2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/06/2014 09:23 AM

AP-OR–2nd NewsMinute/205
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A disease that has been killing starfish on the West Coast has been found in Oregon. Oregon Coast Aquarium divers at the entrance to Yaquina Bay on April 27 found starfish with “sea star wasting disease” that causes their arms to fall off and turn to goo.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped plans to spray chemical pesticides to kill mosquitoes breeding at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the southern Oregon coast. Instead, the agency will use a biological pesticide that poses less risk to the crabs, crawfish and worms that fish and wildlife depend on for food.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a suspect in half a dozen fires set in north Portland. Police say 20-year-old Richard Simms Jr. faces arson charges stemming from fires early Saturday in the Portsmouth neighborhood. Two houses, two vehicles, a recycling bin and a chair abandoned in a parking lot were set afire.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Oregon plans to expand subsidies for high-school students taking advanced placement exams for college credits. The Medford Mail Tribune reports the tests will be free for low-income students. Other students will pay $56 per test.


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