2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/15/2015 09:18 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A former executive of a southern Oregon helicopter company faces sentencing for falsifying weight records for a helicopter that crashed while carrying firefighters in 2008, killing nine people. Steven Metheny is due in federal court in Medford today, where last year he pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges carrying penalties of up to 25 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – The Lane County sheriff’s office says a man has died after his pontoon boat flipped over in the Willamette River in Springfield on Saturday night. Deputies said they received a report that a boat overturned after hitting a large, partially submerged root ball. The boater went into the water and didn’t resurface.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Recent filings by PacifiCorp show that the energy company plans to meet nearly all new power demands across six states through conservation measures during the next decade. The Bulletin of Bend reports that PacifiCorp wants to stop burning coal by 2046 and cut in half the amount of power it generates through coal over the next 14 years. The company has faced criticism for its reliance on coal.

KELSO, Wash. (AP) – High school graduates in Kelso, Washington, discovered an error when they received their diplomas during Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The covers protecting the diplomas carried the state seal of Oregon. Kelso High School is in southwest Washington. KPTV-TV in Portland reports that the diplomas did list the correct high school.


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