3rd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/10/2013 10:58 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Central Point Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson says he no longer supports the Columbia River Crossing project. The Oregonian reports Richardson supported a bill in the last legislative session to authorize Oregon to put up to $450 million into the $3.4 billion project. But without Washington also putting in $450 million, he says Oregon taxpayers are taking too much risk.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Congressman 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.

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – Cowlitz Indian tribal officials have announced their opposition to a proposed coal export terminal at Longview, Wash. The tribe says increased coal shipments on trains and ships could threaten air and water quality along the Columbia River and harm fish. The Daily News reports regulators plan five hearings to help plan the environmental review for the $643 million project.

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.

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