1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/20/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says the intense wildfire season ravaging the West and maxing out fire crews and equipment is “the new normal.” Chief Tom Tidwell was in John Day visiting the Canyon Creek fire, which burned 36 homes last week. He says the succession of intense fire seasons that tax firefighting resources shows the need for continuing to thin forests to make them less vulnerable to fire.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon public health officials have released draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries selling legal recreational pot. The Oregon Health Authority’s rules limit the type of marijuana products sold as of Oct. 1 to seeds, dried leaves and flowers and plants that are not flowering. As expected, edibles won’t be sold to recreational users at medical marijuana dispensaries. Only adults age 21 and older will be able to enter the dispensaries.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, has turned over thousands of her emails to the Marion County Circuit Court. The emails were delivered on a thumb drive two weeks after a judge sided with the Oregonian in a public records dispute. Earlier this year, Hayes filed a lawsuit seeking to block the release.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a woman who neglected more than three dozen cats at her Gresham apartment. Terrianne Hess was sentenced to probation in 2011 after jurors convicted her of animal neglect. Hess argued in her appeal that the Multnomah County trial judge was wrong to exclude expert testimony that Hess suffers from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.


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