3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/12/2012 10:27 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland City Council votes today on whether to add fluoride to drinking water to fight tooth decay. Portland is the largest U.S. city without fluoridation. Medical experts say it’s a safe and effective way to keep teeth healthy. Opponents dispute whether fluoride is safe and say adding the mineral to drinking water violates a person’s right to consent to medication.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – Ex-Mazama High School volleyball coach Robert Thompson who was accused of having sex with a student has pleaded guilty to sex abuse. The Herald and News reports the 52-year-old faces a two-year prison sentence. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped additional sex abuse charges.

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) – A three-year battle over a swimming pool in the back yard of a West Linn home has ended with a municipal court judge ruling that the homeowners built the pool in a wetland without a permit. The next step is for the city and the homeowners to decide whether they have to remove the 1,100 square-foot pool and whether they will have to pay a fine of as much as $360,000.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – In 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Bonneville lock and dam and the Bonneville Project Act to bring hydroelectric power to the Northwest. On Saturday officials and members of Congress from Washington and Oregon will celebrate the dam’s 75th anniversary at the site 40 miles east of Portland.


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