Oregon

Kitzhaber Key Bills
4:55 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Kitzhaber Continues Public Pressure On Key Bills

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit: Oregon Governors Office Oregon Governors Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is keeping up the public pressure on lawmakers to pass some of his major policy proposals this session. For the second day in a row, the Democrat held a state capitol press conference to urge the legislature to pass bills that have been stuck in committee.

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ELF Documentary
4:42 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Best Documentary Oscar Contender Has Northwest Connection

Film maker Marshall Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user David Shankbone Wikimedia Commons

One of the movies up for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards Sunday has a strong connection to the Northwest.

"If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front" tells of Daniel McGowan, a young man from New York who came to Eugene, Oregon to engage in environmental activism. McGowan was involved in a couple of arson fires sparked in the name of ELF.

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Seda to Prison Pending Appeal
4:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Seda Must Go To Prison During Appeal Process

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. (2010)
Photo credit: Rachael McDonald KLCC

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Oregon man must report to prison next week for a money laundering conviction. The case centered around a defunct Ashland Islamic charity.

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Governor Pressures Oregon Lawmakers
4:06 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

With Adjournment Looming, Kitzhaber Pushes Lawmakers

Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at a state capitol press conference.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – With less than a week to go in the legislative session, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to act soon on his major policy proposals. At least one of his key initiatives gained final approval Thursday, but three more are stalled.

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Forests
6:23 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Secretary Salazar Visits Oregon to Promote Ecological Timber Sales

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Photo courtesy U.S. Depatment of the Interior

MEDFORD, Oregon -- Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was in Southern Oregon Tuesday. He’s asked the Bureau of Land Management to prepare five new logging projects in Oregon that have an environmental twist. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Free Speech
5:34 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Stiffen Penalties For Funeral Misconduct

The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Aboutmovies Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are trying to crack down on bad behavior at funerals. The state House voted Tuesday to increase the penalty to up to a year in jail for disorderly conduct within 200 feet of a funeral service.

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Support For Education
6:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Union, School Supporters Rally In Salem

Oregon State capital building.
Photo Credit: Dual Freq Wikimedia commons

Hundreds of school and labor supporters rallied at the Oregon Capitol today Monday to advocate for more state spending on education and social services. Rob Manning reports.

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School Upgrades
3:52 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Making School Seismic Ratings More Accessible

A map of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
United States Geological Survey

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon parents who want to know if their child's school is strong enough to withstand a major earthquake could soon have a new way of finding out. The Oregon Senate voted unanimously Friday to require seismic ratings for all public schools in the state be posted online.

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Northwest Forestry
6:28 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Two House Bills Would Use Forests To Fund Cash Strapped Counties

A tree marked to be cut for timber.
Photo Credit: Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Representatives from the Northwest released not one, but two controversial forestry bills Thursday. Both would channel funds from timber sales to rural counties. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon Governor's Proposal
4:50 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kitzhaber Counters Legislative Budget Deal

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit: Oregon Governors Office Oregon Governors Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has a budget counter-offer to state lawmakers. The Democrat he says his plan would prevent a prison closure and some cuts to human services. His proposal Thursday would also tap reserve funds.

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