3rd AP Regional News Minute

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The presidents of Oregon universities are pledging to limit tuition hikes if the Legislature agrees to boost higher education funding over the next two years. The universities are asking for a two-year budget of $755 million, which they say would restore their funding to roughly the level it was at in 2007. Their funding request is $85 million more than legislative budget writers initially proposed.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management has banned all fireworks and exploding targets on BLM-managed lands in Washington and Oregon. The Columbian reports the ban took effect yesterday as officials brace for what’s expected to be a long, difficult fire season in the Northwest due to drought. Long-term forecasts call for a warm, dry summer across Washington and Oregon.

GRANT PASS, Ore. (AP) – The city of Grants Pass is reviewing its policy on event permits after community complaints reported that North Valley High School’s prom had been too rowdy. The Daily Courier reports the prom was held at Grants Pass’ Reinhart Volunteer Park on May 9. Neighbors of the park had issued complaints about the noise that night to police and later to city officials. A city official says the city will develop new rules to address noise levels in the community.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Federal officials are releasing a plan to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the draft plan for six recovery units spread over Oregon and the other states will be released Thursday. Public comments will be taken through July 20.


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