1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 10/12/2012 03:59 AM

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a roaming mob of as many as 75 people vandalized several businesses – including four banks – last night in southeast Portland. Sgt. Pete Simpson says windows were broken at the banks and at a Walgreens drugstore. Witnesses also reported some in the crowd hurled bottles at pedestrians and walked into streets, blocking traffic. Damaged bank branches included an Umpqua Bank, a Wells Fargo, a Chase and a U.S. Bank. Police made no immediate arrests.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Lane County sheriff’s officers say a man found dead after a Eugene-area house fire was killed before the fire was set. Deputies have arrested 41-year-old Robert Charles Baimbridge of Springfield for investigation of murder and arson in the death of 51-year-old Moji Silas Tholl of Eugene. Baimbridge was booked into the county jail yesterday afternoon.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Both sides of a fight over ballot measures authorizing Oregon’s first nontribal casino are claiming new supporters. The investors who would own the casino they’re calling “The Grange” picked up backing from the AFL-CIO on yesterday after agreeing not to oppose efforts to unionize the casino staff. Meanwhile, the opponents announced that the state Republican and Democratic parties had both come out against the proposal.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Opponents of Portland’s plan to add fluoride to the city’s water turned in signature petitions a day ahead of a deadline and with thousands of signatures to spare. Clean Water Portland leader Kim Kaminski says the group submitted more than 43,000 signatures yesterday – far more than the 19,858 required to put the issue before voters. The City Council approved a plan last month to add fluoride by March 2014.


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