1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/19/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Forestry Department now says a wildfire burning on forest land owned by Hood River County in northern Oregon covers only about 12 acres, not 50. Full containment is expected by tonight. Steep, rugged terrain on part of the site has made it challenging for firefighters to build a line around the Owens Fire.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A sliced fiber-optic line caused an outage of 911 services and other wireless and data services in parts of Oregon and Southern Washington. The disruption of Sprint’s fiber network was resolved around 7:15 a.m., says a company spokeswoman. A Sprint spokeswoman said the cut has been found and the cause is being investigated.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The state of Oregon plans a nearly $9 million project to make rail traffic safer in the Columbia River town Rainier, where 24 oil trains a month run along a street on their way to a nearby terminal. The Oregonian reports the project will allow trains to increase speeds from 10 mph to 25 mph and to blow their horns fewer times. It also will allow the number of trains to rise to 38 a month, supporting expansion at the terminal.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A suspect accused in a killing a decade ago in Keizer has gone on trial in Marion County. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that Victor Smith is accused of shooting Phillip Johnson on July 1, 2004. Prosecutor David Russell Wilson says Smith went to Johnson’s apartment and shot him.


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