1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/07/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Oregon because of an unruly passenger who demanded multiple glasses of wine, displayed gang signs he said were for Jesus and frightened the flight crew. 27-year-old Sheron Lamar Rogers was arrested Tuesday at the Portland International Airport on an accusation of interfering with a flight crew.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Senate approved a bill yesterday ordering Cover Oregon to seek a one-month extension of the March 31 deadline for people to sign up for health insurance. It also would require the state to seek federal permission for Oregon residents to earn tax credits if they purchase coverage directly from an insurance company.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers want to look at improving school safety with a possible online database of floor plans for all schools in the state. The state Senate approved a measure yesterday creating a task force to study ways to ensure public safety during incidents such as school shootings. The database would also hold pre-set tactical plans, such as maps indicating police command post locations and staging areas.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon schools will have a chance to keep their Native American mascots under a bill Gov. John Kitzhaber’s signed into law yesterday. A statewide ban on school use of Native American mascots takes effect in 2017, but lawmakers crafted a bill to let school districts keep them, with tribal permission. The law requires the state Board of Education to consult with federally recognized tribes in Oregon to write guidelines.


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