2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/01/2013 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon begins a new two-year budget cycle today without a completed budget. Spending authority for government agencies expired at midnight, and the Legislature has not yet approved new spending authority for many state agencies. A government shutdown is not imminent, however, because lawmakers approved a continuing resolution the keeps the government running at current funding levels through Aug. 15.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are still in session, but some legislation already enacted takes effect today. Students who graduate from Oregon high schools will be eligible for resident tuition at the state’s seven public universities, even if they can’t prove they’re legally in the United States. In another victory for immigrants living in Oregon without permission, lawmakers voted to create a new type of driver’s license for people who can’t prove their legal presence in the U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.77. That’s 28 cents higher than the national average. It’s down 3 cents in a week and 14 cents in a month. Some metro prices — Portland $3.77, Salem $3.70, Eugene-Springfield $3.73, and Medford-Ashland $3.75.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s new charity law will punish those nonprofits that spend too little of their dollars on their missions. State officials and nonprofit leaders believe Oregon is the first state in the nation to take this approach. The Statesman-Journal reports the bill will eliminate state and local tax subsidies for charities that spend more than 70 percent of donations on management and fundraising over a three-year period.


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