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1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/18/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Legislature is beginning to look at whether to tax electronic cigarettes. The state Department of Revenue told House and Senate committees on Tuesday that there are currently no taxes on electronic cigarettes – battery powered devices that contain nicotine but not tobacco. Democratic Rep. Phil Barnhart of Eugene, the chairman of the House Revenue Committee, says the state should look at taxing e-cigarettes since they contain nicotine, an addictive substance.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Coast Guard yesterday towed a fishing tender to safety after it experienced engine failure in the Gulf of Alaska. The Coast Guard says the cutter Anacapa towed the 125-foot Express 90 miles to Hoonah. The Coast Guard will investigate the cause of the engine failure on the Express, which was built in 1913 as a fire boat in Portland, Ore.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A witness told investigators that a Southern Oregon man charged with shooting his neighbor stuck a pistol through a hole in the fence separating their properties and shot the victim in the back as he tried to leave. Donald Easley of Kerby was in Josephine County Circuit Court yesterday in Grants Pass, where Judge Thomas Hull ordered him held without bail. He has claimed self-defense, but Easley faces a murder charge in the Sept. 7 shooting of 59-year-old Laron Estes.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – District attorneys in Deschutes and Sherman counties have announced that Oregon State Police troopers were justified in using deadly force during traffic stops last month. The unrelated shootings occurred on back-to-back days. The first happened along Interstate 84 in Sherman County, where Trooper Matt Zistel fatally shot a motorist who had wounded him. The next day, a man who pulled a gun after a traffic stop in central Oregon died after two troopers opened fire.


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