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GENETICALLY MODIFIED WHEAT

PORTLAND — A genetically modified test strain of wheat that emerged to the surprise of an Oregon farmer last month was likely the result of an accident or deliberate mixing of seeds, the company that developed it says. Representatives for Monsanto Co. said during a conference call that the emergence of the genetically modified strain was an isolated occurrence. It has tested the original wheat stock and found it clean, the company said. By Nigel Duara.

LOBBYING LAW LOOPHOLE

SALEM — A bill tweaking Oregon's government ethics laws could end up creating a new loophole that would allow lobbyists to buy food, drinks and entertainment for senior state officials without reporting the expenditures. By Jonathan J. Cooper.

TRACKING DEVICES-STUDENTS

SALEM — It hasn't happened yet in Oregon, but some lawmakers want to be prepared for the day schools replace roll call with tracking devices. The Oregon Senate passed a bill Wednesday in a 28-2 vote that would require schools to notify students, parents and the state Board of Education before integrating radio-frequency technology that would track students' locations on campus. By Lauren Gambino.

OREGON STATE FORESTS

GRANTS PASS — The Oregon Board of Forestry has taken on a tough job: figuring out how to produce more logs as well as better fish and wildlife habitat through logging on state forests. The board voted unanimously to embark on a new management plan for three state forests in the northwest corner of the state — the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam. By Jeff Barnard.

WILD HORSES-INDEPENDENT REVIEW

RENO, Nev. — A scathing independent scientific review of wild horse roundups in the West concludes the U.S. government would be better off investing in widespread fertility control of the mustangs and let nature cull any excess herds instead of spending millions to house them in overflowing holding pens. By Scott Sonner.

AP Photos NVLAS501, RPSS101, RPSS107, RPSS102, RPSS103.

PRECISION CASTPARTS-UNION

PORTLAND — More than 2,000 local employees of Precision Castparts Corp. are deciding whether to unionize Oregon's only Fortune 500 company besides Nike. Workers will vote Thursday and Friday in the companies' Portland, Milwaukie and Clackamas plants whether to join the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. The National Labor Relations Board will supervise the election in a secret ballot covering 12 factories

EUGENE COLD CASE

EUGENE — It's been 25 years since Candice Roy was sexually assaulted and strangled just days before her high school graduation and the case is still unsolved.

ASHLAND NAMES

ASHLAND — It says a lot about the creativity of a community when a guy thinks his first name — William — is uncommon. By Janet Eastman of the Mail Tribune.

SPORTS

ATH--NCAA TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

EUGENE — Iowa State senior Betsy Saina was so disappointed by her second-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA indoor championships that she resolved to end her college career on a better note. Pressured all the way by Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton, Saina pushed at the end to win the 10,000 at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Wednesday night. By Anne M. Peterson.

ALSO MOVED:

— LAKE OSWEGO KILLING — Judge: man competent for trial in Ore. man's machete slaying.

— AUTO REPAIR FATAL — Man, 19, killed when jack fails, truck falls on him in Portland auto repair shop.

— COUPLE DIES — Veneta couple found fatally shot in home; officers don't believe anyone else involved.

— MISSING VISITOR — Honolulu police arrest 38-year-old man in connection with Oregon visitor's death.

— MOTORIST RESCUED — Ore. motorist, 93, rescued after being trapped for more than a day.

— AURORA-HARASSING ALLS — Portland man who contacted Colo. theater victims' families pleads guilty.

— PORTLAND POLICE SHOOTING-SETTLEMENT — Council Oks record settlement in 2011 Portland police shooting.

— HOSPITAL TAKEOVER — City Council endorses Asante takeover of Ashland Community Hospital.

— BAKER COUNTY DROUGHT — Baker County commissioners declare drought disaster.

— MINORS-SEX CRIMES — The Oregon Legislature has narrowly approved a bill that would allow some young offenders convicted of having sex with underage partners to request the crime be removed from their records.

— PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE — The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would require charter schools to display the American flag in their classrooms, as public schools are already required to do.

— IMMIGRANT DRIVER'S LICENSES — Immigrants living illegally in Colorado will be able to get driver's licenses under a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

— PORTLAND CAB STOLEN — Police say a taxi stolen during an assault in downtown Portland has been recovered in Vancouver, Wash.

— COAL TRAINS-LAWSUIT — The Sierra Club is suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe in federal court in Seattle over coal dust that blows off trains into Washington rivers and Puget Sound.

— ALASKA AIR-FAIRBANKS — Alaska Airlines plans to replace most of the jets it flies between Fairbanks and Anchorage with three turboprop planes, freeing up the jets to be used for new routes between Anchorage and the Lower 48.

— ARRAIGNMENT DISRUPTED — A man charged with attempted murder interrupted and argued with a judge at his arraignment in Medford.

A LOOK AHEAD:

Upcoming stories from the AP in Oregon:

— June 18: Trial date for Rebecca Rubin, charged with taking part in fires set by ecoterrorism group.

— June 27: Sentencing scheduled for Mohamed Mohamud on terrorism charges. He was convicted of plotting in an FBI sting to detonate a bomb at the 2010 Portland tree-lighting celebration.

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