1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/05/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Legislature has kicked off its five-month session, beginning work on a new two-year budget and dozens of other initiatives. As lawmakers convened, several hundred demonstrators massed on the Capitol steps yesterday calling for universal, government-funded health care. Democrats running the House and Senate say they’re focused on jobs and the economy, but they’ll also be pushing housing, immigration and environmental legislation. The budget will be their top priority.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Police in Bend say a 32-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a male guest at his home has been arrested for investigation of murder. KTVZ-TV reports that Lt. Ben Gregory says Luke Anton Wirkkala was arrested last night and held without bail in the early morning death of 31-year-old David Andrew Ryder. Gregory said the two men are known to each other but didn’t provide additional details. An autopsy is scheduled for today. Gregory called Ryder “an invited guest” at Wirkkala’s home.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Attorneys for the father of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman have asked a judge to delay his divorce from the child’s stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman. Kaine Horman filed for divorce in June 2010, less than a month after his 7-year-old son vanished from a Portland school. No arrests have been made in Kyron’s disappearance, but Kaine Horman and the boy’s biological mother say they believe Terri Horman knows what happened to him. Kaine Horman told The Oregonian after yesterday’s hearing that a delay would let the criminal investigation proceed without interference. A ruling is expected in two weeks.

VALE, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon yielded a surprise: five pounds of heroin packed into two Valentine’s Day teddy bear gift baskets. Lt. Gregg Hastings said yesterday that the heroin was valued at $200,000. Hastings says two young women from Phoenix were arrested for investigation of unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance and booked into the Malheur County Jail. The car had been stopped for failing to signal lane changes.


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