2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 04/24/2014 09:26 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Marion County Commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity. Board chairman Sam Brentano said last night the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries. Vancouver-based B.C. Catholic newspaper identified the plant as Covanta Marion.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A technology committee is poised to make a final recommendation for the future of Cover Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange. The committee will decide today whether Cover Oregon should ditch the glitch-filled portal and replace it with the federal website, or try to fix the existing system. A consultant’s report said the glitches were due largely to a lack of oversight by Oregon officials.

SEATTLE (AP) – The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon this morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains. Forecasters say wet, loose slabs of snow could avalanche in the area that includes Mount Hood and Mount Rainier. Hikers and climbers are advised to stay out of the back country.

HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets last night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Damian Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win. The series now moves to Portland.


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