Editors, news directors:
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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — With Monday night the deadline for Oregonians to select a health insurance plan through Cover Oregon, the state’s problem-plagued exchange will release enrollment figures. The number of people enrolled is expected to be much lower than projections made before the exchange became a fiasco. By Gosia Wozniacka. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.
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SALEM — Although some Oregon lawmakers feared that allowing medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder would lead to widespread abuse, state officials say that doesn’t appear to have happened. Fewer than 100 people have cited PTSD in applying for cards. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m.
PENDLETON — A Union Pacific official says oil on trains headed through Pendleton to Portland is coming on mixed freight trains, rather than trains made up solely of oil cars. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.
OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL
EUGENE — Planning to attend the Oregon Truffle Festival at the end of the month? Forget it. It’s sold out. By Ilene Aleshire, Eugene Register-Guard. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m. AP Member Photo planned.
WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday, mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama’s health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate. The early action suggests heavy spending will be the norm in the 2014 elections, and Republicans see the president’s signature domestic achievement as their way to keep control of the House and perhaps win the Senate. With more than 300 days remaining before Election Day, both sides are looking to set the agenda before voters start paying attention. By Philip Elliott. SENT: 570 words, photos.
Eds: Oregon’s Jeff Merkley will be among the Democrats the radio ads target.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Portland Trail Blazers (26-8) look to shake out of a recent rut when they visit the Sacramento Kings (10-22). The Blazers, who have lost three of their last five, are 2-0 against Sacramento this season. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m.
— OREGON-TECHNICAL EDUCATION — Oregon officials announced Tuesday that 140 schools will split $8.9 million to boost career and technical education.
— HOME INVASION THWARTED — Police say a 20-year-old resident in north Portland grabbed a shotgun from a home invasion robber, shoved him down the stairs and then stood watch over him until officers arrived.
— PORTLAND SCHOOLS-NEGOTIATIONS — The two sides bargained for 21 hours but went home Tuesday morning without a contract to cover Portland public school teachers.
— SWEET HOME SEX CASE — A 31-year-old man is facing charges for a sexual relationship in Sweet Home with a 17-year-old girl he met online.
— BROKEN DOCK-BEACH — Residents near Lighthouse Beach in Coos Bay woke up Monday to find that six large sections of a broken dock had washed ashore overnight.
— SKATEBOARD WARNING SHOT — A man who hit a 74-year-old woman with a skateboard in Pendleton pleaded guilty Monday to assault and avoided prison.
— HILLSBORO GANG SHOOTING — Police believe a Monday night shooting in Hillsboro is gang-related.
— LINCOLN CITY STANDOFF — Authorities have identified an Oregon State Police trooper who struck a Montana robbery suspect with a patrol car as officers tried to arrest the man and a woman on the Oregon coast.