1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/10/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Corrections is asking state lawmakers for $41 million to help deal with an unexpected influx of inmates and overly ambitious budget-cutting targets. The request would cover almost half of a $90 million anticipated shortfall in its two-year budget.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – The Deschutes County sheriff’s office is investigating if weather played a factor in the deaths of an elderly Sisters couple and a 61-year-old Bend man who were found in separate locations Saturday. Authorities found 83-year-old Henry Constable buried in snow not far from his home in the Sisters area. Nearby, authorities also found 69-year-old Brooke Constable covered in snow that had fallen the previous night.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Speaker of the House’s office says the state Capitol is planning to reopen at 8 this morning. House Speaker Tina Kotek announced yesterday that a number of morning committee meetings and the House floor session are being postponed to ensure the safety of people traveling to Salem. Her office says the house floor session will convene briefly at 4:45 p.m., but will not hold any floor votes.

SEATTLE (AP) – A weekend storm is disrupting plans across the Northwest U.S., blanketing parts of Washington state with snow, while socking Oregon and California with rain. Seattle area residents woke up to lowland snow yesterday. Portland city officials sent out a cellphone alert after freezing rain turned roads into sheets of ice.


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