Slain mental health worker — A man accused of killing a mental health worker in May pleaded guilty except for insanity Tuesday and is expected to be sent to the Oregon State Hospital. Brent Redd was accused of stabbing Jennifer Warren when she delivered medicine to his apartment in St. Helens. Redd pleaded guilty except for insanity in 2007 after he was accused of trying to kill his mother. He was sent to the Oregon State Hospital and in 2010 transferred to Columbia Community Mental Health. Under the terms of the sentence imposed Tuesday by Judge Steven Reed, the state Psychiatric Security Review Board can keep him in the hospital for the rest of his life.
Government efficiency — Several interest organizations want Oregon to do a better job collecting taxes, and they’re calling on the Legislature to beef up enforcement. The recommendation was one of several in a report on government efficiency released Tuesday by public-employee unions, the AARP, the Oregon Student Association and a number of other organizations, most of them liberal interest groups. They want to free up more money for their priorities, including schools, health care and long-term care for seniors. The organizations also recommend cutting funding for supplies and contract services in state agencies, and cutting deeper into middle management. Two years ago, lawmakers told many state agencies to aim for a worker-to-manager ratio of 11-1. House Democratic Leader Val Hoyle said lawmakers have a responsibility to make the most of limited tax dollars.
Rescued dogs up for adoption — The Oregon Humane Society said 70 dogs rescued from a Brooks warehouse will be available for adoption today. Society spokesman David Lytle told The Oregonian the plan had been to offer 45 dogs for adoption initially. But he said more dogs than expected were returned to the society from foster homes. The animals will be available at the society’s Portland facility. The dogs are among 166 recovered from a warehouse in Brooks, a car and from private homes in January as part of one of the biggest animal neglect cases in recent history. Three people have been charged in the case.
— From wire reports