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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Police say an 11-year-old girl has died after falling out of a party bus window in downtown Portland. The Oregonian reports the bus was carrying about 20 kids to a quinceañera (KEEN’-sen-yer-uh) party where they were going to meet their families. The girl fell out of an emergency window on the bus around 6:30 p.m. when it turned a corner. Police spokesman Robert King says the force of the girl’s body against the window during the turn caused her to fall out.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A man has died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 99W that closed a stretch of the highway for several hours. Monroe Fire Department chief Rick Smith says the motorcycle, a passenger car and a minivan were involved in the collision, which occurred yesterday about five miles north of Monroe. The motorcycle driver died at the scene.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A dispute between an Oregon charter school and the local school district offers some insights into the complex and sometimes tense relationship between charter schools and their sponsoring districts. Oregon’s charter school law was passed in May 1999. Oregon was the 38th state to enact such a law. As of April 2012, 41 states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Federal officials say they will round up thousands of wild horses and burros across six Western states starting today. The roundups will take place through February on drought-stricken range lands in Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Contractors for the Bureau of Land Management will use helicopters plus bait- and water-trapping methods to corral a total of 3,500 wild horses and burros.