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12:05 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Oregon seniors vent at state for loss of old program (script)

About 120 senior citizens converged on the Hollywood Senior Center in Portland this afternoon (Monday,) to learn ways they might be able to pay thousands of dollars in taxes they hadn't expected.
As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, recent changes to Oregon's 'Senior Property Tax Deferral Program' have hundreds of Oregonians worried about keeping a roof over their heads.

Jean Mitchell has eight children, 22 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Today, 11-year-old Jaida (Jay-dah) drops by to give grandma a tupperware dish of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

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Education
12:00 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Student achievement flat in Oregon and Washington

Student achievement in Oregon and Washington isn't improving or declining, according to results released Tuesday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The bi-annual "Nation's Report Card" shows Oregon 4th graders scoring just below the national average on both Reading and Math. Oregon 8th graders are statistically tied with the nation as a whole. Christine Miles with the Oregon Department of Education says the results are basically flat.

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Protesting Wall Street
3:48 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Occupy Eugene protestors move to University of Oregon

Adjunct Professor of Sociology Chuck Hunt addresses Occupy Eugene Protestors at the U of O Thursday during a rally."
Angela Kellner Northwest News Network

Occupy Eugene protestors moved from Alton Baker Park to the University of Oregon Thursday. But after hours of negotiations with U of O officials, they're spending the weekend on a grassy strip on the edge of campus.

Occupy Eugene marched to the U of O Thursday and held a rally in the memorial quad.

U of O spokesman Phil Weiler says while the rally was fine, the University did not want protestors to camp in the quad, near classrooms and the library. Representatives of the University and Occupy Eugene negotiated into the evening to come up with a solution.

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Other News
9:51 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Otter's View on Patriot Act Still Stands Years Later

Boise, ID - This week (October 26th) marks the tenth anniversary of the Patriot Act. The law has been widely criticized by civil liberty advocates as unconstitutional. Ten years ago it passed overwhelmingly. But one Idaho congressman stood against it.

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Other News
3:33 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Central Oregon newspaper files suit over open records request

Bend-based Western Communications is suing Deschutes County’s District Attorney alleging that Patrick Flaherty violated the law when he denied a public records request submitted by the company’s flagship paper, the Bend Bulletin.

In a letter sent this past July, Bulletin reporter Hillary Borrud asked the DA for the job applications of two attorneys recently hired by his office. Flaherty’s response came a week later. He denied the request claiming the information was exempt under Oregon law. The lawsuit claims that Flaherty never cited the statutory basis for his denial.

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Environment
5:13 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

U.S. House bill would sell off public lands in the Northwest

A view of Huckleberry Mountain from Rachel Lake Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Walter Siegmund Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would require the Obama Administration to sell off public lands, including parcels in the Northwest.

The issue got a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., just as some northwest lawmakers are pushing for wilderness protections on other lands.

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Environment
5:55 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Bristol Bay votes to block Pebble Mine operation

Site of the proposed Pebble Mine.
National Park Conservation Assn.

DILINGHAM, Alaska – Environmentalist groups are celebrating a victory in a remote corner of southeast Alaska. Residents near Bristol Bay have voted to try to block one of North America's largest open pit mining operations.

It's proposed for a spot next to one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Environmental groups file to block wolf hunt

A gray wolf.
Courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game

BOISE - Environmental groups filed a motion Monday to halt wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.

Idaho based Friends of the Clearwater and two other groups filed an injunction in the 9th circuit court to immediately stop wolf hunts. The groups fear many wolves will be killed while they appeal a decision that upholds hunting.

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Amanda Knox in Seattle
5:52 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Idaho scientist helped free Amanda Knox

Boise, ID – A Boise State University professor can take some of the credit for American Amanda Knox going free from an Italian jail Monday.

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Economy
10:58 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Agriculture Secretary promotes jobs plan in NW

PORTLAND – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Portland Tuesday to promote President Obama's American Jobs Act.

The bill aims to spur job growth by cutting payroll taxes for employers and investing in school and transportation infrastructure.

"All of these steps have been proposed in the past by Republicans and Democrats, so there is no reason why we can't get bipartisan support for these programs," Vilsack said.

Obituary
11:29 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Oregonians remember statesman Mark Hatfield

Oregonians packed the Capitol's House Chamber Saturday to honor the late Senator Mark Hatfield. He died last month. Hatfield was eulogized as a leader with an unparalleled legacy.

Mark Hatfield Jr. spoke of his father’s limitless generosity toward his constituents, his staff, and his family.

"He was able to be so much to so many in so many right ways," Hatfield's son said.

Friends noted Hatfield's sixty-year career in Oregon and national politics left indelible marks in the state's laws and fortunes.

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Other News
3:01 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Oakridge, Oregon mayor, 3 city councilors survive recall effort

The Mayor of Oakridge, Oregon and three city councilors survived a recall election Tuesday. A financial crisis created turmoil at recent council meetings.

Mayor Don Hampton and councilors Rayetta Clark, Amy Kordosky, and Glenn Fortune are all still in office. But, for the mayor and councilor Fortune, the margin was narrow. Mayor Hampton attributes that to the widespread dissatisfaction people feel with government these days. Hampton says he's heard of the threat of recall used recently in other Oregon communities.

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Budget crisis
11:08 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Gregoire says special session will be 'brutal'

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling lawmakers back for what she expects will be a "brutal" special session focused on cutting the budget.

Gregoire said Thursday that she wants the Legislature back in Olympia to start work beginning Nov. 28.

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Law
12:12 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Killer's psychological evaluation will remain confidential

The Marion County judge who'll decide if Gary Haugen is mentally competent to be executed, is keeping the inmate's psychological evaluation confidential.

Two-time convicted killer, Gary Haugen, wants to drop all appeals of his death penalty.

He fired his lawyers after they they had him undergo a psychological evaluation, then argued he was not competent to be put to death.

Judge Joseph Guimond had set an August date for Haugen’s execution.

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Endangered species act
9:56 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Critics call grizzly self-defense bill redundant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress is set to renew the Endangered Species Act this fall. One of the hot button debates emerging in the nation’s capital revolves around the killing of a north Idaho grizzly bear.

Idaho’s congressional delegation has introduced a bill on the issue that critics call redundant.

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