AP-OR--Oregon News Coverage, OR
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VETS COMBATTING WILDFIRES
SALEM, Ore. — After being in firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of a new elite crew are bringing their military experience to bear as they battle wildfires in the most rugged country back home. The Bureau of Land Management has just minted its first hotshot crew focused on recruiting military veterans, and members say they experience the same comradeship they felt in combat, and crucial support as some deal with PTSD. By Andrew Selsky. Sent: 750 words. With AP Photos.
Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters. Wildfires in the West and hurricanes in the South have been especially destructive in recent years, and scientists say climate change is making this more common. As the severity escalates, governors are finding they have to make disaster planning a priority or risk the consequences of inaction defining their terms and angering voters. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,200 words. With AP Photos.
AP MEMBER EXCHANGE
BEND, Ore. — Oregon is providing more abortions than its residents receive, a sign the state’s abortion laws are less restrictive than in some neighboring states. According to data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, Oregon residents underwent 7,847 abortion procedures in 2015, out of a total of 8,610 abortions performed within the state — about 11.2 percent of abortions in Oregon were for out-of-state residents. By Markian Hawryluk, The Bulletin. SENT: 840 words.
FBC-OREGON STATE WRAPUP
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith knew this wasn’t going to be easy. The former Beavers quarterback returned to Corvallis and wrapped up his first season as a head coach with a 2-10 record, dropping eight of nine in Pac-12 play. After a stint as quarterbacks coach at Washington under Chris Petersen, Smith took over an Oregon State team that won just one game in 2017 and lost its coach when Gary Andersen surprisingly stepped down in the middle of the season. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 650 words. With AP Photos.
BKC-NORTHWEST NAZARENE-PORTLANS STATE
Northwest Nazarene plays Portland State at CenturyLink Arena Boise.
—OREGON-WINE CLAIMS: A California company accused of putting misleading labels on wines to make it appear they were produced in Oregon’s famed pinot noir region will change labels.
—DEAD SEA LIONS: Since September, six sea lions have died from gunshot wounds in central Puget Sound and Kitsap County.
—IDENTITY THEFT: A Portland, Oregon, man accused of stealing an Ohio man’s identity.
—DOUBLE HOMICIDE-ARREST: Authorities say a 44-year-old man has been arrested following a shooting that left two men dead.
—PASTOR-DRUG SMUGGLING-SENTENCE: A former Washington state pastor was sentenced to five years in federal prison on a drug smuggling charge.
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