1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/19/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Obama administration has approved Oregon’s application for a waiver from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law. Oregon joins 31 other states and the District of Columbia that have been allowed to waive the federal law’s requirement that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014. The waiver is conditional on Oregon coming up with a plan to evaluate teachers and administrators.

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) – Fire management officials say more than 1,600 lightning strikes in central Oregon are blamed for igniting nearly two dozen wildfires. The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center tells KTVZ-TV most of the new fires were quickly contained. However the Buck Creek Fire about 17 miles northeast of Hampton had burned across about 3,500 acres by last night.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man who stripped nude at Portland’s airport security to protest what he saw as invasive measures has been found not guilty of indecent exposure. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Rees ruled yesterday that John Brennan’s act was one of protest and therefore, protected speech.

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) – Seaside Aquarium crews are working to help a 5 and a-half-foot-long soupfin shark that was found struggling on a nearby beach. The Aquarium’s Keith Chandler tells KGW-TV saving the shark found yesterday morning will be an “uphill fight.” If it survives, KGW says the shark will go to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.


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