2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

August 31, 2011 1:44 pm Associated Press, News

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Members of President Barack Obama’s jobs
and competitiveness council are meeting in Portland today to hear
ideas from academics and the public on how to curb a shortage of
engineers in the United States. The public can submit questions on
the White House website and on Twitter. The event is one of several
being held around the country to guide the work of the council,
which was created to recommend policy changes that would spur job
creation.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Health officials say the first mosquitoes of
the season with West Nile virus have been detected in the Jordan
Valley of Malheur County in Eastern Oregon. Most people who get the
virus either show no symptoms or have mild, flulike reactions. But
a few cases result in more severe illness.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Scientists using airborne detection
equipment have found a fault they didn’t know about on the northern
flank of Mount Hood. The Oregonian reports the scientists found it
appears to be active – and dangerous. The evidence suggests that
the last time the fault ruptured, a magnitude 6 or 7 earthquake
resulted. The scientists have found dozens of shallow crustal
faults, including others near Mount Hood and several in Deschutes
County, Klamath County, and near the coast between Bandon and Coos
Bay.

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) – Fire on a truckload of hay shut down
Interstate 205 south of Portland for nine hours yesterday,
including during the evening commute. State Police say the driver
pulled over when he saw smoke coming from behind the truck’s cab.
The fire quickly spread to the single flatbed trailer of 900-pound
hay bales he was hauling. Fire officials say crews had to shuttle
water to the fire and had to break open each 900-pound bale and
saturate the hay before they could haul it away. The lanes reopened
about 9 p.m.

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