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Apr 20,2009
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Troopers arrested a suspected Idaho bank robber after the man’s vehicle finally came to a stop following use of spike strips and a PIT maneuver during a near 20-mile pursuit on Interstate-5 near Cottage Grove on Friday.   Police used spike strips and a PIT maneuver then pinned the suspect’s vehicle following a pursuit Friday – OSP photo  Acting on a tip from the U.S. Marshal Service Oregon Fugitive Task Force, troopers began ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Members of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday toured the largest federally funded Wetland Reserve Program project on privately owned land in the Willamette Valley.   Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dan Edge (right) reviews the Willamette Valley’s largest habitat restoration project with AnneMary Myers, assistant wildlife biologist for ODFW’s South Willamette Watershed District – ODFW photo  The 580-acre parcel, located in Linn County south of Brownsville, Ore., is owned by Pat ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
The global recession will continue to drive even more Oregonians to seek state benefits to help them through the economic downturn, according to the biannual caseload forecast released by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Thursday.   Sen. Margaret Carter addresses media at Thursday’s news conference, as (l-r) Erinn Kelley-Siel (assistant DHS administrator for Children, Adults and Families Division), Bruce Goldberg and Rep. Peter Buckley listen.  The most dramatic increases in the 2009-2011 biennium will continue ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Happy Valley man who volunteered with the Rex Putnam High School girls’ soccer team has been arrested and accused of a dozen crimes in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, deputies reported. The suspect is currently an assistant coach for a club soccer program in the Portland metro area.   Travis Ferguson – CCJ photo  Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Travis Ferguson on Tuesday after an investigation was initiated ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
SALEM, Ore. — As Oregonians rush to file tax returns before today’s deadline, House Republicans released a list of 118 proposed tax and fee increases that are currently under consideration in the Democratic-controlled Legislature this session. The list, available on the caucus’ Web site, suggests no Oregonians are safe from the threat of higher taxes and fees during this economic recession. “We learned Monday that Oregon’s unemployment has risen to more than 12 percent, yet ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon House on Tuesday passed House Bill 2227, which protects Oregon farms and forest land in order to preserve jobs in Oregon.  The bill updates land use rules for siting destination resorts.  By clearly separating farms and forest land from resorts, the new rules help protect natural resource jobs while giving more flexibility to resorts in some rural counties. “Agriculture and forestry are historically important sectors of our economy,” said Nolan.  ... [full story]
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Apr 14,2009
Gov. Ted Kulongoski: “The employment statistics released today are staggering, representing the many families across the state struggling to make ends meet during this recession.    “While national economists are noting positive signs, today’s numbers also tell us that we have entered uncharted territory – that this recession is not comparable to the recessions before that we remember or read about in history books.” Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 12.1 percent in March from 10.7 ... [full story]
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Apr 14,2009
Oregon 529 College Accounts Suffered as a Result of Alleged Breach of Contract, Negligence SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Treasurer Ben Westlund and Attorney General John Kroger announced on Monday a major legal action by the State of Oregon. Acting on behalf of families whose college savings were dramatically devalued, the Attorney General filed suit for the State Treasurer against OppenheimerFunds Inc. and two affiliates to seek the repayment of lost assets in the Oregon College ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
GRESHAM, Ore. – Police say a 30-year old Gresham woman gave booze and pot to teenagers - some whom were runaways - then sexually abused them. Five alleged victims have been identified so far, and detectives believe there may be many more.   Jennifer Lynn Wills – MCJ photo  According to Gresham Police Sgt. Michael LeDuc, Jennifer Lynn Wills was arrested Wednesday after a five-month investigation that began when they were contacted by two alleged victims. Lead ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
SALEM, Ore. -- Attorney General John Kroger praised legislative leaders and Gov. Ted Kulongoski for approving a new law that will allow the Oregon Department of Justice to crack down on debt collectors who illegally harass Oregonians. "This important legislation will help us crack down on debt collectors who routinely violate state and federal law," Attorney General Kroger said. Legislation to reign in debt collectors has failed repeatedly in the past, including the last two ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
SALEM, Ore. – $1.73 million has been awarded to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), funding that can be used to support clean diesel projects and loan programs to address the nation’s existing fleet of over 11 million diesel engines. The Recovery Act funds can create jobs, boost local economies, reduce diesel emissions and protect human health and the environment. "These cost-effective projects will help Oregon speed ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
SALEM, Ore. -- In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, improve aging water infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for the people in the State of Oregon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $28,515,000 to the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Drinking Water Program. This new infusion of money will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
SALEM, Ore.  - Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced a new partnership with Mitsubishi to work with the state and Portland General Electric toward the development of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles. “Oregon welcomes the partnership with Mitsubishi as we transition to the next generation of vehicles. Together, we can build a consistent and reliable infrastructure so Oregonians can make the switch seamlessly to electric vehicles,” Governor Kulongoski said. ... [full story]
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