2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/12/2015 09:18 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Beetles are invading areas of Portland and it turns out the government really is to blame. KGW-TV reports that residents of the Portland neighborhood of Sellwood have reported swarms of tiny beetles taking over yards, gardens and even homes. Officials say the bugs were released to combat an aggressive and invasive weed called purple loosestrife. Officials say they have been releasing them successfully for years, but it appears this year the population has skyrocketed.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett’s $32 billion deal to buy Precision Castparts of Portland might lead to downgrades of credit ratings for his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is reviewing Berkshire’s overall “AA” credit rating because the deal will reduce the company’s cash reserves and may force Berkshire to borrow more.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirms that wolves from the Mount Emily pack killed an adult sheep last week on the Umatilla National Forest in northeast Oregon. The East Oregonian reports it’s the second time the pack has preyed on sheep in the area this year, but there are no plans yet to kill the wolves.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – For those who want to prove they’re in love and that they support fundraising for the American Cancer Society, this year’s Relay for Life event in Bend will feature a wedding chapel. The Bulletin of Bend reports that couples will be able to have marriage ceremonies and vow renewals performed at the “Relay for Love” wedding chapel set up at High Desert Middle School this weekend.


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