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Lawsuit Filed Against NSA For Wiretapping

0228_wiretap.jpgA lawsuit filed in Portland Tuesday alleges the federal government illegally wiretapped lawyers for an Islamic charity based in Ashland, Oregon.

The case is thought to be the most specific allegation of warrantless wiretapping against the National Security Agency. Colin Fogarty reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Assistance League Fills Gaps In Youth Dental Care
Idaho Looks To Attract Hollywood
Repeal Measure Fails Again
Blazers Considering All Options To Stem Losses

Posted by Michael Clapp

NW States Back in the Black, But Will it Last?

For the first time since the September 11th attacks, Washington and Idaho have healthy budget surpluses.

Even in Oregon, where human service costs are a $172 million more than expected, tax revenue is flowing into the state's bank account. But across the region, lawmakers hardly feel like they've won the lottery.

Instead they have serious concerns about the future. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this regional budget round up.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Medford Hearing Debates Salvage Logging
Parents Institute Offers Help For Dealing With Teens
Oregon Governor Pushes 'Healthy Kids' Initiative
Unionization of Day Care Workers

Posted by Michael Clapp

Sten Vs. Burdick Campaign Begins

State Senator Ginny Burdick marked the official beginning of her race for Portland City Council Thursday with a bike ride.

She is gunning for Commissioner Erik Sten's seat, saying city residents can't afford to pour money into what she calls pet projects like the Water Bureau billing system, the aerial tram, and the failed effort to buy PGE.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
State Of The State Preview
Logging Science
Shooting At Roseburg High School

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Oregon Senators Work For More Money To Fight Meth

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith met with federal and local law enforcement officials in Portland Wednesday).

The topic was methamphetamine - how much money is being spent curbing the drug's use and what Congress is doing about it.

Next week, the U.S. Senate votes on a major anti-methamphetamine bill. But as Colin Fogarty reports, local detectives say meth is getting worse.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Former Portland Archbishop Levada To Become Cardinal
Crime Victims Summit Brings Together The Survivors
Oregon Sees Increase In CIM Graduates

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Oregon High Court Upholds Measure 37

0221_court.jpgOregon's one-of-a-kind property compensation initiative, Measure 37, is back.

The Oregon Supreme Court reinstated the pay-or-waive initiative Tuesday, reversing a lower court decision that had found it unconstitutional.

Justices had piles of legal briefs; an hour-and-a-half of oral argument last month and thousands of compensation claims waiting. But the Court took just six weeks and a few dozen pages to unanimously blast the ruling Marion County Judge Mary James handed down in October.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
City Set To Start Digging On East-Side 'Big Pipe'
Medford Professor Selected As Oregon's New Poet Laureate
Kulongoski And Wyden Tout Threatened Program

Posted by Michael Clapp

Piano Prodigy Deals With Celebrity And Unlearning Bad Habits

0216_waters2.jpgLast October, we brought you the story of Stanley Waters, a piano prodigy who showed promise despite an unstable childhood.

Stanley Waters was originally profiled in the Willamette Week newspaper. For most of his 18 years, his mother was addicted to crack cocaine. Now, she's clean and Stanley has begun the long journey toward developing his talent.

Colin Fogarty followed up and has this update.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
A $100 Million Summit On School Funding
Portland Jazz Fest Takes On A New Orleans Flavor
South Waterfront Project Grows In Shadow Of The Tram

Posted by Michael Clapp

City Continues To Dig Into PGE's Finances

0208_pge.jpgThe trial of Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling has moved into its third week in Houston and a witness with links to Portland is testified Wednesday.

Kenneth Rice headed Enron's broadband unit, which was based in the Rose City. Rice was asked about a 2001 meeting in Portland with Lay and Skilling where they decided to layoff 250 local workers of the broadband company.

As the trial grinds on, so does the city of Portland's probe of PGE, Enron's last standing U.S. company. Ley Garnett has this update.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Chapman Elementary Finds Ways To Help Homeless Students
Providence Offers Credit Protection To Customers Whose Records Were Stolen
Duplicate Signatures May Doom Campaign Finance Repeal

Posted by Michael Clapp

Westlund Plans To Run For Governor as Independent

0214_westlund.jpgOregon state Senator Ben Westlund announced Tuesday that he's dropping his Republican party affiliation and launching an independent bid for governor.

Westlund has represented Bend in the Oregon legislature for nearly a decade.

