1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/19/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 15-year-old girl seriously wounded when a gunman killed two people and then himself last week at an Oregon shopping mall has been released from a hospital. KATU-TV reports an update posted on a Facebook page managed by the girl’s family says she is “now home with the family and in very good spirits.” The update says she has a long way to go until full recovery.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed legislation requested by Nike Inc., in exchange for expanding in Oregon. The governor’s signature yesterday gives him authority to promise the athletic-wear giant that the state won’t change the method of calculating its taxes. State lawmakers approved the legislation during a special session on Friday.

O’BRIEN, Ore. (AP) – The Josephine County sheriff’s office has identified a man who fell from a small aluminum boat and drowned while trying to cross the West Fork Illinois River near the community of O’Brien. Thirty-year-old Shawn Carroll drowned Monday afternoon. Neighbors, the Illinois Valley Fire District and American Medical Response personnel searched the area and found the body about 45 minutes after a 911 call.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Agriculture is pressing ahead with its controversial plan to allow canola production in the Willamette Valley. The agency now proposes sharply limiting the amount that can be grown at 2,500 acres per year. Canola has been banned from the Willamette Valley for years as canola fields can bring new pests and cross-pollinate with sensitive plants.


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