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BC-Oregon News Coverage

March 29, 2019

Our news coverage plans for Oregon today. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Portland bureau at 503-228-2169. The West Regional Desk can be reached at (602) 417-2400.

A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Oregon at 1 a.m.

LAW ENFORCEMENT-POT OR HEMP

PORTLAND, Ore. —The federal legalization of hemp in the U.S. has created a quandary for local law enforcement. Truckers can now haul hemp from state to state. But they’ve been stopped and sometimes arrested by officers who can’t tell whether they’ve intercepted a legal agricultural crop or a massive marijuana bust. That’s because hemp and marijuana look and smell alike, and the only way to distinguish them is by measuring their THC. Officers so far don’t have the testing technology to do that on the spot. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,150 words. AP Photos.

EDUCATION FUNDING

SALEM, Ore. — Lawmakers are moving forward with discussions on three potential tax options that would create hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue specifically for Oregon’s schools. SENT: 430 words.

MARIJUANA BANKING

DENVER — Legislation that would provide federal protection for financial institutions that serve state-authorized marijuana and ancillary businesses passed a U.S. House committee on Thursday. SENT: 380 words. With AP photos.

SPORTS:

SOC--US SOCCER EQUAL PAY

The U.S. Soccer Federation has asked a court to consolidate a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by players on the women’s national team with an action filed earlier by former goalkeeper Hope Solo. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 410 words.

BKW--NCAA-PORTLAND

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer remembers the team’s last meeting with Arizona State as grueling. He expects much the same when the top-seeded Bulldogs face the No. 5 Sun Devils on Friday night in the Sweet 16. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos, by 4 p.m. PT.

IN BRIEF:

_CROP DUSTER CRASH: Pilot suffers minor injuries in crop duster plane crash.

_PETA MONKEY EXPERIMENTS LAWSUIT: PETA sues university lab for footage of primate experiments.

_AUDIT WELFARE: Audit: Oregon welfare programs, foster care mismanaged.

_FOSTER KIDS-TAMPONS: Foster kids removed from jail that limited tampon access.

The AP - Portland, Ore.