2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/06/2012 09:22 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Barack Obama won big in Oregon four years ago with a 16-point gap over John McCain, and he was the first presidential candidate in state history to take 1 million votes. Obama will likely take Oregon again. But Obama fever has died down, even among young people. So his margin of victory here may well turn out to be less.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon voters have the chance to decide the state’s future on marijuana, gambling and commercial fishing, but the odds are stacked against any of those measures passing. Polling has shown the state unwilling to regulate pot like alcohol. Backers of a plan for a nontribal casino outside Portland stopped campaigning for it after polls showed it was unlikely to pass. Supporters of a measure that would ban use of gillnets by nontribal commercial fishermen on the Columbia River have reversed their position.

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) – With election campaigns ending, all those political yard signs become out of date and have to go. The city of Gresham hopes to keep the signs out of the trash with a free recycling program. The Oregonian reports residents of Gresham and Wood Village can drop off political signs for a week after election day in the City Hall parking lot.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A study of mountain streams in the West over the past 60 years finds the hottest temperatures of summer and the lowest water levels of fall are converging – which is bad news for salmon. The authors say the convergence gives salmon less time to recover from the stress of warm water before the stress of low water hits – 20 to 30 days less time. The study was based on stream flow records between 1950 and 2010 from 22 sites in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Montana and Idaho.


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