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Feb 26,2009
U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio, representing the 4th Congressional District of Oregon, issued the following statement on President Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget, which was released this morning. "Overall, I was pleased with President Obama’s 10-year budget outline.  The budget is an honest assessment of the challenges facing our nation, no longer hiding costs like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax each year.  Years of fiscal irresponsibility under the Bush ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department 2010 budget contains $12 billion to protect lands and waters as well as promote energy security, the White House said. National park protection and preservation initiatives would receive $100 billion in additional funds, and an additional $25 million would be available to leverage private donations in the department's budget proposal presented by President Barack Obama Thursday. The Land and Water Conservation Fund will receive $420 million with annual increases ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The 2010 budget initiative proposes a $2 billion increase for the U.S. Transportation Department from $70.5 billion to $72.5 billion. President Barack Obama presented his fiscal year 2010 budget outline to Congress Thursday. The Transportation Department also received $48.1 billion in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act for shovel-ready infrastructure construction projects. The proposed 2010 budget includes a five-year, $5 billion state grant program for high-speed rail projects, which is above $8 billion ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
The Oregon Military Department has added an additional seven projects to the 18 already approved by the Oregon legislature by obtaining additional federal stimulus monies from the National Guard Bureau. "This is a fantastic way to combine both state and federal dollars to assist with our facilities maintenance back log at other installations throughout Oregon," said Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director Oregon Military Department. The projects were selected based on priorities that would reduce ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan and Pakistan would be eligible to receive non-military help under provisions of the proposed U.S. State Department budget introduced Thursday. In addition, the budget realigns U.S. assistance to Iraq to "help responsibly end the war and enable Iraqis to assume more control of their country," the document said. The allocation also would increase funding for non-proliferation activities to secure nuclear material at vulnerable sites. It also increases counter-terrorism and law enforcement aid ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The five children of a McMinnville couple were taken into protective custody Wednesday after their parents were arrested on multiple charges for reckless endangerment, possession of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a minor, police reported.   (left) William James Duncan, (right) Tracy Ann Duncan – YCCF photos  According to a news release issued by the McMinnville Police Department, while on traffic duty Officer Mike LaRue noticed that five children, ranging in age from ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks against the United States, officials said. Christopher Paul, 44, pleaded guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in June, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported. He was sentenced by Judge Gregory Frost in Columbus. The newspaper reported that Paul was considered by the U.S. attorney's office to be a member of the al-Qaida terrorist network who ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said the U.S. Labor Department's 2010 budget would seek to fundamentally reform the nation's unemployment insurance system. Building on modernization reforms included in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the proposed budget will focus on making the benefits program more accessible to unemployed workers and ensuring its integrity, the administration said in the budget document. President Barack Obama turned over his budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 to Congress Thursday. ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
SHERWOOD, Ore. – Neighborhood complaints prompted an investigation and drug raid at a southwest Sherwood home today, and culminated in the arrest of a 19-year-old man accused of selling heroin, police reported. According to a news release prepared by the Sherwood Police Department, officers had received repeated complaints about the suspect's residence at 22756 SW Kathy Street, and about 1 p.m. today officers, members of the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team, and deputies with the Washington County ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
NEW YORK - Rescuers began Thursday trying to free a humpback whale from entangling fishing gear as Coast Guard vessels protected the animal 8 miles off the Jersey Shore. A team from the Center for Coastal Studies, based in Provincetown, Mass., arrived in late morning, Newsday reported. They were cooperating in the rescue with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Jamison Smith, the large whale disentanglement coordinator for NOAA, said the whale is 25 feet ... [full story]
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