2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/07/2013 09:24 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – A neighbor who saw smoke and flames coming from the house across the street in Corvallis says he ran to alert the elderly homeowner who lived there. Jim Witzel tells the Corvallis Gazette-Times he knew that Vera Aas was hard of hearing so he “knocked real loud” yesterday afternoon. Aas says she didn’t know anything was wrong until her neighbor came to the door “and practically knocked it down.” Witzel helped her outside. She was unhurt.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Justice says doctors who are paid by makers of artificial implants must disclose the possible conflict of interest to patients. The action involves two Salem doctors who agreed to pay $25,000 each to settle a state case involving pacemakers and defibrillators. The Oregonian reports the action is the first of its kind and could set a precedent.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The phones are ringing as landowners in Oregon’s Willamette Valley call state and local agencies to inquire about trees that appear to be dying. The Statesman Journal reports that state Forestry Department entomologist Rob Flowers says a native moth called the western oak looper is the culprit. While the infestation looks bad, Flowers says oaks usually suffer minor damage. Even Douglas firs that appear to be dead could still be healthy.

GEARHART, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon state medical examiner’s office says that supposed human hand found on a beach at Gearhart last week was really the remains of a seal flipper. Oregon State Police said the medical examiner’s office looked at the decomposing item yesterday. A retired police officer walking the beach with his young granddaughter reported finding what looked like the decomposed remains of a hand last Friday.


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