1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/15/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The law allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon comes with more than a few unanswered questions. Opponents, including Rep. Andy Olson, say the bill, which goes into effect in March, allows growers to set their own prices and will lead to widespread abuse of the medical-marijuana system. Supporters say the market will set the appropriate prices for growers’ labor and other costs.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Legislature has allocated $10 million for work on the Coos Bay rail line. Democratic state Rep. Caddy McKeown of Coos Bay says the additional money will go to repair bridges and help the port meet new load-rating requirements. A port spokeswoman tells The Register-Guard engineers have identified at least $25 million in repairs needed within the next few years.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A 32-year-old man has died after losing control of his pickup truck along Detroit Lake and plunging into the water. The Statesman Journal reports the man was traveling on Highway 22E just before midnight Saturday when the pickup crossed lanes, went down a steep embankment and became submerged in the lake. State Police troopers found the victim dead inside the pickup.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – For the 34th year, volunteers scanned the waters and banks of McKenzie River, cleaning up 70 miles of the waterway. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Saturday’s annual McKenzie River Cleanup attracted an estimated 60 to 70 volunteers. The river is popular for recreation and is Eugene’s source of drinking water.


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