3rd AP Oregon News Minute

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A second Oregon death row inmate is challenging the state to carry out its death penalty. Jason Van Brumwell agrees with fellow inmate Gary Haugen that pursuing appeals is pointless and he should be executed. Brumwell was sent to death row in 2007 with Haugen after the two were convicted of a prison killing. The Oregonian reports Brumwell made the announcement yesterday at a hearing in Marion County.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The tax on a pack of cigarettes increased by 13 cents with the new year in Oregon. It’s now $1.31 per pack. Some smokers and stores in the Salem area told the Statesman Journal the tax increase has made little difference in their purchases and sales.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Medford City Council is considering a pit bull ban at a study session in City Hall today. The Mail Tribune reports pit bulls were involved in half of the 89 attacks in the past three years on people or other animals. Eight of the 11 fatal attacks on other animals involved pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – One skier is suing another, contending that he suffered a broken leg and other injuries when the second skier slammed into him on the slopes of the Timberline ski area at Mount Hood. The Oregonian reports that Ward Smith is seeking $1.4 million in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Portland. The lawsuit says his medical bills have reached $150,000.


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