaker said he won’t resign before his term ends in January. A former aide told authorities earlier this year that Wingard pressured her to have a sexual relationship three years ago and supplied alcohol to minors. The allegations became public in a newspaper report last week.

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) – The Jackson County sheriff’s office says the body of a 69-year-old Bend, Ore., man has been found in the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said two fishermen spotted the body Tuesday morning and called 911. The man was identified as Roy Knight, who was last seen camping at Rogue Elk Park on Monday. The sheriff’s office says an autopsy and toxicology tests are planned, but the medical examiner doesn’t suspect foul play.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A bug that attacks fruit crops and has caused major damage in the eastern United States has shown up this month in the Oregon towns Hood River and Rogue River, both orchard centers. The brown marmorated stink bug has been in the United States since the 1990s and in Oregon since 2004. But, as the agricultural publication the Capital Press reports, they haven’t been found in commercial crops in the Northwest. But in mid-Atlantic states, the bug has been a headache for farmers.


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