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Jan 20, 2016 4:37 PM

Oregon governor criticizes feds' handling of occupation

The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she is angry federal authorities have not yet taken action against an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon and said she plans to bill the U.S. government for what it has been costing Oregon taxpayers.

Brown on Wednesday demanded an end to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed group.

She said the occupation has cost Oregon taxpayers nearly half a million dollars so far. She didn't say what those costs entailed.

Brown said residents in the area have been "overlooked and underserved by federal officials' response thus far."

She called on federal authorities to quickly end the occupation and "hold all of the wrongdoers accountable."


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