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Northwest News in brief

Pipe bomb found in Boardman

BOARDMAN (AP) — An Oregon State Police detective says a pipe bomb discovered in the Eastern Oregon city of Boardman would have damaged a mobile home park if it had exploded.

Detective Dennis Wagner told the East Oregonian newspaper that the bomb’s potential blast radius was at least 100 yards.

Two women found the unusual-looking device Saturday while cleaning up at Boardman’s Community Pride Day. It turned out to be a pipe bomb with explosive powder and 4-inch nails to create shrapnel.

Police have no suspects in the case.

Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

Immigrant license bill passes House

SALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of immigrants living in Oregon without legal permission will be able to get four-year driver’s licenses starting Jan. 1 under a bill given final legislative approval by the House on Tuesday.

The House passed the measure in a 38-20 vote following more than an hour of debate. Gov. John Kitzhaber said he will sign it today, May 1.

Supporters say the proposal will improve public safety because more drivers would be trained and insured. Opponents say the licensing program grants privileges to people who are breaking the law and will encourage illegal immigration.

Wash. wind tower topples

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Ellensburg utility officials are investigating why a wind turbine toppled at the city’s Renewable Energy Park.

The Daily Herald reports the tower buckled Monday when 30 mph winds were blowing with gusts to 45 mph.

Other towers at the wind farm are being checked for structural damage.

Information from: Daily Record, http://www.kvnews.com

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