1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/30/2012 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A storm has brought heavy rainfall to parts of southwestern Oregon. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to last into today. A 24-hour total of about 3 inches of rain was reported in the Medford area by late last night. In rugged areas south and west of Medford near the California border, the 24-hour precipitation totals were tallied at 4 inches or more. Snow levels were forecast to remain high. Forecasts in central coast cities called for up to 2.5 inches of rain.

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) – A fire official in the east Portland suburb of Gresham says firefighters sawed through metal bars on a window to free a man from his burning mobile home. Battalion Chief Mark Maunder tells KATU-TV that the man was trying to save his cats from the fire last night and got trapped in a back bedroom. Crews put an air mask on the man so he could breathe, then used chain saws with special blades to cut through the bottom of the bars so they could be pried up.

CHARLESTON, Ore. (AP) – The Coos County sheriff’s office says a body found floating in Coos Bay on the southern Oregon coast is that of a 60-year-old Portland man whose death is considered suspicious. The World newspaper reports that the sheriff’s office says foul play has not been ruled out in the death of Michael McInroe. The body was found Wednesday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Experimental aircraft enthusiasts say they’re shocked at the crash of a two-seater airplane this week in the Willamette Valley, killing two people aboard. The Oregonian reports that the plane designed by Van’s Aircraft of Aurora has been one of the most popular among experimental airplane enthusiasts, who build their own airplanes from kits or plans.


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