1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/16/2013 03:59 AM

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A Romanian princess is apparently among several people who have been arrested in Eastern Oregon in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring. Indictments unsealed yesterday in federal court in Portland charge 60-year-old Irina Walker and her husband, 67-year-old John Wesley Walker, with hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch outside the small Morrow County town of Irrigon. The Oregonian identifies Irina Walker, also known as Irina Kreuger, as a daughter of the last king of Romania. The Walkers and four other people are to be arraigned in federal court in Portland today.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon planners for a replacement Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River say the project wouldn’t change greatly if Oregon decides to go it alone, but it would be riskier financially. The project was written off as dead after the Washington Legislature declined to put up money. But the Oregonian reports the project’s planners are attempting to salvage a project that costs less. It would still include light-rail, something that drew opposition in Washington.

SEATTLE (AP) – U.S. education officials say three states have not fulfilled their promises to bring their teacher and principal evaluation systems up to federal standards. But Washington, Oregon and Kansas will have one extra year to finish the work. The new teacher evaluation systems were part of the requirements for waivers from the federal education law known as “No Child Left Behind.”

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man who served as a Umatilla tribal police officer for about 15 years pleaded guilty this week to making unwanted sexual contact with a woman and then lying about it to FBI investigators. The Oregonian reports 43-year-old Fermore Joseph Craig of Pendleton faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 4 in federal court.


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