3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/01/2013 10:34 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Lane County man accuses an IRS agent of coercing him into having sex with her by threatening a tax penalty. Vincent Burroughs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Eugene last week suing the federal government and Dora Abrahamson. Abrahamson declined to comment when she was contacted yesterday by The Register-Guard.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the University of Oregon by an instructor who lost his job after he asked disruptive students if they wanted him to shoot them. The judge said Wednesday that Peter Quint “simply crossed the line” with the comment, which was not protected by the constitutional guarantee of free speech. Quint was an American Sign Language instructor who had a policy against using voices in class. After one disruption last May he said, “Do you want me to take out a gun and shoot you in the head?” Several students complained, and his contract was not renewed.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland police gang enforcement detective arrested a 22-year-old man accused of taking his ex-girlfriend’s pet dog. Police are still looking for the dog, a Pomeranian named G-Diddy. The victim told police last Saturday that Jeray Jessie broke into her house and took several items of her personal property and the dog. Detectives found Jessie at a hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound, but refusing to cooperate with officers investigating the shooting.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – The BLM is issuing new policy directives emphasizing “compassion and concern” for wild horses on federal lands in the West, in response to alleged abuse during roundups of thousands of mustangs in recent years. U.S. laws protecting wild horses since the 1970s require the government to treat them humanely when culling overpopulated herds to reduce harm to public rangeland. But the BLM says a series of new internal policy memos issued today will better protect free-roaming horses and burros by centralizing oversight and stepping up daily reports at individual gathers across 12 Western states.


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