2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/12/2012 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State officials say more than 1,000 Oregon homeowners per month will qualify for mediation sessions with their mortgage lenders to explore ways to avoid foreclosure. As a new state law takes effect, it’s still a mystery how many people will actually request mediation. But officials working on the program say they’re hopeful Oregon’s mediation law will reach more homeowners than similar but little-used laws in other states.

TALBOT, Ore. (AP) – A fire official says eight cars of a train carrying logs have derailed, spilling the logs and blocking a road south of Salem. The Jefferson Fire District says only the conductor and the engineer were aboard the northbound Portland & Western Railroad train late yesterday afternoon near Talbot. They were not hurt. The cleanup is expected to take several days.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – More firefighters have been sent to help battle growing wildfires in Eastern Oregon, where the hamlet Frenchglen in Harney County has been put on notice that residents may be advised to leave. Fire managers say triple-digit temperatures and low humidity are helping the fires grow.

CANBY, Ore. (AP) – Clackamas County authorities say a highway worker was placing warning signs about a road construction project when he was struck and killed by a car north of Canby. Deputies say Gregory Priest of Salem was hit Tuesday evening and was pronounced dead at a Portland hospital. Sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Phillips says Bruce Dancer of Aurora was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.


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