3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/16/2012 10:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of western Oregon through tomorrow as temperatures are expected to crack the century mark. Forecasters say people should watch for heat exhaustion or heat stroke and wear a life jacket if they cool off in lakes, rivers or the ocean.

UNDATED (AP) __ Four major wildfires are burning across Oregon, all started by a series of lightning storms last week. An evacuation advisory remains in force for homes outside Lakeview and near the Drews Reservoir. The wildfire continues to grow on its southern end in California, where it is burning timber and sagebrush on the Modoc National Forest.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – An audit has found that the state of Oregon overpaid $41 million in jobless benefits last year. The state has sent letters to everyone who received too much money telling them to pay it back. The deputy administrator of unemployment benefits, Dee Anna Hassanpour, told the Statesman Journal that the volume of claims from the recession swamped her office.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Marion County sheriff’s office has ended its active search for a 52-year-old hiker missing in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. Ronald Ohm of Portland became separated from his companions Aug. 9. The sheriff’s office says they ended the search after exhausting all leads. They say Ohm has a medical condition that requires daily medication.


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