Around the state

Third-grade threats spark controversy — Some parents in the Bandon School District are upset because they were not told that a third-grade student wrote threatening notes. The World newspaper of Coos Bay reports that more than a dozen parents complained at a school board meeting this week. Parents said the third-grader left notes in the desks of several fellow students in November, with messages such as ‘You will die” and ‘I’m going to kill you.” The teacher discovered the notes and referred the student to the principal. One parent, Dutch Hauser, alleged that the school principal tried to sweep the incident under the rug because the student’s parent is on the school board. Superintendent Dian Buche denied a cover-up, saying the district followed its safety procedures.

Bakery under investigation — The state attorney general’s office is investigating a consumer complaint filed against a Gresham bakery that declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The Oregonian and KATU report that Laurel Bowman wrote the complaint against Sweet Cakes By Melissa after she and her fiancée went to the bakery Jan. 17. In her complaint, Bowman said the owner refused to make the cake when he learned it was for a same-sex wedding and called the couple “abominations unto the lord.” Bakery owner Aaron Klein told The Oregonian he sells cakes to customers of all sexual orientations, but same-sex marriage goes against his Christian faith. He denies calling the couple “abominations.” The attorney general’s office is waiting for Sweet Cakes’ official account before deciding whether to take action.

Bus drivers to get hours limited — TriMet bus drivers will soon be required to take at least 10 hours off between shifts. The plan tentatively agreed to Friday is in response to an investigation by The Oregonian. The newspaper found that some bus drivers, eager to work overtime, had been working up to 22 hours in a 24-hour period, and were having trouble staying awake while transporting passengers. The new agreement between the transit agency’s management and Amalgamated Transit Union 757 calls for drivers to be limited to 14 hours each service day. Union president Bruce Hansen says the new rules are for passenger and public safety as well as bus operator health.

— From wire reports

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