1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 04/08/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The House has voted to make Oregon the latest state to give dying patients a right to try experimental medical treatments that haven’t been approved by government regulators. The House unanimously backed the bill yesterday, sending it to the Senate. Insurance companies would not be required to cover the drug or complications that arise from using it.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The oil and gas industry is pushing back on a bill that would ban hydraulic fracturing in Oregon until 2025. The bill sponsor told a House committee the proposal puts the state ahead of the curve in case oil and gas companies want to start fracking in Oregon. Representatives from the oil and gas industry say legislation is unnecessary because there are already a number of rules in place on the practice.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Federal hydrologists say the latest numbers reinforce the forecasts: Rivers and streams throughout Oregon will have flows far below normal this summer due to the meager mountain snowpack. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says precipitation has been at or near normal in most basins, but warm temperatures have left the amount of snow in the mountains at record lows.

AUMSVILLE, Ore. (AP) – The National Weather Service in Portland says a video and reports from residents indicate a funnel cloud formed last night near Aumsville in Oregon’s central Willamette Valley. The Weather Service says the funnel cloud did not appear to touch the ground before it dissipated.


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