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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department budget will increase funding to programs while eliminating redundancy and waste, President Barack Obama said. Obama unveiled his budget outline for fiscal year 2010 Thursday. HUD's projected budget provides full funding for the Community Development Block Grant program at $4.5 billion, as well as reforming the CDBG program to better target economically distressed communities. An Affordable Housing Trust Fund would be capitalized and launched by a ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
DEQ Issues $3,137 Penalty to Mt. Hood Forest Products LLC for Stormwater Runoff Permit Violation at its Hood River Facility HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $3,137 penalty to Mt. Hood Forest Products, LLC, for failing to collect and analyze samples of stormwater runoff at its facility at 4865 State Highway 35 in Hood River.  Mt. Hood’s failure to conduct the monitoring violates its stormwater discharge permit. On ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
LONDON - Richard Williamson, the controversial traditionalist Catholic bishop, has sought advice from British Holocaust denier David Irving, Irving says. Irving told The Telegraph that Williamson, recently forced to return to England from Argentina, got in touch with him by e-mail. "He is obviously a very intelligent man who did not realize the danger of talking to the press," Irving said. "He is not a Holocaust denier. Like me, he does not buy the whole ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., indicated Thursday that she was not interested in reinstating the ban on assault weapons. The Hill reported that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder suggested the Obama administration would push to bring back the ban. Pelosi said the White House has not broached the subject with her. "I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now," Pelosi told reporters Thursday. "I think it's clear the ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A 24-year old McMinneville man who police describe as a transient was arrested Tuesday after a teenage girl reportedly admitted she had a sexual relationship with him, detectives reported.   Terry Lee Wilmeth, Jr. – YCCF photo  McMinnville Police Detective Sgt. Matt Scales said an investigation against Terry Lee Wilmeth, Jr. began when a 15-year-old girl disclosed the relationship. Wilmeth was considered a friend of the family, and allegedly gave her alcohol. Wilmeth was ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The $26.5 billion U.S. Justice Department budget for 2010 would fund national security and crime-fighting efforts, budget figures show. The budget, part of the proposal President Barack Obama presented Thursday, provides $8 billion for the FBI, including $425 million in enhancements, and $88 million for the national security division. The funding "supports the detection and disruption of terrorists, counterintelligence, cyber security, and other threats against our national security," the document said. The budget ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that would give the District of Columbia a full voting seat in the House of Representatives. The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) said the House is expected to approve the measure next week and President Barack Obama has said he would sign it. But Republicans say they will challenge the constitutionality of the bill in court. The Constitution says House seats are supposed to be voted on by ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - News photographers will be able to cover the arrival of U.S. war dead if families approve, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. Gates reversed a policy put in place in 1991 at the outbreak of the Gulf War under President George H.W. Bush, The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) reported. The policy had been continued by presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The policy followed an incident during the invasion of Panama in 1989 ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stands by his swipe at federal spending to monitor volcanoes but a mayor in the path of a volcano is fuming, officials say. In delivering the Republican response to U.S. President Barack Obama's speech this week, Jindal, a rising GOP star, questioned why "something called 'volcano monitoring'" was included in the massive economical stimulus bill. His question promptly rankled the mayor of one city in the shadow of Mount ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2009
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The number of hate groups active in the United States rose by 54 percent between 2000 and 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Thursday. Barack Obama's successful presidential campaign and the economic slump were new factors in the growth in hate groups in 2008, the group said in its annual "Year In Hate" report. The center identified 926 groups in 2008, up 4 percent from 888 in 2007 and a substantial ... [full story]
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