1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/18/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s minimum wage is going up to $8.95 an hour. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced the 15-cent increase yesterday. The raise takes effect Jan. 1. State law approved by voters in 2002 directs the commissioner to adjust the minimum wage for inflation every September.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A family gathered for a reunion pulled eight Oregon children from a lake with a steep drop-off where two girls already had sunk to the muddy bottom. The family passed the kids along from person to person until they reached shore. The Oregonian reports the children, whose ages ranged from 6 to 13, were taken by ambulance to hospitals with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Law enforcement officials declined to identify the family of the rescued children.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The plea hearing for a Woodburn priest accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy has been postponed. The Oregonian reports that Judge Thomas Hart recused himself from the case yesterday. The judge declined to say why. The priest, Angel Armando Perez, has been charged sexual abuse, use of a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing liquor to a minor and tampering with physical evidence. Judge Susan Tripp has now been assigned to the case.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – About 100 demonstrators have marched in Portland to mark the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Demonstrators in Portland, Seattle and various other cities took to the streets yesterday to mark the anniversary of the Occupy protests. In Portland, KATU-TV reports protesters stayed on the sidewalks. Police didn’t intervene.


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