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Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in Oregon. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Oregon News Editor Terrence Petty at (503) 228-2169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
PORTLAND — Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday plans to announce changes to Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange, which is running far behind other states and has yet to enroll a single person. Kitzhaber’s office would describe the changes only as “additional resources, support and accountability to boost health care enrollment.” By Gosia Wozniacka and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: Updates from morning news conference, photos, then 550 words by noon.
GRANTS PASS — After going through a record $122 million fighting big wildfires the past year, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking the Legislature to increase their spending authority for next year. Despite a unique $25 million insurance policy, last season’s wildfires left a $40 million hole in the state firefighting budget, which the department is asking the Legislature to fill. The department also ran through two years of spending authority in one year. By Jeff Barnard. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m.
SALEM — An Oregon legislative panel discusses marijuana legalization. By Jonathan J. Cooper UPCOMING: 300 words after a hearing that begins at 2 p.m.
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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticides implicated in bee die-offs this summer in Wilsonville and Hillsboro. It is only the second time in the past decade the agency has moved to restrict pesticides. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State and Washington are a lot alike. Both hit their stride midseason and became bowl eligible. Then both took a downturn. The two 6-4 teams meet on Saturday night, with both jockeying for position behind Oregon and Stanford in the tough Pac-12 North. Both teams would like to finish with a winning record in conference play. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 11 a.m.
PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers their eight-game winning streak, this longest since 2007, on Friday night when they host the Chicago Bulls, who have lost in their five visits to Portland. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game begins at 7 p.m. PST.
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PORTLAND — Loyola Chicago visits the Portland State Vikings. UPCOMING: 130 words. Game starts at 5:30 PT.
PORTLAND — Columbia visits the Portland Pilots in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Chiles Center. UPCOMING: 130 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
— WARM SPRINGS KILLING — One of two women accused of beating another woman to death on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.
— PESKY SEAGULL — A pesky seagull that became a nuisance at a Salem office building picked a good time to move on.
— COAL BARGING — A company that plans to ship coal down the Columbia River has signed a letter of intent with Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver, Wash., for transportation service.
— LONGVIEW COAL EXPORTS-MCKENNA — Former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is lobbying for the states of Montana and North Dakota who want to export coal through a terminal at Longview.
— COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE-PROBLEM — The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 across the Columbia River bridge have reopened.
— FALSE TAX CLAIMS — The U.S. attorney’s office says a Clackamas, Ore., man who filed false claims seeking $1.9 million in fraudulent federal income tax refunds has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.
— HEROIN SMUGGLING-JAIL — A Medford woman who admitted paying a nurse $500 to get heroin to her jailed boyfriend has been sentenced to 20 days behind bars.