Around the state


Published Jul 1, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

I-5 bridge project — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he's “extremely disappointed” that Washington state lawmakers weren't able to agree on funding for the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing project, effectively dooming the plans to replace an Interstate 5 bridge between the states. Oregon had committed $450 million to the proposed span between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., contingent on the Washington Legislature approving the same amount. Opponents said the proposed bridge was too low, and they were worried about costs.

Charity law — Oregon's new charity law will punish those nonprofits that spend too little of their dollars on their missions. State officials and nonprofit leaders believe Oregon is the first state in the nation to take this approach. The Statesman-Journal reports House Bill 2060 will eliminate state and local tax subsidies for charities that spend more than 70 percent of donations on management and fundraising over a three-year period.

Fireworks injury — A Medford man who lost two fingers when an illegal firework exploded is recuperating at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. David Jenkins tells the Mail-Tribune he is in good spirits despite his Friday morning injury that will require one more surgery. Medford police say Jenkins and some friends lit what is called a double-shot mortar, which is illegal in the state. Only one of the two embedded explosives went off when Jenkins lit it. Police said they issued Jenkins a $250 citation for using the illegal firework.

— From wire reports