1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/08/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A proposed settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging Jackson County’s ban on genetically engineered crops. Under the deal, the alfalfa farmers who sued agree to not appeal an earlier court ruling that upheld the voter-approved ban. In exchange, the southwest Oregon county won’t force growers who already planted genetically engineered alfalfa to remove their crops. Those farmers have agreed not to plant any more genetically engineered crops and to switch their fields out of that alfalfa after no more than eight years.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Lane County housing program that helps homeless families is looking for a way to get people through winter after a recent cold snap burned through their entire budget. The Register-Guard reports that Catholic Community Services of Lane County met last week with Lane County Human Services and other housing groups to find alternative housing options for families.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Lynn Nakamoto to fill a vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court. Nakamato has been on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2011. She takes the spot created by the retirement of Justice Virginia Linder and becomes the first Asian-Pacific American to serve on the state’s high court.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Four Central Oregon airports have asked the state for funding to help expand after lagging through the recession. The Bulletin reports that the airports in Bend, Sunriver, Sisters and Prineville each requested money through Connect Oregon, a program designed to support the state’s non-highway infrastructure. The Central Oregon airports asked for help funding projects that they say are necessary as traffic increases in the region.


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