1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/10/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden says he’ll vote against authorizing the use of military force in Syria. Walden says he made the decision yesterday after attending a classified intelligence briefing. He says President Barack Obama and his administration have not persuaded him that the United States has a clear objective in Syria.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland City Commissioner says a homeless camp will to move to a new, permanent site in an agreement to clear some 60 people off a vacant half-acre downtown lot. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced the deal yesterday, ending a protracted dispute between the camp and the city. The agreement cancels unpaid fines and gives the encampment a permanent spot under the Broadway Bridge, near train, bus and light-rail stations.

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – Coos Bay police have released a sketch of a man with a shaved head they describe as a person of interest in the investigation of a bomb at a downtown chapel. The Coos Bay World reports the man’s description: white, about 55, about 150 pounds, about 5-foot-6 or -7. Last Tuesday, firefighters found a bomb in the nondenominational Prayer Chapel. After a fire was extinguished, bomb technicians disarmed what was described as an improvised explosive device.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon National Guard says it’s stepping up its anti-suicide efforts after the gunshot deaths of four members this year. The Oregon Guard hadn’t seen an instance of suicide for two years. But, The Oregonian reports, the spike in deaths reflects a national trend of rising numbers of military suicides. Guard officials say they started an effort to reintegrate troops soon after the first units began coming home from war in the last decade.


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