3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 04/12/2013 10:35 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The lawyer for a man who was mistakenly shot by a Portland police officer has filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than $11 million in damages. The Oregonian reports the lawsuit says police violated the civil rights of William Kyle Monroe through false arrest, assault and negligence. Officer Dane Reister shot Monroe in June 2011 with a shotgun he thought was loaded with beanbag rounds. Reister was indicted on assault charges and remains on paid leave.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The founder and president of Portland’s Oil Re-Refining Company, Bill Briggs, says cleaning up oil contaminated with PCBs has been a “nightmare.” The company picked up 1,300 gallons of contaminated oil in 2010 from two customers. Before tests showed high levels of PCBs it had been blended with other reclaimed oil and fouled multiple sites, storage tanks and transport trucks. The EPA ordered the company last week to destroy 150,000 remaining gallons of contaminated oil at an incinerator.

MILLERSBURG, Ore. (AP) – Fire crews have controlled a zirconium fire that posed special challenges at a rare metals manufacturing plant in Millersburg. Fire officials say crews responded yesterday to ATI Wah Chang after a report of a combustible metals fire that was extending to a building. No one was injured. Officials said zirconium metal can react violently when it comes in contact with water so fire crews couldn’t use that. Firefighters used special extinguishing powders and sand to control the blaze.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon legislators have begun hearing public testimony on a proposal that would grant short-term driver’s licenses to people who live in the country illegally. Under the bill, immigrants who have lived in Oregon for at least a year and meet other requirements would be eligible for four-year driver’s licenses without proving U.S. citizenship.


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