1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/21/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Monica Wehby has won Oregon’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Wehby defeated state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend. She has excited Republicans in Washington, D.C., who hope she’s the perfect candidate to attack President Barack Obama’s health care law. Wehby will face Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley in the November election.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – All five of Oregon’s representatives in the U.S. House won their primaries. Only two incumbents had challengers in yesterday’s election. Republican Rep. Greg Walden defeated Dennis Linthicum, who said Walden wasn’t conservative enough and too close to the GOP leadership. Rep. Kurt Schrader defeated fellow Democrat Anita Brown. He’ll face Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith in the general election.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Voters in Jackson County have voted to ban genetically engineered crops. With most of the ballots counted last night, voters in the southern Oregon county were passing the measure by a 2-to-1 margin. A similar measure enjoyed a strong lead in neighboring Josephine County. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill last fall that prohibits local governments from regulating genetically engineered crops. An exception was made for Jackson County because its measure had already qualified for the ballot.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Jurors have convicted a Springfield, Oregon, man of murder in the death of his ex-fiancee, who was hit in the head four times with an aluminum baseball bat as she slept. Robert Allen Cromwell was convicted in the Nov. 2 death of 26-year-old Casey Wright.


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