1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/01/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Senate has signed off on three bills setting up Oregon’s legal marijuana system. The Senate’s approval comes a day before the drug becomes legal for recreational use under state law. Lawmakers opted to allow sales temporarily at existing medical marijuana dispensaries, beginning Oct. 1. That’s almost a year before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be ready to allow permanent marijuana stores to open.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Portland Trail Blazers fans may soon be able to display their love for the team on their license plates. The Oregon House votes to create a new special plate commemorating Portland’s basketball team. Revenue from a $20 license plate surcharge would go to the Trail Blazers Foundation. Oregon currently has 32 specialty license plates, and the number could be growing.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A group that wants to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 an hour says it’s submitted its first batch of signatures. If the petitioners are found to have 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters, they can begin collecting the rest of the 88,000 they’ll need to get the measure on the 2016 ballot. Opponents worry hiking the minimum wage to $15 would put a strain on businesses.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail after his indictment on charges of rape and other crimes. A Marion County judge declined to set bail after a prosecutor said the 50-year-old musician contacted the alleged victim following his June 14 arrest for misdemeanor assault and menacing. Castronovo has not entered a plea to the charges.


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