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Governor orders Oregon agencies to conserve water
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is ordering state agencies to cut back on their water use.

Brown issued an executive order Tuesday setting a goal of reducing water consumption by 15 percent on average for state-owned property.

The order suggests that agencies evaluate their landscaping, fountains and window-washing. It says agencies should consider a moratorium on new landscaping that uses water and suggests placing signs that remind employees to reduce non-essential water use.

Brown's executive order also directs agencies to update plans for managing water shortages.

The governor has declared drought emergencies in 23 of Oregon's 36 counties in response to severely diminished rain and snowfall this year.

High toxin levels found in Klamath County water bodies
By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.- A health advisory was issued Tuesday due to high toxins levels Upper Klamath Lake and Agency Lake, located just north of Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County, according to a press release from Oregon Health Authority. 

Routine water monitoring by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae toxins at levels that can be harmful to humans and animals. 

Drinking water directly from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes is especially dangerous.  Skin contact with the algae can also cause rashes in individuals with sensitive skin.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters. 

People who draw in-home water directly from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins.

However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. 

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from the lakes remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded. 

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. 

People are encouraged to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching, as long as proper precautions are taken. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk, according to the press release.

Pelican Bay was not included in this advisory.

West Nile Virus detected in Central Point
By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.- West Nile Virus has been identified in Jackson County, after mosquitos tested positive in traps in Central Point, according to Jackson County Vector Control District.

So far, Umatilla, Union, Malheur, including Jackson Counties are the only ones to test positive in Oregon, according to the press release.

The last case of West Nile Virus in a person in Jackson County was in 2005. Authorities are advising the public to take precautions against mosquito bites when outside by using mosquito repellents with DEET and wearing long sleeves and pants.

West Nile Virus has been previously detected in Jackson County during the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 mosquito seasons

Though most with the disease don't show signs, symptoms of West Nile Virus include a fever above 100 degrees and severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, shaking, paralysis, or rash.

Administration would give prisoners access to student grants

JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.

The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid.

The Education Department confirmed Tuesday that it would conduct a limited pilot program to give prisoners access to the Pell grants. The official announcement was scheduled for Friday, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The prison has a partnership with nearby Goucher College.

Previewing the program, Duncan said Monday that the administration wants to develop "experimental sites that will make Pell grants available" to inmates to help them get job training and secure a productive life after they are released.

Asked for more details, Duncan told reporters in a call after the speech, "Stay tuned."

Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt declined to disclose any specifics on the length of the program, which prisoners would be eligible and how it would work.

Congress passed legislation in 1994 banning government student aid to prisoners in federal or state institutions. By setting up the proposed "experimental sites," the administration would be seeking to get around the ban with a pilot program.

The experimental sites section of the Higher Education Act of 1965 gives federal officials flexibility to test the effectiveness of temporary changes to the way federal student aid is distributed. The tests could give the Education Department data to support possible revisions to laws or regulations.

More than 2 million students now receive Pell grants, according to Duncan. The maximum award for the 2015-2016 school year is $5,775.

On Friday, Duncan and Lynch will visit Goucher College's Prison Education Partnership at the Jessup facility. About 50 students are enrolled in Goucher College through the partnership, which does not receive public funding.

The inmates don't pay tuition, and books and supplies are provided at no cost, according to the partnership.

Goucher is part of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, based at Bard College in New York. Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Grinnell College in Iowa also are part of the consortium.

Education Department Undersecretary Ted Mitchell this week called Pell grants "one of the key levers that we have" to increase the college completion rate.

Advocates for expanding federal student aid to prisoners point to societal benefits. A 2013 Rand study found that inmates who took part in education programs behind bars had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who had not. Supporters say the correctional education programs are cost-effective compared with the costs of re-incarceration.

Reps. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., introduced legislation in May that would reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for federal and state prisoners. At the time, Edwards said it would go a long way to helping curb the nation's high incarceration rate through education.

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press
JANIE HAR, Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday.

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters that Madyson Middleton was probably dead even before she was reported missing Sunday evening.

Federal and local law enforcement searched the area surrounding the complex Sunday night and throughout Monday before finding the girl's body that night.

The boy, who police say knew the girl as a neighborhood acquaintance, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Vogel said.

The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was nearby when the body was discovered, and officers found evidence in the apartment that links him to the slaying, the police chief said.

Madyson willingly went to the apartment. A motive has not yet been released, Vogel said.

Prosecutors are considering bringing charges against the boy as an adult, Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell said.

