1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/17/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Federal statistics show 74,500 Oregonians have signed up for private health insurance plans via the federal exchange portal. The data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid include newly insured Oregonians, as well as those who already had insurance but shopped around and actively re-enrolled via HealthCare.Gov. Citing heavy last-minute demand, U.S. health officials extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance until midnight.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland planned to pass an anti-Donald Trump resolution, but has changed it on the advice of the Secretary of State’s Office. The resolution passed by the City Council focuses more on supporting the Muslim and immigrant community. It still includes a thinly veiled reference to Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., but doesn’t name the candidate outright. State election law prohibits public employee time from being used to support or oppose a political candidate.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon woman has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the heroin overdose death of another woman and her unborn child. The Daily Astorian reports that police say 20-year-old Lacey Saranpaa of Astoria and a 54-year-old man were in a motel room with 35-year-old Torae Shufelt, also of Astoria, when she overdosed. Shufelt was six months pregnant.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A Bend nonprofit group is asking for more access to Mt. Bachelor’s Nordic ski trails as snow conditions at lower elevations have been disappointing. The Bulletin reports that Bend Endurance Academy, which runs outdoor recreation programs for children and teens, is again in talks with officials at Mt. Bachelor ski area to allow students access to Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.


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