Some illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses — Oregon will issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants accepted into a new federal delayed deportation program. The Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division announced the decision on Wednesday. President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows some young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children to avoid deportation for two years and obtain a work permit. Driver’s licenses will expire on the same day as the deferred-action documents. Oregon requires proof of legal status before issuing driver’s licenses.
Bus crash suit — More survivors of an Oregon bus crash that killed nine passengers have joined a lawsuit filed in Tacoma, Wash., by two teenage victims. The amended complaint filed Wednesday by attorney Charles Herrmann adds the president of Mi Joo Tour & Travel and the driver as defendants. The suit says they engaged in willful misconduct. The tour company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, also faces a lawsuit filed by a Canadian couple. Both suits seek unspecified damages. Police have yet to say what caused the Dec. 30 crash near Pendleton, but both the U.S. and Canadian governments have banned the company from operating buses.
Seaplanes at Waldo Lake —A state agency says it wants to make permanent its rules allowing aircraft to use Waldo Lake in the Cascade Range, where lake users for years have fought over engines. The Eugene Register-Guard says advocates of a ban won a large part of the argument in the spring, when the state Marine Board voted 3-2 to keep its ban on motorboat internal combustion engines on Waldo. But the board exempted seaplanes, and the state Aviation Board allowed them with temporary rules. It has set a public hearing on permanent rules for Jan. 31 in Springfield.
— From wire reports