Oregon officials investigating possible shipwreck debris

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Oregon museum officials are investigating a recently discovered wooden object that may be a boat keel from a shipwreck.

The Daily Astorian reports the wooden object that could be mistaken for an ordinary log was identify as a possible ship part by visitors at Cannon Beach Wednesday.

According the report, shipwrecks are frequently found along the Oregon coast.

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has partnered with another museum and the Maritime Archaeological Society to identify the object.

Officials say the object may be from mid-1800s but will need an evaluation from the state’s archaeologist office in Salem to confirm its exact age. Once the investigation is over, officials will decide whether the artifact is valuable enough to be moved and conserved.

Man dies after boat overturns on Oregon lake

DETROIT, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 72-year-old man who was hospitalized after an aluminum boat capsized on Detroit Lake has died.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says two men and a woman were thrown into the water Wednesday after one of them stood up, causing the 15-foot boat to overturn.

Other boaters came to their aid, and an off-duty firefighter performed CPR on Chester Correll of Corvallis until a rescue helicopter arrived. Authorities say he died Wednesday evening at a hospital.

The sheriff’s office says he had been fishing with family when the incident occurred.

The sheriff’s office says nobody aboard the capsized boat was wearing a life jacket.

Health care tax passes Oregon Legislature, heads to governor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A $670 million health care tax package has officially passed the Oregon Legislature and now heads to Gov. Kate Brown.

Lawmakers in the Oregon Senate gave final approval on Wednesday in a 20-10 bipartisan vote. The package raises tax revenue from hospitals and insurers over the next two years so that 350,000 low-income Medicaid recipients won’t lose health care and a newly-built psychiatric hospital with hundreds of patients and workers won’t be shut down.

House Bill 2391 is also one of the most important pieces of legislation lawmakers need to finish writing the 2017-19 budget that begins July 1 and must be balanced no later than July 10.

More specifically, it closes the upcoming $1.4 billion shortfall by about one-third.

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill recently signed into law in Oregon allows drivers who crash into deer and elk on the road to harvest the animals’ meat for food.

It’s not as rare as you might think.

About 20 other states also let people take meat from animals killed by vehicles. And advocates say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed grub.

Washington state began allowing the salvaging of deer and elk carcasses a year ago.

In Pennsylvania, people can take deer or turkeys that are killed on the road if they report the incidents to the state Game Commission within 24 hours.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown signed the roadkill measure with little fanfare last week after lawmakers passed it without a single “nay” vote.

Four arrested after man found dead outside Oregon school

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — Gresham police arrested four young people after the discovery of a dead body outside an elementary school.

The department says officers responded to a report of a gunshot late Monday and found the body of a 24-year-old man inside a vehicle in the parking lot.

Police have identified the deceased man as Alexander Brodigan of Gresham. Police say an autopsy shows he was murdered, killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

Those arrested Tuesday include 21-year-old Andrew McMahon of Gresham, 20-year-old Austin Brown of Portland, a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl. They face charges of murder and robbery.

North Gresham Elementary School canceled classes Tuesday because of the investigation.

Modern family: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

NEW YORK (AP) — Courts or legislatures in at least a dozen states have declared that some children have three parents. It’s an arrangement sometimes called “tri-parenting.”

While the cases are rare, they have appeared in states from Florida to Alaska.

Advocates say legal recognition reflects the realities of some families.

They include gay couples having a child with a friend, and a man seeking to remain in a paternal role after DNA shows someone else fathered the child he’s raising. New York’s first “tri-custody” ruling involved a husband, his wife and a female neighbor who had all become romantic partners and set out as three to have a child.

But some courts and experts have raised qualms that more parents could mean more parents could mean more conflict.

Man dead, woman injured following Oregon apartment fire

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead following an apartment fire in northwestern Oregon.

Fire officials in Gresham tell KGW-TV that a woman sustained injuries on Friday after leaping from a second-story window.

Officials say the woman threw puppies out the window before leaping herself, and reported a man remained inside.

Crews made it into the apartment but found the man dead. His name hasn’t been released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.