1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/24/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A city spokesman says about 2,400 gallons of sewage has overflowed from a public toilet in Portland’s Waterfront Park and drained into the Willamette River in the downtown area. Spokesman Linc Mann said grease blocking a sewer pipe caused the overflow yesterday. Maintenance workers have stopped the release and cleared the line.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The head of Multnomah County’s health department was arrested on an accusation of domestic violence, but her husband declined to press charges. Lillian Shirley allegedly bit her husband Monday evening, hours after he had asked for a divorce in an e-mail. The 65-year-old Shirley has led the county health department since 1999.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Federal timber payments held up by the mandatory budget cuts will start showing up in Oregon timber county accounts next week. U.S. Department of Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw said yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Land Management revised its earlier estimate on when the $1.9 million in payments to the O&C counties would be processed.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Sen. Ron Wyden is zeroing in on his plan for boosting logging on federal lands in Western Oregon and helping rural counties beset by money problems. The Oregon Democrat announced yesterday a more specific framework for legislation to address complaints that the so-called O&C lands have not been turning out the level of money for timber counties they did before logging was cut back to protect the northern spotted owl and salmon from extinction.


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