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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 8:00 PM

Oregon at 5 p.m.

The Portland bureau can be reached at 503-228-2169 or 800-448-3501.

For questions on stories from Salem, call Statehouse Correspondent Jonathan J. Cooper at 503-363-0010. For questions on Southern Oregon stories, call Grants Pass Correspondent Jeff Barnard at 541-476-1722.

Please do not give out these phone numbers or email addresses to members of the general public.

AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are also available from the Service Desk 800-838-4616.

NEW AND DEVELOPING

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INMATE KILLED-LAWSUITS

PORTLAND — The widow of a slain state prison inmate has filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages, alleging corrections officials ignored her husband's request for protection. Michael Hagen, 28, died at a Boise hospital in February 2012 after being found unconscious in his cell at the Snake River Correctional Institution. His cellmate was later charged with aggravated murder. By Steven DuBois. SENT: 450 words.

LEAF PILE-FATAL ACCIDENT

HILLSBORO — A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, killing two young girls playing in it, has been sentenced to three years of probation. SENT: 360 words.

BIG TAX MISTAKE

EUGENE — The top taxpayer in Lane County briefly got a big break on its property taxes. County Assessor Mike Cowles said an employee entered an incorrect value for an account belonging to International Paper Co., which owns and operates a Springfield mill. The clerical error reduced its property tax bill by $1.3 million — from $4 million to $2.7 million. SENT: 320 words.

RANCH SLAYINGS

MEDFORD — Investigators in southern Oregon found no additional bodies during a three-week search of the Rogue River farm where Susan Monica is accused of killing and dismembering two people. SENT: 300 words.

KLAMATH ARMORY

KLAMATH FALLS — If the walls of the Klamath County Museum could talk, they might sing, too; maybe songs performed by Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington or Fats Domino. What do those acts have in common with the storied museum? By Holly Dillemuth of the Herald and News. SENT: 760 words.

SPORTS

— FBI--OREGON-HILL PLEADS — Oregon cornerback Troy Hill pleads guilty to menacing.

IN BRIEF:

— DESCHUTES DA-SUIT — Deschutes DA settles wrongful termination suit filed by former investigator.

— FACEBOOK BLACKMAIL — McMinnville police trying to stop Facebook user's blackmail for nude photos scheme.

— HELICOPTER PARTS TRIAL — August trial set for family accused of supplying defective helicopter parts to US Army.

— STRIP CLUB SHOOTING — The Multnomah County District Attorney says no criminal charges will be filed against a bouncer who fatally shot a masked gunman at a Portland strip club.

— TEACHER CONVICTED — A Coos County judge convicted a former middle school teacher and track coach of sexually abusing a 16-year-old student.

— BAKER MAYOR-REIMBURSEMENT — The mayor of Baker City is trying to fight City Hall.

— PIGEONS PESTICIDE — An animal rehabilitator says two pigeons suffering from tremors in Bend this week were likely poisoned.

— SALEM HAWK — An injured hawk that was found on Highway 22 in West Salem after it apparently was hit by a car Wednesday is recovering at the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center.

— PORTLAND EMERGENCY CENTER — Portland opened a new $20 million emergency coordination center Thursday to improve the city's ability to respond to earthquakes and other disasters.

— PORTLAND PEDESTRIAN FATALITY — A man was struck by a vehicle and killed Thursday night on a southeast Portland street.

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