1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/03/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A deal that would have raised new revenue and cut public pension benefits fell apart in the Oregon Senate yesterday when the tax bill failed to get enough Republican votes. As a result, Democrats blocked a vote on a plan to cut pension benefits for retired government workers, sending that bill back to committee. Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney says the Senate will work through the weekend.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Parts of eastern Oregon sweltered through another day of 100-plus-degree temperatures yesterday while the western part of the state saw some reductions. A National Weather Service temperature summary for the day showed Hermiston hit 107 degrees. Forecasters expect a downward trend, however, through the end of the week.

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) – Authorities have identified a woman who drowned at a Lincoln City beach last week as 54-year-old Kathryn Agnes Gent of Vancouver, Wash. Oregon State Police say Gent and her 23-year-old daughter got caught by a rip current. The daughter was able to return to shore, but Gent disappeared for several minutes before being found face down in the water.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The first person of 47 rounded up in a major drug crackdown last May in Klamath County has been convicted. The Oregonian reports 20-year-old Lee J. Harsfield pleaded guilty last week to racketeering as part of the investigation known as Operation Trojan Horse. Harsfield was one of 28 people alleged to have been part of a criminal enterprise to sell methamphetamine.


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