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Takeaways from AP story on dangerous heat threats to greenhouse workers

Jul. 17, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Many farms, from vertical farming startups to traditional specialty crop growers, are marketing greenhouses as a way to shelter crops from climate extremes. But overlooked are the experiences of workers inside, who may swelter under high heat and humidity. The...

2nd Washington man pleads not guilty in 2022 attacks on Oregon electrical grids

Jul. 16, 2024 22:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A second Washington state man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of damaging power substations in Oregon in 2022. Tacoma resident Zachary Rosenthal, 33, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Portland on Tuesday to three counts of damaging...

Award-winning Oregon chef Naomi Pomeroy drowns in river accident

Jul. 16, 2024 19:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Naomi Pomeroy, an award-winning chef who helped put Portland on the map as a culinary destination, has drowned in an inner tubing accident, authorities said. She was 49 years old. Pomeroy drowned Saturday evening in the Willamette River near Corvallis after...

Peter Courtney, Oregon’s longest-serving state lawmaker, dies at 81

Jul. 16, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Peter Courtney, Oregon’s longest-serving lawmaker and a politician who was known for his bipartisanship and skills as a dealmaker, died Tuesday, officials said. He was 81. Courtney died of complications from cancer at his home in Salem, Gov. Tina Kotek said in...

Things to know about heat deaths as a dangerously hot summer shapes up in the western US

Jul. 13, 2024 06:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A dangerously hot summer is shaping up in the U.S. West, with heat suspected in dozens of recent deaths, including retirees in Oregon, a motorcyclist in Death Valley, California and a 10-year-old boy who collapsed while hiking with his family on a Phoenix trail. ...

California reports first wildfire death of the 2024 season as fires persist across the West

Jul. 12, 2024 22:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildfires fueled by strong winds and an extended heat wave have led to the first death in California of the 2024 season, while wind-whipped flames in Arizona have forced hundreds to flee from what tribal leaders are calling the “most serious” wildfire on their reservation...

Wildfire risk rises as Western states dry out amid protracted heat wave

Jul. 12, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Western states warned of the rising risk of wildfires amid a protracted heat wave that has dried out the landscape while setting temperature records and putting lives at risk. Forecasters, meanwhile, said Thursday that some relief was due by the weekend. ...

Thousands of Oregon hospital patients may have been exposed to infectious diseases

Jul. 11, 2024 22:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 2,400 patients at hospitals around Portland, Oregon, may have been exposed to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, because of an anesthesiologist who may not have followed infection control practices, officials said. ...

US would keep more hydropower under agreement with Canada on treaty governing Columbia River

Jul. 11, 2024 20:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. and Canada said Thursday they have agreed to update a six-decade-old treaty that governs the use of one of North America’s largest rivers, the Columbia, with provisions that officials said would provide for effective flood control, irrigation, and hydropower generation...

Man sentenced to 4-plus years in death of original 'Mickey Mouse Club' cast member

Jul. 10, 2024 20:05 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man charged in the death of Dennis Day, an original cast member on Walt Disney's “Mickey Mouse Club” television program in the 1950s, has been sentenced to just over four years in prison after entering a modified guilty plea this week. Daniel Burda, 41,...