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Associated Press

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Oregon at 5 p.m.

The Portland AP bureau can be reached at (503) 228-2169 or (800) 448-3501. With questions on news coverage, please contact News Editor Terrence Petty at the Portland bureau. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are also available from the Service Desk (800) 838-4616.

NEW AND DEVELOPING

GRAIN LABOR DISPUTE: new, developing

ECOTERRORISM SUSPECT: latest is 3rd Ld-Writethru

OREGON BALLOT TAMPERING: latest is 2nd Ld-Writethru

KITZHABER BUDGET

SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber's proposed budget would increase funding for schools, but with a catch: The Legislature would have to reduce pension benefits for public employees. The governor's office released a preview of the budget on Thursday, a day before the proposed spending plan is unveiled. By Jonathan J. Cooper.

Eds: Embargoed until 8 p.m.

ECOTERRORISM SUSPECT

One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of ecoterrorism fires set in Oregon, Colorado and California has surrendered to authorities. By Jeff Barnard.

AP Photos

GRAIN LABOR DISPUTE

PORTLAND — Grain shippers have given longshore workers extra time to accept what the shippers term their "last, best and final" contract offer. By Steven DuBois.

OREGON BALLOT TAMPERING

PORTLAND — An elections worker has been indicted in Clackamas County on accusations she filled in ballots where voters hadn't marked races. By Steven DuBois.

MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED

PORTLAND — The Oregon Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man accused of killing a camper, saying the decision changes the way Oregon courts should handle eyewitness testimony. By Steven DuBois.

LIGHT PLANE CRASH

ALBANY — The crash of a light plane in a Linn County pasture has shocked experimental aircraft enthusiasts, who say the plane has a reputation as something of a hot rod in the air, but quite strong. An Aurora manufacturer of the kit plane says it appears the craft was highly modified and built from plans and custom components rather than one of the company's kits.

OREGON STORM

PORTLAND — A storm is expected to bring heavy rain to the southern Oregon coast.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-NEWLYWEDS-BREAKFAST

SAN ANTONIO — As honeymoons go, the one chosen by Matt Webber and Courtney Dillard falls somewhere between odd and adventurous. For the past four months, the couple from Portland, Ore., has been driving around the country in a beige 1997 Ford Aerostar, having breakfast with interesting strangers and listening to their stories. By John MacCormack., San Antonio Express-News.

AP Member Photos planned.

SPORTS

GLF--WORLD CHALLENGE

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods plays his final event of the year at his World Challenge against an 18-man field that features 13 players from the Ryder Cup. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.

ALSO:

— PLANNED PARENTHOOD STABBING — DA finds self-defense in stabbing outside Ore. Planned Parenthood office.

— INMATE MISSING — Oregon prison officials say an inmate released to transitional housing in Jackson County has walked away.

— BODY AT CLIFF — Investigators say they're getting closer to identifying a suspect in the killing of a Medford man found at the base of a cliff in Northern California.

— ANIMAL NEGLECT — A Molalla woman who wanted to help stray dogs has pleaded guilty to charges the animals were left outdoors in unsanitary conditions without adequate food or clean water.

— OREGON ZOO ELEPHANT — Any day now.

— TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER — Oregon's terrorism information center in Salem may be drastically cut back or closed by a reduction in funding.

— OAKLAND SCHOOLS-STOMACH VIRUS — The three public schools in Oakland — elementary, middle and high school — are closed Thursday and Friday because of an outbreak of a stomach virus.

— MOUNT HOOD CLIMBER — A climber who was stranded in a whiteout in Mount Hood is safely off the mountain in good condition.

— RUNNERS-WINDSHIELD ROCK — One of two University of Oregon distance runners injured when a large rock was dropped onto their car from an Interstate 5 overpass has been released from a Eugene-area hospital.

— WYDEN DAUGHTER — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's wife, Nancy Bass Wyden, has given birth to a girl. It's the couple's third child.

A LOOK AHEAD:

Upcoming stories from the AP in Oregon:

— Nov. 30: Gov. John Kitzhaber releases his proposed budget for the next two years.

— Dec. 3: Business and political leaders hold their annual summit to discuss ways to improve Oregon's business climate.

— Jan. 14, 2013: Legislative session begins.

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