1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/18/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


OAK GROVE, Ore. (AP) – A 7-year-old Oak Grove girl is credited with helping her family escape a house fire. KATU says Alexus Osburn woke her family when their home filled with smoke at about 2 a.m. Saturday. There were no injuries and the family escaped, and so did their dog. The girl’s father, Bill Osburn, called 911. The girl says she woke up to use the bathroom and saw the smoke, then woke up her brother, father and his girlfriend. There were no working smoke alarms inside the home. Bill Osburn says he turned them off because he was heating the home with a wood stove. Damage from the blaze was estimated at $20,000.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Police say they found no bomb after a threat was called into a strip club. The Oregonian reports more than 80 people were evacuated from Doc’s Club when a bomb threat was called in around 9 p.m. Saturday. Officers say they walked through the bar and found a bag that did not belong to any employees working that night. The bomb disposal unit checked the contents of the bag and found it was safe. Police are still trying to figure out who called in the threat.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Used-car dealers top the list of Oregon businesses receiving the most consumer complaints filed with the state. The Statesman Journal says the Oregon Department of Justice received 11,625 consumer complaints in 2012. Complaints about telemarketers accounted for the largest share, but only about one-third of those complaints were about Oregon-based businesses. More than one-third of the used-car dealer complaints centered on failure to disclose previous damage.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Based on the experience of past failures to ban toxic chemicals from everyday items like baby bottles and food cans, environmentalists and child advocates are taking a longer and market-driven view. A bill before the Legislature, HB3162, would set up a database to track the use in manufactured products of 19 chemicals shown to be harmful to children, and work with manufacturers to phase out the chemicals. The bill is patterned after a law in Washington state.


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