2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/29/2013 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


LA PINE, Ore. (AP) – An 86-year-old man in Central Oregon has been arrested for investigation of murder after his 83-year-old wife was shot dead. Deschutes County Sheriff’s office says Lawrence Loeffler is suspected of shooting Betty Loeffler Monday after domestic dispute. Deputies found Betty Loeffler’s body was on the back porch of the couple’s home in La Pine.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Firefighters say thanks to a smoke alarm, a Salem woman and her grandchild escaped a fire in her home. Marion County Fire District 1 says damage from yesterday’s fire was limited to one room but there was smoke damage throughout the home. Investigators determined the fire was started by the child playing with a cigarette lighter.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state regulators are fining the owner of a derelict barge for spilling oil into the Columbia River during an illegal salvage operation in 2011. The state yesterday announced the $405,000 fine against Bret Simpson and his company, Principle Metals LLC. The agency says it found that the spill was caused by Simpson’s negligence and that he failed to notify state authorities about the spill. The spill took 10 months and more than $22 million in federal money to clean up.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Myrlie Evers-Williams, who gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration last week, has sold her home in Bend. Evers-Williams moved there in 1989 with her second husband, Walter Williams, a labor and civil rights activist. He died in 1995. Her first husband was Medgar Evers, a civil rights leader killed in 1963 by a white supremacist.


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