3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/28/2013 10:35 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORT HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Officials have identified a body found this month behind a Michigan thrift store as that of an 89-year-old woman from Oregon. St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies say Mary Gertrude Grenia of Salem was identified using X-ray comparison from medical records. A 49-year-old woman from Salem is believed to have dumped the body and remains in custody in Illinois. Authorities have said the body was hidden more than a week under snow and blankets behind the store. The cause of death hasn’t been released.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The Lane County sheriff’s office says a woman who jumped in the Siuslaw River near Mapleton to escape police last week survived the plunge and is still on the run. Capt. Byron Trapp tells The Register-Guard investigators found out that 31-year-old Tasha Marie Gustina is alive and well. Officers are looking for her for probation violations. She has a 2011 conviction for possessing methamphetamine.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – There is another disagreement between Pacific Northwest grain terminals and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. A lawsuit filed on behalf of Local 40 contends Portland-based Columbia Grain wrongfully stopped using union marine clerks. The suit asks a judge to order the company into arbitration with the union. The lawsuit is unrelated to the ongoing lockout of longshoremen at the United Grain terminal in nearby Vancouver, Wash.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Sierra Club is opposing a ballot measure to add fluoride to Portland’s drinking water. A spokeswoman for the Oregon chapter of the nation’s largest environmental organization said yesterday that fluoridation would “degrade some of the purest drinking water in the world.” The Portland City Council last year unanimously approved a plan to add fluoride. Opponents, however, quickly gathered more than 30,000 signatures to force a referendum that’s set for May 21.


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