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Dec 22,2006
Black ice is being blamed for seven crashes that occurred on Highway 219 Thursday morning, one of which resulted in the death of a Cornelius, Oregon woman, said Washington County authorities. Shortly before 7 a.m. on December 21, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s office were dispatched to Highway 219 (also known as Hillsboro Highway) just south of Highway 10 (SW Farmington Road) to investigate a crash involving three vehicles. Witnesses reported that one person ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The third annual Doernbecher Freestyle project reunites Nike and Portland, Oregon-based Doernbecher Children's Hospital in a fund-raising campaign that allows creative young patients the opportunity to design Nike footwear. The patients, who have battled serious illness, are granted complete artistic license as they work with Nike designers through the entire process of design, from selecting a shoe style to choosing materials, colors and patterns. Just in time for the holidays, this philanthropic partnership provides a ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Governor Ted Kulongoski and Missouri Governor Matt Blunt will engage in a friendly wager over the outcome of the upcoming football match-up between the Oregon State Beavers and University of Missouri Tigers in the 73rd Annual Brut Sun Bowl. “Although I may feel a twinge of regret when my alma mater goes down, Governor Blunt has agreed to provide a nice selection of products from Missouri to help me savor our victory,” said Governor Kulongoski, who ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Governor pledges support for strong budget to fight addiction and drug abuse Governor Ted Kulongoski and his Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs honored an individual and four organizations Tuesday, including the entire student body of the Hood River Valley High School, for their exemplary work against addiction and drug abuse. In a ceremony at the state Capitol, the Governor recognized the award recipients and pledged to seek funding to expand the state’s efforts to fight ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force is still searching for a bank robber with a distinctive style, both in terms of his clothes and his actions. The man walked into the Bank of America Branch located at 4864 NW Bethany Boulevard in Portland at about 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th. While speaking with a personal banker, he handed the employee a letter demanding that she announce to everyone in the bank that he was ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The State will require use of Direct Deposit or the U.S. Bank® ReliaCard® Visa® to reduce costs and increase convenience for families Earlier this week Attorney General Hardy Myers announced that the state’s Child Support Program will require customers to receive payments through electronic means, eliminating the necessity of mailing paper checks. By using the state’s Direct Deposit program or the U.S. Bank ReliaCard, the state is able to save significant printing and mailing costs ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Oregon is one of the original 13 states to investigate; DOJ to receive more than $316,000 for its efforts. Attorney General Hardy Myers filed a settlement agreement yesterday with SONY BMG Music Entertainment resolving a multi-state investigation that discovered the firm had committed unlawful trade practices when it secretly placed software on millions of CDs to restrict consumers’ ability to copy the music and left computers vulnerable to hackers. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Portland Democrat brings a wealth of experience in business and budget management Oregon House Speaker-elect Jeff Merkley (D-Portland) announced today that Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland) will co-chair the House Ways and Means Committee during the legislative session that begins next January. Her practical experience will serve her well as she leads one of the Legislature’s most demanding committees. Nolan brings extensive experience in business and budgeting to her new role as Ways and Means Committee Co-Chair. ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
A smoldering cigarette left in an unoccupied bedroom caused more than $70,000 in damage and could have resulted in multiple deaths had not the homeowner alerted his son and grandchildren to get out of the house. This life threatening event reinforces the need for Oregon to have a fire-safer cigarette law. Members of the Oregon Fire Safety Coalition and the Office of State Fire Marshal have worked tirelessly and successfully gathering support for Oregon’s proposed ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon has voted to join a coalition of hundreds of organizations opposing the Palestinian Anti-Terrorist Act of 2006 (S 2370). In an unexpected move last week before adjourning, the House passed the Senate version of the bill, paving the way for it to be signed into law by the President. This Act imposes draconian economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Palestinian people for exercising their right to vote in legislative ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The FBI released a preliminary report earlier this week detailing January -- June 2006 crime data based on the submissions of 11,535 law enforcement agencies in the United States. Each of these agencies had to submit three to six comparable months of data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for January through June of both 2005 and 2006. Statistics from the report include the following: Portland saw less than a one percent increase in ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Heating oil customers in the Portland metropolitan area now have an easy time choosing Oregon-made biodiesel blends to keep their homes warm.  Deluxe Fuel, First Call Heating & Cooling, and Priestley & Sons Oil recently joined Star-Oilco in offering regular heating oil blended with 20 percent biodiesel.  The biodiesel is made from waste cooking oils at SeQuential Pacific’s Salem biodiesel plant.“Biodiesel is becoming mainstream because our customers want it.  There’s something very personal and accessible ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Oregon Zoo's rare ocelot kitten made his much-anticipated debut Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to see the adorable kitten in person, welcome him to the zoo and learn his new name. "He is growing by leaps and bounds," said Mitch Finnegan, zoo veterinarian. "He is about half the size of his mother at only 3 months and will eventually outweigh her." Closely following in mom's footsteps, the kitten has ... [full story]
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