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Feb 28,2007
Oregon will join Arizona, California, New Mexico and Washington to set specific targets and strategy for greenhouse emission reductions Salem – This week Governor Ted Kulongoski announced that the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington will take the lead in addressing climate change with a new western regional initiative that commits the states to set clear reduction targets for greenhouse emissions and a market-based strategy to achieve those reductions.   “Today’s announcement shows how the ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
Raise the Federal Tobacco Tax to Cover More Kids, Smith Says Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) announced today that he will support a raise in the federal tobacco tax to fund health care coverage for more children and pregnant women under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).   SCHIP must be reauthorized by the end of 2007.  Senator Smith has said he would use the increased revenue to expand the program to cover all children ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2007
All House Republicans vote against saving for Oregon’s future, Democrats vow to press ahead on ballot measure referral SALEM—House Republicans failed today to commit to a real and sustainable Oregon Rainy Day Fund championed by House Democrats and supported by all of the state’s major business associations.  House Bill 2707 would have established the state’s first Rainy Day Fund and directed the 2007-2009 Corporate Kicker and one percent of the state's general fund balance into ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2007
Oregon Federal District Court Judge Anna Brown today formally approved a nationwide multi-million-dollar class action settlement between Hartford Fire Insurance Company and more than 700,000 of its policyholders. The policyholders alleged that Hartford Fire and its subsidiaries failed to provide notice as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it charged customers more for insurance based on information in their credit reports. If the policyholders had been able to prove at trial that the ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2007
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate took a slight dip in January, with 5.2 percent last month compared with 5.4 percent in December, according to a report released today by the Oregon Employment Department. Oregon still ranks higher than the nation’s average.  The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in January and 4.5 percent in December. In January, Oregon’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 500. Between July and January, this measure of employment has ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2007
A 34-year Oregon State Police (OSP) veteran thought he had seen it all until he saw an amphibian-style airplane in his rearview mirror after it made an emergency landing Sunday morning on Interstate 84 about 15 miles east of Baker City. The plane, landing because of poor weather conditions, was able to take off about three hours later with the assistance of OSP troopers and Oregon Department of Transportation personnel.     An amphibian plane with a ... [full story]
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Feb 25,2007
Five California residents were injured, two seriously, in a crash involving two sport utility vehicles near Interstate-5 in Grants Pass on Saturday afternoon. Troopers are investigating to determine whether marijuana found in one of the vehicles contributed to the collision.   The driver and one passenger of this vehicle (above) were seriously injured in the crash.  The other two occupants received minor injuries. OSP photos.    One ounce of marijuana was allegedly found in Brian Findlay’s vehicle (above).  ... [full story]
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Feb 25,2007
A Lincoln County dog-owner was cited Thursday for allegedly allowing her two large dogs to chase and kill a cow elk. An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper responded to a private field off Slick Rock Creek Road about 3:30 p.m. February 22, authorities reported, and saw an elk lying in the field struggling to survive.   Fish & Wildlife Division troopers believe the elk, stressed from being chased by the two large ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
In a few short minutes prior to a head-on fatal collision between a car and a semi-truck on I-5 south of Salem early Friday morning, at least 18 people called police to report a wrong-way driver on the interstate highway.  Oregon State Police (OSP) dispatch received the first of eight calls within a two-minute period, and Marion County emergency 911 dispatch received at least 10 similar calls, police reported.   A driver traveling the wrong-way on ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
A teacher’s aid at the Salem Child Development Center who was arrested in January and pleaded guilty to sexual abuse on a child was sentenced to 75 months in prison, authorities reported.   Joshua N. Shewell, Photo provided by SPD Joshua N. Shewell, 30, was accused of two counts of first-degree sex abuse and one count of first-degree sodomy against an eight or nine-year-old girl in 2001, Salem Police’s Public Information Officer Lt. Bill Kohlmeyer said.  Shewell ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
In an effort to protect infants and toddlers in foster care, Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) has introduced the Safe Babies Act of 2007.  Specifically, the legislation builds upon the innovative work being conducted in juvenile courts around the country, including Oregon.  The bill authorizes funding for juvenile courts to create “Court Teams” for the integrated handling of infant and toddler abuse and neglect cases in the foster care system. “In our nation, millions of children are ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
(Salem, Oregon) The Oregon House of Representatives today approved a measure that would allow only “fire-safe” cigarettes to be sold in the state. The bill, which passed on a unanimous 58-0 vote in the House, requires the State Fire Marshal to determine if a cigarette variety meets the reduced ignition propensity guidelines. “Preventable deaths like the ones caused from cigarette fires are the most tragic,” said House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D-Portland). “This is simple technology ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Governor Kulongoski rallies for increased funding for higher education -- urges legislature to raise corporate minimum income tax and pass his education budget Salem, Oregon -– Yesterday Governor Ted Kulongoski addressed students, faculty, administrators and staff of Oregon’s seven universities and seventeen community colleges and asked for their help to pass his higher education budget, and to raise the state’s corporate minimum income tax to expand financial aid and the Oregon Opportunity Grant.   “The opportunity to afford ... [full story]
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