3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/03/2012 10:36 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


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. The Oregonian reports that a Benton County judge said he will schedule another hearing to discuss first owner Sam Hanson-Fleming’s request to have the dog released to him. The animal is now in the custody of the Oregon Humane Society.

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – Southern Oregon University has received a $250,000 federal grant to study the possibility of building a biomass plant that could burn wood waste to generate heat and electricity for the Ashland campus. The Mail Tribune reports the $12 million plant could meet all of SOU’s electrical demand and 70 percent of its heating needs.

NEWPORT, Ore. (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 state officials said last night the severed section turned out to be too heavy for a flatbed trailer. So it will stay on Agate Beach north of Newport until a bigger trailer is brought in today.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A federal magistrate has recommended that a lawsuit trying to reverse the firing of an Oregon school bus driver for flying a Confederate flag from his truck should go to trial. Papers filed yesterday in federal court in Medford show the magistrate believes the judge should deny a motion to dismiss the First Amendment case against bus driver Ken Webber.


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