2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/09/2012 09:28 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Experts say the Portland area’s manufacturing sector is poised to take off if such basic problems as worker training and industrial space are addressed. The Oregonian says nearly 20 percent of Oregon’s state gross state product comes from manufacturing, making the state second only to Indiana in the economic influence of the industry. Experts say manufacturers have dramatically increased productivity in the past few years and they still have capacity they aren’t using.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Fire officials say 10 children were taken to local hospitals after they complained of breathing problems while at a swimming pool south of Portland over the weekend. Fire officials say the children, ages 4 to 8, suffered breathing problems Saturday evening while wading at ClubSport Oregon in Tualatin. Authorities said a pipe in the pool occasionally vents chlorine vapors but that it had not sickened anyone in the past.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A red flag warning for fire danger is posted in Oregon’s upper Hood River Valley and the western Columbia River Gorge. KGW says thunderstorms late today are expected to develop, producing lightning in the eastern slopes of the northern Oregon and Southern Washington Cascades. The warning is in effect until tomorrow afternoon.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Ten years after Oregon’s largest recorded wildfire charred southwestern Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, the forest is slowly rebuilding from the ground up. The Mail-Tribune reports that scientists are keeping tabs on the aftermath of the so-called Biscuit fire to understand its long-term effects.F or example, young conifers including pine, fir and several rare Brewer spruce rise from the ground.


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