1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/02/2013 03:59 AM

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber practically declared it dead more than a month ago, but the push to extend Portland’s light rail into Washington state and replace several miles of Interstate 5 isn’t lifeless. Politicians, unions and business groups that want to see the Columbia River Crossing development go forward are refusing to give up, but their last-ditch effort to build the project without dollars from Washington state faces quite a few roadblocks. Some of the Oregon lawmakers who supported it earlier this year are taking heat back home, and it’s not even clear yet whether it’s legally or financially possible.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says first lady Lori Otter dislocated her shoulder while calf roping at a rodeo in Oregon and faces surgery. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the mishap occurred in mid-August on the couple’s anniversary. Hanian says the first lady had just roped a calf when her shoulder became dislocated.

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. (AP) – A man died Saturday afternoon when his gyrocopter crashed in field near Scappoose, Ore. The Oregonian reports the pilot’s name has not been released. Witnesses near the scene were able to help pull the pilot from the burning wreckage, but told authorities that the pilot was already dead by the time they arrived.

GLENNS FERRY, Idaho (AP) – Idaho State Police say a 32-year-old Utah man died after being hit by a semitrailer on Interstate 84 near Glenns Ferry in south-central Idaho. Police say Jason Richmond of Midvale, Utah, was helping a tow truck operator remove his disabled 2012 Jeep Patriot from the Interstate at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Police say 57-year-old Volodymyr Boyko of Portland, Ore., was traveling eastbound on the Interstate when he struck Richmond and his vehicle.


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