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Almost 200 Abuse Claims Against Archdiocese

0429_vlazny.jpgFriday is the deadline for victims of sex abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Portland to file a claim in federal bankruptcy court.

The so-called bar date is significant for defining the scope of the abuse scandal and determining how many victims will get compensation from the church.

As Colin Fogarty reports, the deadline sets the stage for both sides to negotiate a deal.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

The Urban Canopy

Creationism Enters N. Portland School Board Race

After Delay, Vote Expected on Terrorism Task Force

Posted by Michael Clapp

Salmon Plan Ruling Expected Soon

0427_salmon.jpgThe long-running debate over Columbia River fish resumed Wednesday in a Portland federal courtroom.

Environmentalists and fishing interests are challenging the federal government's new salmon recovery plan.

At the same time of the court hearing, fish managers from Washington and Oregon were meeting about this year's run of Columbia River Spring Chinook.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Governor Positions Himself for Re-Election

Kids Turning Off TV This Week

Yamhill Co. Tackles First Measure 37 Claims

Posted by Michael Clapp

Kulongoski May Act Alone on Tougher Emission Standards

0426_ted.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski may bypass the Oregon Legislature to enact California-style vehicle emission standards.

The governor says the tougher air pollution rules could be ratified administratively through the state's Department of Environmental Quality.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Sen. Smith Getting Lots of Attention in D.C.

School Board Votes to Cut 248 Teachers

New Amber Alert Website Offers E-Mail, Cellphone Options

Pow Wow Portraits

Posted by Michael Clapp

It's a Sellers' Market in Oregon

0425_house.jpgWhile first-time buyers might not want to hear it, Oregon's hot real estate market does not appear to be anywhere close to cooling down.

All over the state, sellers appear to be receiving their asking prices, and quickly.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Washington Legislature Adjourns

Senate Okays Gift Card Interest For Schools

Portland Teachers Head North for Work

Posted by Michael Clapp

Salvation Army, OHSU to Open Homeless Infirmary

The Salvation Army and a Portland hospital announced Thursday that they're teaming up to open a new infirmary for homeless people.

The 15-bed facility will be in Old Town, where many services for the homeless are already located, and it will be staffed 24 hours a day.

Organizers say the fate of one homeless man prompted them to act.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Students Try to Demystify Supreme Court

State Tests New Herpes Vaccine

Gov Signs Jobless Benefits Extension Bill

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Wordstock Boosts Portland's Image

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John Irving fans flocked to Portland's Keller Auditorium Tuesday night to hear their favorite author read some of his writing and discuss his craft.

Irving who is probably best known for his books "World According to Garp" and "Cider House Rules"-- was in town to kick-off "Wordstock."

The week-long celebration of writing and books includes readings and workshops with more than 200 national and local writers.

Gretchen Lehmann went to the John Irving reading to see what Portlanders think of this new literary event.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Nursing Bill Passes Senate

From Metro Portland to Mayberry

Kulongoski Meets with Enron CEO


Posted by Allison Frost

Kulongoski Wants to Improve Ports and Railways

0419_astoria.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski traveled to Portland Tuesday to stump for a bill that would provide $100 million to improve Oregon's railways and ports.

The governor says, the state's industrial rail lines have fallen into disrepair and it's time they're treated as a viable option for road cargo.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Spring Chinook Sport Fishing on Hold

'Doyle Bill' Cracks Down on Campaign Finance Fraud

Portland Catholics on Pope Benedict XVI

Club Event Walks Line Between Artistic and Erotic



Posted by Michael Clapp

Gay Couple Just Wants To Be 'Normal'

0418_slide.jpgOne year ago, we brought you the story of Kelly Burke and Delores Doyle.

The lesbian couple from Portland was one of 3000 to get married with a license issued by Multnomah County.

Last Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court said the county overstepped its authority and nullified those same sex marriages. That means Burke and Doyle are no longer legally married.

Colin Fogarty has this update.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Washington Plan For Columbia River Salmon Approved

Board Suspends Portland Doctor In Laser Surgery Case

Can Idaho County Use RICO Laws To Stop Illegal Workers?

"Run For Your Life' - Seaside Preps For A Tsunami



Posted by Michael Clapp

Major Victory for Opponents of Gay Marriage

0414_court.jpgIn the year since Multnomah County made international headlines by sanctioning gay marriage, 3,000 couples have assumed they were legally married.

