1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/09/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Passenger rail service has been halted in the Portland and Seattle areas as wet, windy weather moves through the Northwest. Amtrak closed tracks between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, because of high waters north of Portland Union Station. Passengers using the Amtrak Cascades service will be taken by bus around the closed areas. Coast Starlight and Empire Builder trains will be rerouted through the area.

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is joining an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. Sheriff Craig Roberts says he’ll assign a deputy full-time to the Portland-area’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The deputy will regularly brief a manager who has a top secret security clearance and will be able to consult with a lawyer about complying with the Oregon constitution and state laws.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – An investigation into Eugene’s former traffic engineer has found that he violated state laws and rules numerous times when he approved city engineering plans without a license and that he updated his state-issued engineer’s stamp to do so. The Register-Guard reports Tom Larsen was officially removed from a traffic engineering position in April.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – As Oregon conservationists turn their attention to the monarch butterfly, field research has found that there are more of the colorful insects in the state than once thought. The Bulletin reports that researchers found 125 adult monarchs and more than 300 caterpillars. Before the data was collected, there were only four or five known spots for monarchs. The survey found about 30 sites.


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