2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/03/2013 09:38 AM

OR–2nd NewsMinute/326
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is demanding that states give back almost $18 million in federal subsidies, saying the taxpayer cash is subject to automatic spending cuts called “sequestration.” But Republicans and Democrats from Capitol Hill to the nation’s governor’s offices are saying no. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden represents the timber-rich state of Oregon, the top recipient of the Forest Service payments. Oregon stands to lose nearly $3.6 million. Wyden says the frustration level over the service’s demand “is off the charts.”

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – It’s taken about two decades for police to determine that a man found dead inside a Utah house that caught fire is the same man who was reported missing in Oregon around the same time. Police say John Edwin Duff’s identity was established by fingerprints in late April. Investigators connected Duff’s 1994 disappearance to an Ogden house fire. Duff was last seen in Multnomah County.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – Police have arrested a Seattle man involved in a head-on collision that killed two Seaside men last month. Oregon State Police say 38-year-old Sterling Frinell was booked into the Clatsop County Jail on charges of manslaughter, assault and drunken driving. According to investigators, Frinell was driving with a suspended Washington license April 19 when his car crossed the center line on Highway 101 near Warrenton and struck a 1974 Volkswagen Bug. The two men in the Volkswagen died at the scene.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Drug Enforcement Administration says nearly 17 tons of expired or unwanted prescription drugs were collected on last Saturday’s national Drug Take-Back Day in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. The agency says that’s 2 tons more than the previous take-back event last September in the region. State-by-state totals for safe disposal of old drugs: Washington 7.4 tons, Oregon 5.2 tons, Idaho 2.1 tons, Alaska 1.9 tons.


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