The Oregon Supreme Court said Thursday those marriages were invalid from the very beginning.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

An Artistic Exploration of the Columbia

Students Take a Stab at Balancing State Budget

4th of July Comes Early to Bonneville Dam

Oregon Community Power Act

Posted by Michael Clapp

Nike Releases List of Factory Locations

0413_shoe.jpgActivists campaigning against sweatshops are reacting to Nike's decision to release the names and addresses of all 705 factories that it contracts with.

For years the footwear giant, and the industry as a whole, have refused to release such details.

Without them, activists have found it very difficult to research allegations of poor working conditions around the world.

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What do you think of Nike's move toward taking corporate responsibility for its business practices? Tell us in the Comments section.

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Sea Lions to Blame for Low Salmon Run?

Some Think Sin Tax Increase a Cop Out

Kulongoski Proposes Civil Unions Bill

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Portland Mayor Marks First 100 Days in Office

0412_cityhall.jpgPortland's mayor, Tom Potter, celebrates his first 100 days in office Tuesday.

Indeed, during that time he's taken on a number of seemingly intractable tasks -- like reorganizing city bureaus, getting better oversight of the local FBI's activities, and trying to make Portland the first city in the nation to allow publicly financed campaigns.

But as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, far from predicting failure, some insiders are whispering of a newfound excitement at city hall.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Debate Over In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

Former Vioxx Users Want Right to Sue

First Meeting for Regional Electric Council

Military Families Speak Out

Posted by Michael Clapp

Hanford Downwinders To Have Their Day In Court

0412_hanford.jpgA trial 20 years in the making starts this month in Spokane. A federal judge will hear pretrial motions this coming Wednesday, with opening arguments to follow later this month.

The case spotlights the radioactive legacy of cold-war bomb production at Hanford in Southeast Washington State.

Several thousand people, some of whom have since died, claim radioactive releases in Hanford's early days made them gravely ill.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Officials Puzzled by Lack of Chinook Returning to Columbia

Cash Reserves Enter Into Budget Debate

Priests Meet to Discuss Church's Future

Gov Wants to Extend Summer Food Program

Posted by Michael Clapp

City, State Look to Make Bids for PGE

0407_pge.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski weighed in Thursday on the Texas Pacific Group's decision to drop its bid for Portland General Electric.

The multi-billion dollar investment firm decided Wednesday night it would not appeal the decision by the state Public Utility Commission. The commission ruled last month that the multi-billion-dollar deal was not in the public interest.

The city of Portland said Thursday it's going forward with a counteroffer to PGE's owner, Enron. But as Ley Garnett reports, Governor Kulongoski says he prefers state ownership of the utility.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Medal of Honor Recipient Battles Red Tape

Portland Considers Public Funding for Council Races

Lottery Commission Approves New Rates

Posted by Michael Clapp

State Would Get Some of Casino Profits

0405_slots2.jpgOregon could receive as much as 17% of the profits from a new tribal casino in the Columbia River Gorge.

That's one of the conditions in a new compact signed in Cascade Locks today by Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski and Ron Suppah, the chair of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

State and local officials and tribal dignitaries gathered in a conference hall in a Cascade Locks park for a ceremony that included the local high school band, and tribal drums and song, and a prayer from the Wasco chief of the Confederated Tribes, Nelson Wallulatum.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Idaho Tries a Private Prison

Portland Examines Wildfire Plans

After 30 Years, Gary Weeks Leaves State Service

So You Wanna Be a School Board Member...

Posted by Michael Clapp

Feds to Use Their Own Salmon Plan

0405_sockeye.jpgFederal agencies that manage the Columbia River system announced today that they're implementing their drought plan. Under the plan, young salmon and steelhead would be removed from the Lower Snake River and inserted in barges and specialized tanker trucks.

But as Ley Garnett reports, conservation and fishing groups say the fed's main concern is maximum power generation.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Governor Kulongoski to Sign Deal for Cascade Locks Casino

Oregon Soldiers Home from Iraq

Zoo Honored for Condor Program

Posted by Michael Clapp

$150 Million Away from Budget Agreement

0806_capitol.jpgBudget writers in Salem failed to agree on a budget blueprint by a self-imposed deadline Monday. Instead, Democratic leaders in the Senate and House Republican released separate versions of a proposed two years spending plan.

Leaders from both chambers agreed weeks ago on how much they are going to spend in the coming biennium. The question was how to divvy up nearly $12.4 billion.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Strong Earthquakes Hit Mount St. Helens

Oregonians Mourn the Pope

Education Service Districts Face Tough Scrutiny

Squaxins Open First West Coast Cigarette Factory

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