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Oregon is Becoming Fashionable

0531_fashion3.jpgWhen it comes to fashion, fleece and jeans seem to figure prominently in the wardrobes of many Oregonians. But hundreds of local fashion designers are working to change that.

From Oregon resident Michelle DeCourcy, whose designer dress was worn by Norah Jones at the Grammys, to Allison Leigh Howard, an Oregonian who made People magazine's list of hottest new designers, it appears the Beaver State is becoming fashionable.

As Pete Springer reports, a version of Oregon Vogue magazine is still a ways off, but not as far as you might think.

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County Considers New Sellwood Bridge Proposal

Contentious Debate Over Reciprocal Benefits Bill

Ripple Effect from Hanford Layoffs?

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Sealing the Cracks in the System

0526_ell2.jpgAll this week, OPB's Language of Learning series has been looking at Oregon's changing classrooms. Between 1994 and 2004, the number of students in Oregon schools who spoke languages other than English rose by almost 400% percent.

Earlier this week, we visited younger students. Yesterday, we heard about efforts to get teenagers from foreign countries up to speed in English.

Today, Rob Manning brings us the last story in the series with a look at what's being done to seal the cracks in an education system under stress.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Judge Throws Out Federal Salmon Plan

Pesticide Reporting System on Hold Six Years

Rally Against Section 8 Housing Cuts

'Amuse' Boutique Seeks Home

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High School Language Challenge

0525_ell3.jpgThis week, OPB is looking at the huge demographic changes occurring in Oregon and what those changes mean for the state's schools.

Gretchen Lehmann explored the challenges in elementary and middle schools she visited.

Today we turn our attention to high schools, where increasing numbers of teenagers are coming to school without a strong grasp of English.

Rob Manning has the next installment of our The Language of Learning series with a look at two Oregon high schools.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Oregon Senate Considers 'Where's Molly?' Bill

Rebirth of Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe

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The Multi-Lingual Classroom

0524_cornelius.jpgMore than half of Oregon public schools have students who have limited English skills. These students are known in the education system as English Language Learners or ELL students.

In order to make sure these students get an equal shot at a good education, many schools are retraining all their teachers so they can adapt their classroom material for students of all language abilities.

In this next installment of our series "The Language of Learning," Gretchen Lehmann visits two Oregon grade schools to see how this re-training plays out in the classroom.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Kulongoski Calls for More Higher Ed Funding

Buffett Makes Offer for Pacificorp

Unique Archaeological Find in Port Angeles

Budget Break Through, Sort Of

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Binnsmead: An ELL School

0523_binnsmead1.jpgThere are 138 languages spoken in Oregon public schools today. They range from Spanish, to Russian, to Punjabi, to Somali.

The majority of Oregon students speak English, but over the last 20 years the number of children who don't speak English has grown significantly.

All this week on we'll be exploring how this demographic shift is playing out in schools and in the classroom.

In this first installment of our series "The Language of Learning" Gretchen Lehmann takes us on a visit to Binnsmead Middle School in Southeast Portland, where a quarter of the students begin school with little English.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Life in the State Hospital

Republicans Claim Democrats Stuffed the Ballot Box

Governor Touts New Graduation Requirements

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'My Family, My Culture'

0519_viet.jpgThis spring marks 30 years since the fall of South Vietnam and 28 years since US troops withdrew. What may have been a political necessity for the United States felt like betrayal to the South Vietnamese, including one man who now makes his home in Portland.

As part of OPB's occasional series on immigrants and their journeys to Oregon, we track Trinh Li -- from his time as a soldier in Southeast Asia to his life in Southeast Portland.

As Rob Manning reports, this "New Oregon Trail" story is already familiar at one Portland middle school, thanks to a film project directed by Trinh's son, Viet.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Heavy Rains Fill Willamette Reservoirs

Investigation Underway on Downtown Police Shooting

Split Decision in Downwinders Case

Globalized Joblessness

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Mount St. Helens Special

0518_eruption.jpg25 Years After The Big Blast

Geologists say Mount St. Helens is a relatively young volcano -- about 40 thousand years old.

Northwest Native Americans called it "fire mountain" or "smoking mountain."

Because of the sharp cone on top, it was known as the "Fuji of America" until 1980 when it awoke from a 123 year slumber.

Geologists first detected earthquakes on the mountain on March 15th, 1980. They weren't sure the activity was significant at first. Then a larger quake struck on March 20th.

Dan Miller of the US Geological Survey says that was the day the mountain started its metamorphosis.

More St. Helens Anniversary Coverage from OPB and NPR

Stormy Anniversary at St. Helens Observatory

A Reporter Returns to Mount St. Helens

Memories of Mount St. Helens Still Strong

Visitors Flock to Observatory

Volcano Survivor Stories Still Rivet 25 Years Later

Where were you on May 18th 1980? Tell us your Mount St. Helens story here.

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All Portland Beat Cops to Carry Tasers

0517_taser1.jpgThe Portland Police Bureau held a training for 40 officers Tuesday to prepare them to use stun guns.

