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Franklin County Officials Consider Suing Federal Government Over Bladderpods + More News Briefs

Franklin County officials consider suing over bladderpod plant designation
(Townsquare media-Department of Natural Resources)

Franklin County Commissioners Consider Suing Federal Government over Controversial Land Ruling

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Franklin County commissioners have voted to hire a lawyer to look into suing the Fish and Wildlife Service over plans to designate critical habitat for an endangered wildflower, the White Bluffs bladderpod. More than 100 people packed the meeting to protest possible government restrictions on how they use their farm land.

Oregon Same-Sex Couple Claim Discrimination Against Bake Shop

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Two women planning their marriage say they were denied a wedding cake by a Hood River baker because they are lesbians. Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh told KATU when they went for a tasting at Fleur Cakes, owner Pam Regentin refused service because of the same-sex wedding. Regentin said despite anti-discrimination law, she believes she has “the liberty to live by my principles.” In February a bakery in Gresham also turned away a same-sex couple. The state Bureau of Labor and Industries is still investigating.

Seattle Man Dribbling Soccer Ball to Brazil Hit and Killed in Oregon


LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup has been struck and killed by a pickup truck in Lincoln City. Police say 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit yesterday morning while walking south along U.S. 101 near the city limits. The driver has not been charged.

Portland Worker Files Workplace Lawsuit over Perfume

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland employee is suing the city, claiming she was sickened by a co-worker’s scented fragrance. The lawsuit from maintenance worker Julie Reynolds seeks $50,000 in damages. She says she has a condition that can be triggered by the smell of perfume or hand lotion. A lawyer for the city told KGW it would not comment on the lawsuit.


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