2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/08/2013 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The National Interagency Fire Center more than 80 percent of the 51 largest wildfires last year were sparked by lightning. That includes the Long Draw and Holloway fires, which together burned more than 1 million acres and were among the largest in Oregon’s history. Nationwide, wildfires cost more than $580 million to fight last year.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Bend police have announced a reward of as much as $10,000 as they search for a serial arsonist blamed for seven fires that broke out within minutes early Wednesday. Investigators believe all seven fires were caused by the same person or persons. No one was hurt but an historic church and adjacent building were damaged.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The former owner of a software company accused of trying to evade millions of dollars in taxes has been convicted. Chester Davis of Oregon City had told his court-appointed lawyer not to offer a defense, saying he does not recognize the authority of the court. Prosecutors say he used corporate profits to buy more than $5 million in gold.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a man was critically wounded in a knife fight early today in a Portland parking lot. The man was found about 1 a.m. with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police are searching for a suspect.


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