2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/21/2013 09:35 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Supreme Court says Gov. John Kitzhaber can delay the lethal injection of a death-row inmate who wants to waive his appeals and speed his execution. The state’s highest court ruled yesterday that Kitzhaber did not overstep his power when he granted a reprieve delaying the execution of double-murderer Gary Haugen. Kitzhaber opposes the death penalty and intervened weeks before Haugen was scheduled to be executed in 2011.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – Two young sisters were hit in an Oregon City crosswalk and firefighters described injuries to a 6-year-old as life-threatening. Injuries to her 10-year-old sister were minor. Police say the car was driven yesterday by an 86-year-old Milwaukie man. A teenage sister with the girls was not hit.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – The Bend City Council won’t decide until next month whether to ask voters to increase the city’s room tax from 10 percent to 12 percent. The Bulletin newspaper reports that council members were set to vote Wednesday on a plan to put the issue on the November ballot, but opted to wait until July 10. The proposal is opposed by Mt. Bachelor – the region’s biggest tourist draw – as well as the city’s largest convention center and several midrange hotels.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) – Workers today plan to wrap bee-proof netting around blooming trees in a Wilsonville parking lot in an attempt to prevent the deaths of more bees. Portland-area bee experts estimate at least 25,000 bumble bees have died in the lot since last weekend. The bees were clustered under dozens of linden trees. State officials say tests to confirm the cause of the deaths could take two or three more days. They are checking for insecticides as well as possible natural causes.


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