1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/06/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – One victim of the recent storms in Oregon is a stretch of road in the Coast Range expected to be bypassed by the state’s most expensive highway project. High water in the Yaquina River eroded the foundation of U.S. Highway 20 six miles west of Eddyville in Lincoln County, and part of the shoulder collapsed into the river. Spokesman Rick Little of the state Department of Transportation says traffic will be reduced to a single lane until repairs can be made, about four days.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Doctors put 100 stiches in a Beaverton police officer’s face after a man picked up a pint glass at a bar and smashed him. The police told The Oregonian that Officer Pete Dalton was off duty early Saturday when he tried to stop a man from touching women on the dance floor at The Dublin Pub. An affidavit says witnesses told police Dalton didn’t touch the man before getting hit with the glass. When other officers arrived, they arrested 25-year-old Jeffrey Scott Schultze of Beaverton.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The new chairman of Washington County Republicans has quit, hours after The Oregonian newspaper published an email in which he equated the Democratic Party with communism and called liberalism an “atheistic cult.” The newspaper reports Gary Bray said he’s returning to his lumber business. State GOP officials quickly distanced themselves from the email, and GOP legislators pressed him to resign. Washington is a swing county pivotal to Republican efforts to reduce Democratic dominance of Oregon politics.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has made the election results official. Brown certified each county’s tally of election results yesterday. More than 1.8 million voters cast a ballot this year, just under 83 percent of eligible voters. The highest turnout was in Wheeler County, where 92 percent of the 956 registered voters returned a ballot. The lowest turnout was in Umatilla County at 77 percent.


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