In a press conference at the state capitol he said the state is, in his words, "mired in mediocrity because extreme partisanship too often trumps good public policy."

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Another Gloomy Valentine For Portland Schools
A New Option In The Old Diaper Debate
A Valentine's Day Commentary by Ronault Catalani

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Ski Areas Experiment With Extreme Sledding

0213_airboard.jpgIf the Winter Olympics are giving you fantasies about plunging downhill head first in daredevil style, we have a way to approximate the feeling without shelling out for a trip to Turin.

It involves a sleek, inflatable sled and a cooperative ski resort.

In the Northwest, there's Schweitzer Mountain in north Idaho and the Hoodoo Ski Area in Oregon's central Cascades. That's where we sent correspondent Tom Banse.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Oregonians React To National Forest Sale Idea
Congress Looks To Deal With Meth Problem
U of O Dismissal May Lead To Lawsuit
Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Have Counter Claim

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Voices From the Front: Carla George

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To get a personal perspective on the meth problem in Oregon, we've asked four people who are living and working on the front lines to answer the question:

"If you had the power, what one thing would you change in Oregon to address the meth problem or its consequences here?"


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U.S. drug officials estimate that there are 1.5 million regular meth users in this country.

Carla George used to be one of them. She's been clean and sober for nine years, but her life spiraled into chaos before she found successful treatment for her addiction.

George now works as a program supervisor with Relief Nursery, in Eugene, that provides early intervention for children up to the age of 6 who are at risk of abuse.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Bush Budget Would Raise BPA Rates
Washington Signs On To Roadless Lawsuit
Kulongoski Creates Equity Task Force

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Voices From the Front: John Trumbo

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The National Association of Counties reports that methamphetamine is the leading drug-related local law enforcement problem in the country. Local law enforcement agents, like Sheriff John Trumbo of Umatilla County, know all too well the damage meth can inflict on a community.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Two Democrats Vie To Challenge Walden
Groups Advocate For More Affordable Housing
Portland Appeals PGE's Stock Plan
Environmentalist Groups Blast Bush's Budget

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Voices From the Front: Carol Chervenak, M.D.

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Hospitals across the country are reporting a surge in the number of methamphetamine patients showing up in emergency rooms.

The New York Times says 57 percent of hospitals in the Northwest point to meth as the reason for more emergency-room visits than any other drug.

As the medical director of ABC House in Albany, Carol Chervenak sees firsthand the effects of meth addiction on the drug's youngest victims.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Jim Hill Announces Run For Governor
School Funding Committee Named
Copper Prices Driving Push For Mine Near Mt. St. Helens

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Voices from the Front: Rita Sullivan

0206_sullivan.jpgThe National Association of Counties reports that health officials nationwide say there is a growing need for programs to treat methamphetamine addicts, and that meth addicts need to be in treatment longer than those who use other drugs.

As the director of OnTrack, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment program in Medford, Rita Sullivan knows just how difficult it is to break the cycle of addiction ... and how easy it is to pass it on to the next generation.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Potter Heads To Far East On Trade Mission
Bush Budget Plan Would Slash Funding For Timber Counties
Saxton Kicks Off Campaign For Governor
OHSU Expands Southward, Way Southward
To Print or Not To Print
Some Question Super Bowl Outcome

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You Can Blame (Some Of) It On La Niña

0202_flood.jpgFederal weather watchers confirm that a La Niña weather pattern has formed in the Pacific.

But Steve Todd of the National Weather Service says the phenomenon is not solely to blame for the heavy rain in the Northwest.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Spokane Settlement Doesn't Affect Portland Archdiocese
Attorney General Meets With Providence About Stolen Records
Oregon Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Smoker's Family
Funding Questions Continue To Test Portland Schools

Posted by Michael Clapp

Vancouver Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Speech

Vancouver Mayor, Royce Pollard, made news last summer when he bought and then smashed two coffee mugs -- emblazoned with 'Portland' logos -- from a Vancouver Starbucks.

His aim was to show how sick and tired he is of Vancouver living in Portland's shadow. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the mayor continued in a similar vein Wednesday with his state of the city speech.

The theme was 'Think Big' and he underlined the idea by saying Vancouver will continue to try to become Washington's second largest city -- by annexing 26 square miles of Clark County.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Walker Running For State Senate, Not Governor
Business Leaders Go Back To School As 'Principal For A Day'

Posted by Michael Clapp