2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/19/2012 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Oregon still has a chance, however slight, to be in the mix for the national championship game. First, the No. 5 Ducks have to beat rival Oregon State in the Civil War next Saturday. Then, they’d be helped if UCLA beat Stanford next week in Los Angeles. The Cardinal knocked the Ducks off the top of the AP rankings with a 17-14 overtime victory Saturday night. The Ducks also need undefeated Notre Dame to lose to USC next weekend.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The AAA auto club reports the average price of gasoline in Oregon is $3.53. That’s down 8 cents in a week, 48 cents in a month, and it’s 14 cents lower than a year ago. It’s 11 cents higher than the national average. Eugene-Springfield reported the highest prices, with the lowest in the Portland area.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A spokesman for companies that operate six grain terminals in the Pacific Northwest says they have presented a final contract offer to the longshore union. Pat McCormick said in an e-mail late Friday that the offer represents the consortium’s best offer to longshoremen and it is the last one. He did not disclose specifics of the offer. The union contract expired Sept. 30.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Officials are seeking public comments on a plan to close some unauthorized off-road vehicle trails in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The recreation area covers 29,000 acres from Florence to North Bend along the Oregon Coast. It’s a popular playground for riders of dirt bikes, dune buggies and four-wheelers. Nearly 6,000 acres of open sand has been set aside for off-road vehicles.


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