1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/23/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it plans to expand its test program for notifying farmers about water-quality violations. The agency tells the Capital Press that it began two years ago using public information such as aerial photography and top maps to spot problems and then notifying landowners. That work began in Wasco and Clackamas counties.

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) – Authorities in Seaside say a 2-year-old girl who died Saturday was killed by blunt-force trauma, and the death is a homicide case. They also say two other children are being treated at a hospital, but didn’t say why they are being treated. The agency says the victim’s mother, 24-year-old Dorothy Wing, was speaking to investigators.

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) – The Linn County sheriff says a man’s body has been found in a tent just east of the Albany city limits in an area that appears to be a transient camp. With the help of the medical examiner’s office, deputies identified the body as 42-year old Lance Hildebrandt. It appears the death was due to natural causes but lab and toxicology reports are pending.

DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking Indian tribes, government agencies and others to submit information about conservation efforts for the greater sage grouse. The service says it needs the best data possible to make a decision on whether the bird warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Greater sage grouse range across 11 Western states and two Canadian provinces.


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