The girl's disappearance has shaken the unique artists' community called Tannery Arts Center on the outskirts of this small beach town.

Santa Cruz, with a population of 62,000, is perhaps best known for its boardwalk and liberal politics, and it's not unusual to see unaccompanied children out and about.

On Tuesday morning, the trash-collection area where Madyson's body was found remained roped off. Visitors stopped at a walkway memorial to pay respects with candles, bouquets of flowers and stuffed animals.

"My staff was so hopeful we were going to find her alive. And when the news came last night that she was not alive," Vogel said, "it was horrible."

Hundreds of volunteers had searched surrounding areas to look for Madyson, who was last seen Sunday afternoon. She had been seen riding her new Razor scooter in the courtyard, but around 5 p.m., her mother realized she was gone.

Police twice conducted a door-to-door search of the entire apartment complex, as well as a homeless shelter across the street. Vogel said he did not know if the boy's apartment was immediately searched, but they believe the girl was killed before they got a call.

Officers discovered the body on a second, more thorough search of the complex, Vogel said.

Beyond the 8-acre property, searchers from throughout the state used boats, helicopters, bikes and cameras in their efforts.

Authorities used dogs to search nearby woods and parks and the San Lorenzo River levee. Helicopters scanned the forest and the coastline, and the Coast Guard surveyed the ocean 2 miles from where she was last seen.

The Tannery Arts Center where the girl lived is a public-private nonprofit project that includes 100 affordable loft apartments for artists and their families, a cafe and dance and art studios.

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Associated Press Writer Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report. Associated Press Photographer Ben Margot contributed reporting from Santa Cruz.

ISIS supporter wanted to use weapon of mass destruction in Florida: Feds

BY AILEEN GRAEF, SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

WASHINGTON — Florida resident Harlem Suarez, a known ISIS "adherent," was arrested and charged Monday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the form of a backpack bomb in the United States.

In the formal complaint dated Monday, F.B.I. Special Agent Brian Thomas Wade said Suarez, a.k.a. "Almlak Benitez" knowingly attempted "to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States" that would have affected interstate or foreign commerce.

On April 15, the FBI was alerted by Palm Beach Sheriff's office that a week earlier they received information from a person who said they were friend requested on Facebook by an "Almlak Benitez" who was posting "extremist rhetoric" was attempting to recruit the informant to join the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The person then turned over screenshots of their communications to the police who in turn, handed them to the F.B.I.

"We are the islamic state We are isis Muslims," the Facebook account said. "And soon we will the rest of the warrior will come here to the us@ from Canada and mexico and bring the caliphate here And start fighting who are aginst Muslims ... We are you behad cristians isis."

The F.B.I. then had a confidential informant attempt to make contact with Suarez via the "Almlak Benitez" account on Facebook where Suarez indicated his desire to make a bomb but had not received instructions. Through the sources communications and surveillance the F.B.I. set up a sting to capture Suarez who thought he was purchased a bomb.

"According to the complaint, Harlem Suarez, a self-professed ISIL adherent, knowingly attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction - a backpack bomb - in the United States," said Assistant Attorney General Carlin in a statement. "Stopping attacks on our homeland by those inspired or directed by designated foreign terrorist organizations is the highest priority of the National Security Division."

Dispatcher tells 911 caller to 'deal with it yourself'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A New Mexico dispatcher has been removed from duty after telling a panicked 911 caller who was trying to save the life of a shooting victim to "deal with it yourself."

Matthew Sanchez was reassigned after officials became aware of the call, fire officials said.

"An internal investigation has been initiated," Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said Monday in a statement. "I am taking the allegation very seriously."

The call was made after Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, was shot in June as he watched other teens play cards at a friend's house in Albuquerque. He later died. Police have not named a suspect and have made no arrests.

In the recording obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, the panicked caller snaps at the dispatcher for repeatedly asking whether Chavez-Silver is breathing.

During the call, the female says, "I am keeping him alive!"

Sanchez asks, "Is he not breathing?"

The caller responds, "Barely!"

She is then heard frantically encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep breathing.

"One more breath! One more breath!" she is heard telling the teen. "There you go Jaydon. One more breath! There you go Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me, OK? OK?"

The dispatcher then asks again, "Is he breathing?"

The female responded, "He is barely breathing, how many times do I have to (expletive) tell you?"

"OK, you know what ma'am? You can deal with it yourself. I am not going to deal with this, OK?" the dispatcher says.

It seemed from the tape that Sanchez hung up on the caller in mid-sentence.

"No, my friend is dying," she said as the call ended.

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