Oregon News from the AP

Date: 12/24/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A teen who survived the Dec. 11 shooting at an Oregon shopping mall says she didn’t realize the gun that shot her was real until bullets started whizzing past. KPTV shared on Saturday 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko’s perspective on what happened that day, when two other people died. The teen was walking home from school and took a shortcut through the mall. When she heard the first shots, she hid behind a pillar with her best friend, but when she looked down, she realized she had been shot in the chest. She says she initially thought Jacob Roberts, the alleged gunman, was pulling a prank.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The city of Eugene has stopped destroying possessions of homeless people living in camps in response to a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court ruled in September that seizing and destroying possessions left in public places violates the U.S. Constitution. The Register-Guard says Eugene is temporarily taking a hands-off approach to homeless encampments. Mark Schoening, acting parks and open space director, says the city has halted all cleanups of homeless camps until the city attorney drafts a legal and practical procedure for dealing with them.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Native Americans around the Pacific Northwest gathered this weekend in shopping malls to drum and dance in solidarity with Canadian tribes involved in a treaty rights protest. The Oregonian reports tribal members from the Portland area planned to meet at Pioneer Place mall for a brief demonstration involving singing, dancing and drumming. A proposal before the Canadian government set off protests across Canada earlier this month before spreading south. The “Idle No More” movement started with treaty rights but has broadened to include issues like indigenous rights, sovereignty and living conditions.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Legislature and Supreme Court have at least one definite topic on their agendas in the new year: finding a solution to the state’s foreclosure standstill. The Oregonian reports Oregon’s new foreclosure mediation program was supposed to give homeowners one last chance at keeping their homes. Instead, it brought out-of-court foreclosures to a halt. The logjam was compounded a week later by an appellate court ruling that lenders’ recording practices didn’t meet state law. Five months later, foreclosures are taking the court route, which is slower and costlier for all involved.


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