1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/03/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber is making life tougher on state workers who smoke. Kitzhaber signed an executive order Thursday banning tobacco use on all property surrounding state offices. It’s already illegal to smoke inside most Oregon workplaces, including private jobsites. The ban doesn’t apply to college campuses or places meant for the public, like state parks.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Boy Scouts of America have asked for extensive redactions to 20 years’ worth of so-called perversion files before they’re released to the public. The 20,000 pages of files containing sex abuse allegations from 1965-1985 were introduced as evidence in a landmark lawsuit in Portland against the Boy Scouts because of the abuse of several youths by an Oregon Scout leader. The Scouts want the redactions to also include the identities of other Scouts, parents and volunteers.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A woman involved in a contentious custody battle over a husky-shepherd dog has made an initial court appearance on a first-degree theft charge. Oregon State University student Jordan Biggs didn’t speak yesterday and didn’t enter a plea. A separate hearing will be held later on first owner Sam Hanson-Fleming’s request to have the dog released to him.

UNDATED (AP) – The salvage team disposing of a Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach after last year’s tsunami has managed to finish the first cut through the boxcar-sized hunk of concrete. But Oregon Parks Department spokesman Chris Havel says the severed section turned out to be too heavy for a flatbed trailer. A bigger trailer will be brought in today.


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