2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/17/2012 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press


SEATTLE (AP) – Washington and Oregon crews just aren’t enough to fight ongoing wildfires in Washington state. So the officials who coordinate wildfire coverage in the northwest have called Canada for help. More than 100 firefighters and support crew are expected to arrive in Washington today. They’ll join about 3,500 Washington and Oregon crews already fighting five large fires in Washington state.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Nurses and union reps are asking lawmakers for more help caring for the mentally ill at both the Salem and Portland campuses of the Oregon State Hospital. Staffers tell The Statesman Journal violence at the hospital has reached unacceptable levels, blaming the problem to having too few staff to take care of the patients.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say one man is dead after a single vehicle crash west of Grants Pass yesterday morning. The Oregonian reports witnesses said the victim’s van crossed the center line, nearly hitting another vehicle head-on, continued off the road and crashed onto a tree.

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. (AP) – Hundreds of people gathered this weekend to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. The Columbian reports the event Saturday included honored guests arriving in a motorcade of 1930s-era cars. The Bonneville Dam was the first of 31 federal dams on the Columbia Basin, including 11 on the Columbia River.


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