1st Oregon News Minute from the Ap

Date: 03/10/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon voters could get the chance to decide on the future of liquor and marijuana now that the Legislature has adjourned without taking action. Questions on ending the state’s control over the liquor business and legalizing recreational use of marijuana are the subjects of several initiatives seeking spots on the November ballot. Grocery chains want to privatize liquor sales and allow stores that already sell beer and wine to stock distilled spirits. Currently, only state-regulated liquor stores are permitted to sell them.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police say bomb-squad investigators have determined that a suspicious item left in a field wasn’t an explosive but a discarded school project. Police say officers were called yesterday afternoon after someone reported finding an item that resembled a possible small explosive device.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The state labor agency has sued a weekly Junction City newspaper over a rental ad that prohibited families with children. The Register-Guard reports the lawsuit filed against The Tribune News is seeking $59,500 in damages. State law prohibits the housing discrimination on the basis of family status. The suit claims that when confronted with the ad, the publisher told a state investigator he believed children should not be living above a funeral home.

GLADSTONE, Ore. (AP) – Crews removed an old railroad bridge that had been tilting over the Clackamas River. The Oregonian reports Union Pacific workers and contractors pulled the old trolley bridge off its damaged footings and into the Clackamas River. The bridge became unstable on Thursday during high winds and rain-swollen currents.


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