1st AP Northwest News Minute

December 30, 2013 10:33 pm Associated Press, News

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Northwest wind developers are once again grappling with uncertainty as the federal tax credit for renewable energy production is set to expire tomorrow. It’s a familiar challenge for the industry. The credit nearly expired a year ago until it was extended by Congress as part of a deal to avoid the dreaded “fiscal cliff.” Advocacy groups are now lobbying to keep the incentives intact, but opponents argue federal wind subsidies are inequitable and unfairly burden taxpayers.

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) – A La Pine couple is facing mail theft and other charges in connection with stealing Christmas gifts and other items from area mailboxes. Deschutes County deputies say Randy Wise and Angela Wise face charges after a search of the couple’s home on Christmas Eve netted several stolen mail items, including Christmas gifts. After processing, the stolen items were returned to the victims by deputies.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police officers used a sandwich to stop a naked man from jumping off the ledge of a parking structure. Police say officers found a naked man who appeared to be having a behavioral health crisis, was cutting himself with a knife and threatening to jump. After the man said he was hungry, they obtained a sandwich from a nearby hotel and used it to move the man away from the ledge. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

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