1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/23/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon officials have been making money by selling voter information to political parties and private companies. The Statesman Journal newspaper reports that the office of the Oregon Secretary of State has made nearly $90,000 off fees during the past five years by selling the voter registration database. The voter registration database includes information such as each voter’s name, address, date of birth and voter history. It doesn’t show how anyone voted.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Some black students at Oregon State University are questioning the university’s commitment to diversity. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that students are raising the issue with a video posted online. Just over 1 percent of OSU students are black. An OSU spokesman says several high-level administrators met last week to discuss the issue.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A professor at the University of Oregon is among those working on a project to develop a better condom. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Richard Chartoff is a polymer scientist who wants to make an ultra-thin condom that would shrink to fit like an extra layer of skin. Chartoff’s concept is one of 11 ideas that have received a $100,000 exploration grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland DEA agent has left his position to join a Seattle firm that invests in the marijuana industry. He’s joining an emerging industry with legal pot in Colorado and Washington state. The Oregonian reports 10-year DEA veteran Patrick Moen will help Privateer Holdings with compliance issues.


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