1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/10/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after days of hazardous weather with landslides, power outages and flooding of roadways, homes and property. The proclamation covers the series of storms that began Nov. 30 and are continuing. Inslee says some of the most severe flooding in Washington has occurred in three counties to the north and south of Seattle. In Oregon, more than 5 inches of rain have fallen on Portland since Sunday.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Scientists say the fire-damaged forests are more susceptible to landslides, and another week of rain and snow could heighten that risk for eastern Oregon. The East Oregonian reports that wildfires have stripped away water-soaking vegetation in areas like Canyon Creek. State officials say people in eastern Oregon should be thinking about the landslide hazard as they go about daily activities.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Lawyers for six people barred from flying in the U.S. say the federal government hasn’t sufficiently improved the process for challenging their placement on the no-fly list. A federal judge in Portland ruled last year that the government offers no adequate method for people to contest the travel ban. In response, the Department of Homeland Security created an appeals process. The ACLU says the new rules don’t give people enough information to offer a reasonable defense.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Two people who worked for an Oregon fire department are charged with illegally accessing coworkers’ emails. The Bend Bulletin reports that Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says police found that the two men accessed emails about labor negotiations at Sunriver Fire Department.


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