1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/10/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season. The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Monday evening, when there was a rash of lightning strikes. Authorities seized two guns and more than 1,000 little pot plants.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Dalai Lama says he was 24 when he began to understand pollution. The 77-year-old Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said at the University of Portland yesterday it happened when he went to India and was told there was water he shouldn’t drink. He is scheduled to deliver a lecture at the University of Oregon today and another tomorrow in Portland.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Two Republican state representatives want voters to decide whether to overturn a new law that allows immigrants living in Oregon without legal permission to obtain driver’s licenses. Rep. Kim Thatcher and Rep. Sal Esquivel are behind a referendum submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office. They need 58,000 signatures in 90 days after legislators adjourn.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers have decided minors should not be allowed in tanning salon beds. The bill passed the Senate 16-13 yesterday. It now heads to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who has said he will sign it. One exception was allowed: They can tan with a doctor’s note. An amendment to allow 17-year-olds to tan at a salon with a parent’s permission was dropped.


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