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Lawmaker proposes lowering Oregon’s blood alcohol limit

PORTLAND (AP) — Data show that 11 people were killed in Oregon in 2017 in crashes involving drivers who had a blood alcohol level between the current legal limit and a proposed lower limit.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports state Senate President Peter Courtney has proposed legislation to lower Oregon’s 0.08 blood alcohol level limit to 0.05.

Utah is the only state with the lower blood alcohol level limit.

According to the newspaper’s analysis of data, 12 people sustained major injuries and 49 people had less-severe injuries in the crashes involving people driving under the legal blood alcohol limit.

The Salem Democrat says his bill isn’t about limiting drinking, but it’s about changing the state’s culture to stop drinking and driving.

Parent company of The Bulletin files for bankruptcy

BEND (AP) — Western Communications, the parent company of The Bulletin, has filed for bankruptcy.

The Bulletin says court filings made Tuesday show the company owes more than $10 million to more than 1,000 creditors and has assets of $10 million to $50 million.

Its largest unsecured creditor is newsprint supplier Page Cooperative Inc. of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which is owed about $946,000.

Western Communications previously filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2011 following a three-year dispute with the Bank of America, the company’s largest creditor at the time.

The company emerged from Chapter 11 protection in April 2012.

Western Communications is also the parent company of The Baker City Herald and four other Oregon publications, as well as two California newspapers.

Woman sues Home Depot for $1.5M after termination

BEND (AP) — A Bend Paralympic athlete is suing Home Depot for $1.5 million, claiming the company did not consider her disability when it fired her in 2017.

The Bulletin reports in a complaint filed Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court, Barbara Buchan claims that after suffering a concussion in a fall at work, management fired her for keeping $11 worth of presentation materials in her vehicle overnight.

Buchan suffers from a traumatic brain injury sustained in 1982 when she was competing for a spot on the U.S. Cycling Team. Buchan later achieved success as a Paralympic athlete before she started work at the Bend Home Depot in 2006.

She’s seeking damages for lost wages for claims including retaliating on a worker’s comp claim and disability discrimination.

The Atlanta-based corporation has yet to be served with complaint and a spokesperson declined to comment.

Lawyers appeal dismissal of lawsuit filed on horse’s behalf

PORTLAND (AP) — Attorneys for a once-neglected horse are filling an appeal after an Oregon judge dismissed their lawsuit last year, finding that animals don’t have a right to sue.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports lawyers from the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the horse’s former owner for lifelong costs of medical care.

The horse named Justice was discovered in March 2017 covered in lice, 300 pounds (136 kilograms) underweight and with frostbitten genitals.

Washington County Pro Tem Judge John Knowles tossed the lawsuit in September, saying “non-human animals are incapable of accepting legal responsibilities.”

He said granting legal standing to animals could result in a “flood of lawsuits.”

The animal rights activists argue the state Supreme Court has already recognized that animals can be considered victims under the state’s animal cruelty statute.