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OREGON

Power plant must stop using abortion waste

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.

While taking the action, Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson said they were horrified to learn that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in rural Brooks might be burning abortion waste to generate electricity. Both strongly oppose abortion rights. The Oregon facility is a partnership between the county and Covanta, a New Jersey-based firm that operates energy-from-waste power generation plants.

Jill Stueck, a Covanta spokeswoman, said the company is cooperating with the suspension.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Protest stops Holder from trip to Oklahoma

WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. is a traveling attorney general, with a penchant for trips around the country and the world to give speeches or inspect offices.

But Thursday he canceled a planned speech in Oklahoma City at the 130th Police Academy graduation ceremony, after local Republicans announced that they planned to bring out “hundreds” of protesters.

Oklahoma gun rights activists, citing the bungled “Fast and Furious” scheme to catch gun traffickers, and a conservative state representative called the invitation to Holder an outrage. There may have been security concerns about the appearance. A libertarian website, Liberty Voice, said Wednesday that “Eric Holder may want some extra security on his visit to Oklahoma City,” citing the planned protests.

– McClatchy Newspapers

VERMONT

Bill calls to label food genetically modified

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill, which would require the GMO labels on produce and processed foods and which carries a maximum civil penalty for violators of $1,000 per day per product.

The Senate previously approved the measure, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it into law. With his signature, the requirements would take effect July 1, 2016, giving food producers time to comply.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Obama’s deportations changes irk Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators accused President Obama on Thursday of displaying “an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens” by considering administrative changes to the nation’s deportations policy.

In a letter to the president, the senators said that changes under consideration would amount to “near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement.”

The Associated Press reported this week that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who is conducting a review ordered by Obama on how to make the administration’s policy on deportations more humane, is weighing limiting removals of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don’t have serious criminal records. Other changes also are possible.