1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/10/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is running for Portland mayor, challenging incumbent Charlie Hales. The decision had been widely expected, as term limits prevent the Democrat from seeking another term as treasurer. Until February, Wheeler was considered likely to run for what would have been an open governor’s race in 2018. The picture changed, however, when John Kitzhaber resigned as governor and was replaced by Kate Brown. Armed with the power of incumbency, Brown is expected to seek the Democratic nomination.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Opponents of a wind farm on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge are challenging the approval to connect the project to the energy grid. The groups say the agency hasn’t adequately reviewed the project’s impacts to wildlife and to views in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Longtime Oregon state lawmaker Eldon Johnson has died. He was 85. Johnson’s daughter says her father died in a hospice center Sept. 4 after he had a stroke. The Medford Mail Tribune reports Johnson was widely hailed by human services organizations for his efforts to limit budget cuts following a 1990 ballot measure that limited property taxes.

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (AP) – A Eugene woman and a 2-year-old boy died in a fatal crash north of Junction City. State police say 28-year-old Amanda Wall was in a pickup that collided with a commercial truck. The toddler’s name has not been released. The Register-Guard reports that two others in the pickup – 32-year-old Cory Wall and a 3-month-old boy – were injured and taken to a Springfield hospital.


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