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5:39 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Lawmaker Proposes Grant Program For School Safety

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:51 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will consider a bill next year aimed at improving security measures at K-12 schools. Representative Mitch Greenlick says he has 16 co-sponsors on a proposal to create a state grant program for districts to tap into.

The Portland Democrat says the money could be used for things like video monitoring and keycard access systems for school entryways. Schools could also build perimeter fencing. Greenlick says even if the grant program doesn't cover every school in Oregon, it could still spur changes.

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Nike Tax Status
7:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Pass Bill To Give Nike Special Tax Status

The Special Session of the Oregon legislature lasted just one day. The unusual lame-duck gathering Saturday was meant to assure sports apparel giant Nike that the state would not change the way it calculates income taxes for the Oregon-based company. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Remembering Oregon Shooting
7:10 am
Mon December 17, 2012

School Shooting Brings Back Vivid Memories For One Oregon Educator

The tragedy in Connecticut has brought back memories of May 21st 1998, the day of Oregon’s deadliest school shooting. KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports.

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Tidal Energy
7:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Not Easy To Find Room For Ocean Energy

A wave energy generator built by Ocean Power Technologies rests on its side on a dock in Scotland, just prior to deployment. OPT says its Reedsport, Ore. project will use the same type of buoy.
Credit Photo courtesy OPT

It goes without saying that the Pacific Ocean is vast. So it may come as a surprise to hear the sea described as "crowded." Perhaps even too crowded to make room for the nascent industry of wave and tidal energy. Taxpayers and investors have pumped tens of millions of dollars into finding ways to turn the ocean's power into electricity. Correspondent Tom Banse reports high stakes negotiations to identify wave energy sites on the Oregon Coast are finally getting somewhere.

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Bridge Toll
6:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Oregon, Washington Consider I-5 Bridge Toll

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

One of the biggest traffic choke-points in the Northwest is the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. Replacing it will be one of the region’s most expensive construction projects in a generation. Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are considering funding packages to replace the bridge. A key question is whether enough drivers will pay the tolls planners say are needed to finance the project. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Student CPR Training
6:32 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Students & Fire Chief Advocate For CPR As A Graduation Requirement

Students demonstrate CPR at a committee hearing.
Credit Photo by Virginia Alvino / Northwest News Network

Oregon high school students would be required to learn CPR to get a diploma, under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. A group of students were in Salem Wednesday to lobby on the issue. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Oregon Budget
6:49 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Relies On Cost-Cutting Measures

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's proposed budget relies on cost-cutting measures to public pensions, health care and prisons. The Democrat will unveil his two-year spending plan at the state capitol Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman got an early look and has this report.

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Death Penalty Moratorium
6:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

One Year After Death Penalty Moratorium, Little Has Happened

A view of Oregon's execution chamber.
Credit Photo courtesy Oregon DOC

One year ago this week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stunned the state and made international headlines when he issued a moratorium on the death penalty. He said he hoped his action would spur state lawmakers to a conversation about the death penalty. But so far, there's little momentum for the legislature to act on the issue. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Gold Medalist
6:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Oregon's Gold Medalist Eaton Wins Another Honor

Olympic Decathlon gold medalist and world record holder Ashton Eaton.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest Public Radio

Eugene-based track star Ashton Eaton already has a world record to his name and a gold medal in decathlon from this year's London Olympics. Monday, the central Oregon native got to add another honor to his crowded shelf. The sport federation USA Track & Field named Eaton as its male athlete of the year.

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Oregon Coast Fishing
5:58 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Federal Cuts To Small Port Maintenance Cripple Oregon Coast Fishing Town

Photo of Port Orford, Oregon.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Top brass from the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to Port Orford Tuesday to deliver bad news. The corps says it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future. Other small ports in the Northwest will face similar cuts.

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