3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 04/11/2014 10:59 AM

AP-OR–3rd NewsMinute/240
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he doesn’t expect a task force on genetically engineered crops to come up with specific legislation in the next year. He says he wants the 13-member group to frame the issue for legislators and articulate areas of agreement and disagreement. Last year, Kitzhaber signed bill that prohibits most local governments from regulating genetically engineered crops.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Counselors were on hand for students who saw a body hanging from a tree across the street from North Medford High School yesterday morning. The body was of a man who apparently committed suicide. The Mail-Tribune reports that some elementary and high school students passed by on foot or in buses before the body could be removed.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Residents in Portland’s Mount Tabor neighborhood are trying to save a giant tree from the developer’s saw. KATU reports it’s known as the Paradox walnut tree, a type developed by Luther Burbank. The tree trunk is 15 feet around. Neighbors are asking the developer to build new homes around the tree.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland plans to turn more parking places into restaurant seating. The Bureau of Transportation plans to add up to 10 businesses to the city’s Street Seats program, which expects eight already in the program to renew. A spokeswoman tells The Oregonian that residents love the program because it brings life to the streets.


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.