3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/17/2012 10:28 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A storm with high winds and mountain snow blew into Oregon overnight, knocking out power in places. The National Weather Service says the highest winds hit last evening with an 84 mph gust at the mouth of the Columbia River and an 81 mph gust at Lincoln City. Utilities are working to restore power outages.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The members of the Electoral College for Oregon are casting seven votes at noon Monday in the state Capitol for President Obama. The Oregonian reports the seven electors are Oregon Democratic Chairwoman Meredith Wood Smith, First Vice-Chairman Frank Dixon and the five Democratic chairs of each congressional district: Mike Bohan of Beaverton, Shirley Cairns of Oakland, Michael Miles of Grants Pass, Sam Sappington of Albany and Joe Smith of Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man waving a sword delayed firefighters who arrived at burning home in North Portland. KATU-TV reports that the firefighters had to wait for police to detain the man Saturday evening. He was also holding a shield. Portland police say firefighters encountered the 69-year-old man on the front porch. Officers tried to talk to the man, but he kept swinging the sword and yelling incoherently.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – The FAA says authorities are investigating the crash of an Oregon-bound small plane in eastern Nevada. The single-engine Piper PA31 aircraft crashed Saturday19 miles southeast of Ely, Nevada. It was on its way from Mesa, Ariz., to the Portland-Troutdale Airport. KTVN-TV says investigators believe at least two people were on board. Their fate is unknown.


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