2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/30/2015 09:25 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon school officials are preparing for a new law that will allow parents to opt their children out of taking standardized state tests. The Bulletin reports that districts have until early January to give parents information about the law that takes effect Jan. 1. It allows parents to opt out of the Smarter Balanced tests and alternative assignments given to students with cognitive disabilities.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A woman who admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from a Eugene care facility and two of its clients, who have developmental disabilities, is being sentenced today. The Register-Guard reports that Merissa Standifer of Springfield previously pleaded guilty to charges that she stole money from two disabled women living at an Oregon Supported Living Program facility.

DETROIT, Ore. (AP) – Marion County authorities say rescue efforts are under way for two climbers stuck on Mount Jefferson, including one believed to be injured after falling into a crevasse. The climbers are identified as Thomas Fountain and Alison Fountain, who has been communicating with rescuers via text message. Searchers identified the climbers’ location last night but could not reach them in the difficult terrain.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – A Chiloquin man accused of firing an AK-47 in his house has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail for contempt of court. The Herald and News reports that Stephen Sorensen had a profane outburst when making his initial court appearance through a video feed from the Klamath County Jail. Judge Dan Bunch said Sorensen could “cool his jets” in jail before appearing again next month.


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