2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/01/2013 09:26 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Police say the driver of an SUV is dead after her car crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an ambulance near the Eugene Airport. The Register-Guard reports 57-year-old Patricia Morgan of Junction City died at the scene. Two paramedics and a patient in the ambulance had minor injuries.

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a woman was killed near Hermiston when her car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer rig hauling onions. Police say the woman was trying to pass another vehicle yesterday. The Oregonian reports that both vehicles caught fire.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – Columbia River-based Coast Guard crews responded to three suspected hoax distress calls within several hours last weekend. The agency estimates that more than four hours of searching cost taxpayers about $8,000. The same Coast Guard sector responded to five similar calls earlier this summer.

NEW YORK (AP) – Sixth graders at a New York City school no longer have to read a book on their summer reading list after parents objected to its sexual content. The school pulled “The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian” from the list after parents objected to passages about masturbation as inappropriate for 11 year olds. Sherman Alexie defended her book after it was pulled from an Oregon classroom in 2008. She said every child deals with the kind of issues presented in the book.


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