1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/04/2016 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted the leader of the armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge and his followers. Federal prosecutor Geoff Barrow says the indictment involves the 11 people arrested so far “and others,” perhaps a reference to the four holdouts still occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The indictment was sealed yesterday afternoon, but Barrow says it would be made public today.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Concrete is still wet and crews are still working, but University of Oregon officials say the new softball stadium will be ready for the first pitch in March. The Register-Guard reports that the $17.2 million Jane Sanders Stadium is scheduled to be open March 24 for a faceoff between the Ducks and Stanford. Construction on the new facility began June 4.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Conservationists filed a federal lawsuit in Oregon that challenges the authority of a federal government program to kill wolves in the state. It’s a similar lawsuit Cascadia Wildlands in Eugene and other conservationists won late last year in Washington state, where a federal judge said the program should’ve done a more thorough analysis of the effects of its activities and banned it from killing wolves in that state.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Prison officials say a 54-year-old inmate serving a life sentence died unexpectedly in the facility’s infirmary in Salem. Oregon State Penitentiary officials say Ronald Ruffin died Tuesday. No other details were immediately available. Oregon State Police and the Marion County Medical Examiner are investigating.


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