1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/13/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – The Defense Department says a Southern Oregon soldier has died in Afghanistan. He’s identified in a Pentagon statement as 37-year-old Army Capt. James D. Nehl (NEE’-ul), who died of small arms fire on patrol Friday in Ghazni (GAHZ’-nee) Province. He was from Gardiner in Douglas County and was based at Fort Riley, Kan. He was the eighth Douglas County resident killed in Afghanistan or Iraq since 2005.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police say a gunman pulling a robbery at a bar fired two shots but ran off without any money. Police say a bartender had closed up The Daily Planet in southeast Portland early yesterday when the gunman confronted him and told him to reopen the place. When the bartender had difficulty with the door, the robber fired a shot, and when the bartender got the door open, the robber fired another shot. But police say the robber then fled. The bartender wasn’t hit.

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) – Firefighters in Milwaukie are blaming the careless use of candles for a fire in a duplex where the power had been shut off because residents were having trouble with their bills. The Clackamas Fire department was called out Friday, and firefighters were greeted by heavy, black smoke. Crews controlled the fire in half an hour. Investigators said Monday they’d determined that the candles touched off the fire, although it’s not clear exactly how. There were several burning in the home.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Budget cuts in the Beaverton School District have resulted in a massive shuffle of teacher jobs, and some teachers find themselves in unfamiliar courses. The Oregonian reports on a high school history, economics and government teacher who’s now instructing middle-school math. She’s got a license to teach it, but never has. Beaverton, which has 51 schools, has cut 344 positions. At least 390 teachers have been transferred. The district estimates about 160 are in “significantly different positions.”


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