1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/14/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Light rain and cooler temperatures have helped dampen explosive wildfires in southwestern Oregon that were threatening more than 1,000 scattered rural homes. A thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon blew the Rogue River Drive fire out of containment lines on the outskirts of Shady Cove. But by yesterday morning, none of the 130 threatened structures was lost.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge in Portland has ruled that a major Oregon health provider cannot deny coverage to autistic children for a specific treatment. Months before the ruling, Providence Health Plan decided to cover up to 25 hours a week of Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA. But families often seek coverage for more than 25 hours per week.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A group of people whose families, homes and pets came under a cloud of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands are challenging the constitutionality of the Oregon Right to Farm Act. The lawsuit argues that the immunity the law violates the Oregon Constitution’s guarantee of the right to seek a legal remedy to violations of property rights. It was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a man outside the Pendleton Woolen Mills. The East Oregonian reports that 35-year-old Joseph Quintana Jr. was indicted in July 2012. That’s almost two years to the day after 46-year-old Allen Anthony Spencer was stabbed to death.


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