3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/13/2013 10:35 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


BOISE, Idaho (AP) – With another extreme Western fire season predicted, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are visiting the National Interagency Fire Center to discuss what their agencies are doing to prepare. Even before today’s visit, weather forecasters at the center in Boise already laid out a grim scenario for 2013. That’s because a dry winter and signs of a warming trend have them concluding the fire activity will be above normal in West Coast states, as well as Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Arizona.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.92. That’s up 26 cents in a week, and it’s 34 cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from today’s survey — Portland $3.91, Salem $3.92, Eugene-Springfield $3.96, and Medford-Ashland $3.94.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – A 31-year-old man is in the Clackamas County Jail on a burglary charge after a bizarre break-in at a Wilsonville home. Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies say a man removed an air conditioning unit from a window early yesterday and entered a bedroom where an 11-year-old girl was sleeping. KATU reports he said “Hi” and went to sleep. The girl got her father who woke the man up and told him to leave. The man said it was his Uncle Bob’s house but finally walked away. He was arrested about a quarter-mile away.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s one-casino-per-tribe policy is being tested by the Coquille Indian Tribe as it pursues a slightly different gaming operation in Medford. The tribe proposes a video gaming operation at a bowling alley. The Mail Tribune reports there currently are nine federally recognized Class III casinos in Oregon that allow craps, roulette, blackjack, other table games and video gaming. The Coquille proposal is for a more modest Class II operation.


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