1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/09/2016 03:59 AM
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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Gov. Kate Brown has officially placed herself in the running for Oregon’s gubernatorial election. The former secretary of state took over from John Kitzhaber just over a year ago, after he stepped down amid an influence-peddling scandal. Brown faces four little-known Democratic rivals in the May 17 primary.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The widow of an Arizona rancher killed by FBI agents in a Jan. 26 traffic stop in Oregon says she rejects the finding by authorities that the shooting was justified. The Spectrum newspaper reports Jeanette Finicum said at a news conference in St. George, Utah,that she continues to believe Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot with his hands in the air trying to surrender.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – Several Springfield residents have spoken out against a proposal to ban panhandling on public roadways. The Register-Guard reports that the ban has earned the support of most city councilors, who argue that the restriction would improve public safety. But critics call it an unnecessary violation of free expression and worried that it could make the city vulnerable to lawsuits. The ordinance would fine drivers and passengers up to $50 for giving someone money or property while a car is on the road within city limits.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – Biologists don’t know how many waterfowl are migrating through a wildlife refuge on the Oregon-California border because a contract allowing aerial bird surveys ended in January. The Herald and News reports that officials say the refuge is so big that ground counts aren’t feasible. Agency officials are discussing whether to pursue another aerial survey contract.

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