1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/18/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

LOWELL, Ore. (AP) – A Lowell charter school is no longer pursing a change to district policy that would have allowed teachers and administrators to carry guns in school. The Register-Guard reports that the Mountain View Academy School Board voted to table the conversation and any potential action to change the ban on firearms. Mountain View Director Laurie Cardwell said she expects it to be addressed in the future.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Budget legislation that’s speeding toward approval in Congress includes an additional $600 million to fight wildfires next year but no long-term fix to firefighting’s havoc on the U.S. Forest Service budget. The Obama administration wants to address the problem by treating wildfires like other types of natural disasters for funding purposes. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, says paying for wildfires like the government’s response to hurricanes and tornadoes needs more review.

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) – The outlook is improving for an endangered sea turtle that washed ashore at Pacific City last week. The Oregon Coast Aquarium says the Olive Ridley sea turtle has warmed to 68 degrees – up 11 degrees from when she arrived at its rehabilitation unit. The aquarium says the turtle’s temperature much reach 75 degrees before she is ready to leave triage.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – After some relatively dry days, snow and hard rain have returned to the Pacific Northwest. Flood watches are in effect through tomorrow for much of western Oregon and southwest Washington because of heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Snoqualmie Pass, east of Seattle, through 4 this morning.


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