2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

January 20, 2012 11:21 pm Associated Press, News

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
TURNER, Ore. (AP) – Scenes of destruction and dramatic rescue
played out across the Willamette Valley yesterday as melting snow
and torrential rain socked the area with the worst flooding it’s
seen since 1996. A young mother and her infant child died after the
car they were riding in sank in an Albany creek. The National
Weather Service expect rain to pick up today after a brief break
yesterday afternoon. A number of rivers have risen to major flood
stage, and some had yet to reach their high point.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon State climatologist says the
Hawaiian “Pineapple Express” is responsible for the wet weather
that’s soaking the state. Kathie Dello says the system is creating
a fire hose-like effect, dumping a concentrated stream of Pacific
moisture on a small area in the western Willamette Valley.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Public employees are asking the Oregon
Legislature to block the state’s pension system from releasing the
names of employees and retirees. The Oregonian reports that a bill
was expected to be introduced this week, but it’s not clear whether
it has much support among legislators. The paper says the measure
is being introduced as a courtesy to a coalition of public sector
unions.

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Ashland City Council is setting up a
reward fund in the slaying of David Grubbs. The 23-year-old was
nearly decapitated as he walked home from work on a bike path in
November. Police say they have no suspects. The Daily Tidings
reports the fund will be financed by public donations and
administered by the city.

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