1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/31/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s tax-free marijuana sales come to an end next year. Beginning Jan. 4, the state will collect a 25 percent sales tax on marijuana products sold to people without medical cards. That means pot will become one of just three products with a tax applied at the point of sale. The others are hotel rooms and prepaid mobile phone credits.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Three environmental groups are suing Oregon wildlife officials over their decision to remove the gray wolf from the state’s Endangered Species Act list. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the groups say it’s premature to delist the animal with just 80 adult wolves living in the state. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission stripped wolves of their endangered status in November, after state biologists said the species won’t go extinct.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that Portland must rehire a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in the back. City officials fired Ron Frashour after the 2010 shooting, concluding Aaron Campbell didn’t pose an immediate threat of death or physical injury. An arbitrator and the Oregon Employment Relations Board ruled in 2012 that the city had to reinstate him.

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) – A murder charge has been filed against a man accused of killing his 80-year-old stepfather in Florence. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says Jeffrey Holmes was arrested about a mile from where Jack Youngblood’s body was found. Documents filed in Multnomah County in 2014 and 2015 listed Holmes as homeless.


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