Chief Derrick Foxworth has decided all his beat cops will carry Tasers beginning next month.

While Tasers are not as deadly as regular firearms, they do carry a tremendous kick and have contributed to a number of deaths around the country.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Self-Enhancement Celebrates 'Potential Realized'

Globalization Good and Bad for Northwest

Parliamentary Sparks Fly Over Education Budget

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Differing Indicators on Oregon's Economy

Oregon has received a series of competing economic indicators over the last few days: The Pentagon wants to close a number of military bases, the state revenue forecast has improved and Monday the state employment department says the jobless rate has jumped.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, while it's a mixed bag, economists believe Oregon's recovery is still alive and well.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Supreme Court Sides With Wineries

Ringo Bill Aims to 'Fix' Measure 37

Architects Say State Hospital Building Not Sound

Bountiful Residents Defend Their Way Of Life


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Homicide Bill Raises Questions About Abortion Rights

0405_capitol.jpgThe Oregon House approved a bill Thursday to classify the murder of a pregnant woman as a double homicide.

Backers argued that House Bill 2020 would have the law recognize the value of an unborn child.

But critics of the measure see the bill as an encroachment on abortion rights.


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Report: Child Caseworkers Not Given Enough Direction

Bridging the Credit Divide

Matricula Cards Come Under Fire

Encouraging Kids to Walk or Bike to School

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Trusts Help Find Affordable Housing in Hot Markets

0511_house.jpgThe red-hot housing market in the Northwest is great if you've already got a home. But in communities from Orcas Island, to Ashland, people are asking how working class families can ever aspire to home ownership.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports on a tradeoff some lower-income buyers are making to get into a home of their own.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Statewide Drought Declaration No Longer Necessary

Feds Offer Grants for Surprise Student Drug Tests

Drought Spurs Water Fight in the Klamath Basin

Portland's Land Trust

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Spring Chinook Run at 30% of Projections

0510_chinook1.jpgColumbia River fishery managers have lowered their estimate of the Spring Chinook Run again.

Tuesday the Columbia River Compact announced the run would likely total around 80,000 fish. That's only one-third of the preseason forecast of more than 250,000. Fish biologists are struggling to figure out what happened.

There were great expectations for this season's run of Spring Chinook. It was supposed to be one of the largest in modern history. But so far only about 52,000 salmon have made it to Bonneville Dam, which would make the run below the historical average.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Teachers' Union and the Education Budget

Recent Graduates Try for School Board Seats

Trains Rolling Again From Northern Idaho

A Voice for Hollywood

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Mayor Says Budget Will Not Harm City's 'Essential Services'

0318_portland2.jpgThe City of Portland will cut 58 jobs under a proposed budget unveiled by the Mayor Monday.

29 other positions will be opened, but they're temporary positions.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, this is the sixth year in a row that the city has had to make major cuts.


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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered


House Votes to Cut Capital Gains Tax

Fans Get Closer Seat For Mt. St. Helens Show

Columbia Villa Residents Returning Home
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Sea Lions Scatter, For Now

0505_sealion3.jpgSea lions have been nibbling away at a disappointing run of Spring Chinook salmon and Thursday state fish agencies stepped up their harassment of the animals at Bonneville Dam.

Technicians at the dam have shot firecrackers and rubber bullets at the sea lions before but this time they had help from Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife agents who rode in speedboats.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

State Takes First Crack at Measure 37 Claims

Judith Meller: A Remembrance

Dems Make Counter Offer on Budget

Critics File Suit to Stop Casino Projects


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Sea Lions Back at Bonneville Dam

0415_sealion.jpgSea Lions are scooting up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam again. Hazing efforts have been stepped up against the salmon predators.

The first sea lion was spotted on the fish ladder Tuesday.

Corps of Engineers biologist Robert Stansell says they've chased two more away since.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

When Irish Eyes Are Prying...Sen. Smith Reviewing Travel Records

Civil Unions Up For Hearing


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Families Return to New Columbia Villa

0503_newcol2.jpgOregon's largest public housing development officially started welcoming back its residents Tuesday.

It's been 17 months since bulldozers started work at the former Columbia Villa public housing project in North Portland.

The first phase of construction is now complete, with dozens of houses ready for returning residents.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

DNA Comes in More Than Double-Helix Form

House Passes Parental Notification Bill

Republicans Increase Education Budget Proposal

Smith: Troops May be Home for Good in October

Spring Chinook Forecast Now Under 100,000


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CAFTA Debate Hits Oregon

About 250 people converged on the University of Portland Monday, to discuss Oregon's role in the global economy.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the main question on the table was: how will Oregon's congressional delegation vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA?

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered


CAFTA Battle Lines Being Drawn

House Republicans Split With Senate Over Budget

Report: Oregon 9th in Uninsured Working Adults

Judge Sets Final Parameters for Governor's Case

Farmers May Be Paid To Put Dye In Fertilizer

Cars and Kids Still Don't Mix Well

Rail Company Makes Case to Re-Open Depot

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