2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/05/2013 09:30 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A three-week-old camp-in protest at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in Eugene has been broken up after Lane County commissioners enacted an emergency closure of the plaza. The Register-Guard reports the commission voted 4-1 on the emergency closure. Protesters were given until yesterday afternoon to clear out the camp. Four individuals later refused to leave and were cited for trespassing.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Saying “it’s time to call the question,” Gov. John Kitzhaber told state lawmakers yesterday to prepare for a potential special session of the Legislature to deal with tax and pension questions. The governor said he’ll only call lawmakers back to Salem on Sept. 30 if it’s clear he’ll find success with his push to cut pension costs and increase tax revenue.

VENETA, Ore. (AP) – Lane County officials say a new call center will open in Veneta, bringing an estimated 180 jobs to the area. Officials say construction on the new facility in the town west of Eugene will start this month, with the center run by First Call Resolution beginning operations about three months after that.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Oregon wildlife officials say blacktailed deer are being found dead in several rural communities in Jackson County. Officials say this is likely a new outbreak of the naturally occurring adenovirus that killed hundreds of area deer more than a decade ago. The Medford Mail Tribune reports state wildlife officials say the deaths are occurring at a rate not seen since 2002, when more than 1,000 blacktails died.


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