1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/03/2016 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers have held their first public hearing on Gov. Kate Brown’s scaled-back minimum wage proposal, and it immediately ran into criticism. Legislators met at the Capitol in a room packed with union officials, business people, residents, local government leaders and others wanting to weigh in on whether Oregon’s $9.25 hourly minimum wage should be increased. Opponents criticized the revised plan, saying it would hurt small businesses, cost jobs and hamper rural economies.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The jailed leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife preserve says local residents should control the federally owned property and U.S. officials do not belong there. In a statement read by his attorney, Ammon Bundy also urged four holdouts to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

BURNS, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say two people have died in a head-on vehicle collision just east of Burns. Police say the crash happened on U.S. Highway 20 when the driver of a 2015 Chevrolet pickup tried to pass a commercial vehicle while heading east.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police have identified a girl who has been missing since falling into the Pacific Ocean as 17-year-old Megan Owens. A spokesman says the girl from Marysville, Washington, was one of four youths climbing Monday at Cape Kiwanda in Tillamook County. She fell off rocks into an area known as the Punch Bowl. The Coast Guard sent helicopter crews, boat crews and rescue swimmers to search for the teenager, to no avail.


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