1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/08/2016 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Backers of a ballot measure for a $15 minimum wage have pulled the plug on their campaign now that the governor has signed a bill that will increase the minimum in Portland to nearly $15 in six years and bring smaller increases to other parts of the state. Sponsors of the measure say passage of the minimum wage bill signed into law last week resulted in a significant decline in support of their efforts. The current hourly minimum wage is $9.25.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Officials investigating the death of Robert Finicum are ready to release results. Police fatally shot Finicum during a Jan. 26 traffic stop while trying to arrest the rancher and others involved in the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. The FBI said Finicum was shot after reaching for a gun and the agency released aerial footage to support that assertion. Backers of the takeover have said the shooting wasn’t justified.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Former Oregon Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley has announced his candidacy for governor. The businessman will face Salem oncologist Bud Pierce and several other GOP candidates for the right to face Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in November. Alley said in a statement he’s running because the “political class” in Salem has failed taxpayers.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Crook County sheriff’s deputies have taken three horses from their owners, saying the animals were malnourished and dehydrated. The Bulletin reports that deputies received a tip that the three animals were malnourished. Two of the horses, 24-year-old gelding Custer and 3-year-old mare Sassy, were up and walking around. A third horse was so malnourished it lay on the ground.


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