2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/20/2012 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 50 children from across the country are gathering at the White House for the first kids’ “state dinner,” a luncheon hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. The Oregon winner is 9-year-old Robert Robinson, who won for his recipe for Veggie Pizza. The 54 children ages 8 to 12 are winners of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge in Oregon has lifted an injunction blocking the expansion of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area in Southern Oregon. The Medford Mail-Tribune says the judge’s ruling concluded the U.S. Forest Service had fixed violations of environmental laws in the process of approving the expansion. Opponents including the Rogue Group Sierra Club say they plan to appeal the decision.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A street repaving project has revealed a piece of Salem’s railway history. Crews working on a downtown repaving project along State Street uncovered a section of train tracks believed to have been used by the Oregon Electric Railway, which operated about a century ago. The Statesman Journal says the tracks were part of an electric interurban railway.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Four Oregon men who set out from Portland on longboards have skated into Ashland to complete a 363-mile fundraising ride. The four skaters made a pit stop in Medford Saturday afternoon before completing their four-day skateboarding trek later in the day. They’re riding to raise awareness and money for cancer research.


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