3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/18/2012 10:41 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A prominent state lawmaker has given his support to Measure 80, an initiative that would legalize marijuana use by adults. Democratic State Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland tells Mail Tribune he supports regulating marijuana in a manner similar to the regulation of alcohol under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Oregon voters will decide this November on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act.

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a 50-year-old man was fatally shot in a late night encounter with two The Dalles police officers. The Oregonian reports the man was shot past midnight inside a home where police were sent to investigate a rape. Police say the suspect initially cooperated with them, but later threatened them with a knife. That prompted the officers to fire their weapons.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Federal auditors are recommending that the EPA recover $9 million in stimulus grant money that went to a Eugene non-profit to upgrade trucks with clean diesel technology. Inspectors found problems with Cascade Sierra Solutions’ accounting and promptly urged the EPA to consider suspending or barring the organization from all current and future grant awards.

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


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