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6/28/2007 - Cold-Averse Plants Warm Up to a New Home

0628_flowers.jpg With apologies to most of the country, we gardeners in the Pacific Northwest are spoiled rotten. Our temperate climate enables us to grow a glut of the world's plants.

Walk down a leafy street and you'll see not only native or Asian plants, but less familiar species from South Africa, Chile and the South Pacific, particularly from New Zealand.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Lawmakers Wrap Up Shortest Session Since '95
Farmers, Interest Groups React To Squashed Immigration Bill
Metro 'Open To Partnerships' With Businesses To Run Park System

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/27/2007 - Senate Colleagues Prepare For Kate Brown's Farewell

0627_katebrown.jpgWhen the 2007 session of the legislature ends, it will be the last time Portland Democrat Kate Brown will lead her caucus in the Oregon state Senate.

Brown's been in the legislature for 16 years. She's spent half that time as leader of the Senate Democrats, the longest caucus leader that legislative veterans can remember.

They consistently rate Kate Brown as one of the most effective legislators in Salem. Colin Fogarty has this profile.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Legislature Heading For First June Finish In Over 10 Years
Air National Guard Releases Name Of Pilot Killed In Crash
Blazers' Top Draft Pick Has Portland Holding Its Breath

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/26/2007 - Scientists Working To Shore-Up Honeybee Population

0626_bees.jpgYou may have heard that the nation's honeybees are in trouble. Their numbers have declined by about a quarter in just the last year alone.

Worst of all, nobody knows why.

In response, scientists and the federal government are trying to come up with ways to encourage more bees and other pollinators to thrive.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Mayor Potter Announces Grants For Safety At New Columbia
TV Stations Blur The Line Between News And Ads
Final March Is On For Salem Lawmakers
Report Shows Significant Increase In Child Abuse Cases

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/25/2007 - One-Party Rule Yields Mixed Bag In Salem

0622_capitol3.jpgThe clock is ticking for the Oregon legislature. Lawmakers have until the end of the week to wrap things up.

It was the first session in 16 years that one political party enjoyed control of the House, the Senate, and the Governor's office. Salem correspondent Chris Lehman reports on how things worked out with the Democrats in charge.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Flight Attendant Wings Through Lifetime Of Airline Change
Are Advertising Agreements Healthy For Local Television News?
Governor Signs Bills To Protect Children In Foster Care

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/21/2007 - Chinese Pop Star Sells NW Cherries In Music Video

0621_cherry.jpgWashington is often called the most trade dependent state in the nation. When it comes to agriculture, about a third of the state's crops are exported -- most to Asian countries.

But marketing Northwest products overseas takes some creativity. Correspondent Austin Jenkins shows us what a Chinese pop star and Northwest cherries have in common.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Boy Writes Winning Essay On Bees
Ambulance Workers Vote For Strike Over Wages, Insurance
Better For The Customers, Better For The Birds

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/20/2007 - Top Draft Prospect Works Out For Blazers

0620_oden2.jpg Greg Oden worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. He and Kevin Durant are the two players the team is considering for the top pick in next week's NBA Draft.

Oden had a large audience for the latter part of his workout. Several members of the Blazers watched him participate in drills with head coach Nate McMillan and other coaches.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Judge To Decide On Kinkel Case Within 30 Days
Portland Police Searching For Missing California Couple
Senate Looks To Scale Back 'Double Majority' Requirement

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/19/2007 - The Life Vest's Struggle To Win Hearts And Minds

0619_boat.jpgA warning you hear often in the summer is that anyone going out on a boat should wear a life vest. After any accident on water, we hear whether the victims were wearing life jackets.

We all know they save lives. So why do so many of us still refuse to wear them?

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to a busy boat launch in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to ask around.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Multi-Year Timber Payments Deal Still Possible
Rise In Pedestrian/Train Accidents An 'Unfortunate Trend'
Judge Considers New Trial For Kip Kinkel
Report Blasts Portland Police For Poor Sexual Assault Record

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/18/2007 - Your Past Can Catch Up With You At The Northern Border

0618_border.jpgSome travelers who used to blithely cross the Canadian border are being tripped up by indiscretions in their pasts.

Thanks to improved databases and information sharing, border guards can now call up records of crimes that exclude you from entering Canada or the USA.

And they just might Google you. Correspondent Tom Banse has the details you should know.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Governor Signs Three Bills To Better Protect Oregon Consumers
It's Hip To Be Square...Dancing, That Is

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/14/2007 - Evergreen Museum Hoping To Land A Space Shuttle

0614_plane2.jpgAs anyone who has visited 'The Spruce Goose' recently can tell you, the Evergreen Aviation Museum is in the middle of a massive expansion.

Having opened in 2001 with just four planes, the collection now numbers more than 80. And, as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, there's a move afoot to try and bring a space shuttle to the small town of McMinnville.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
U of O Professor Studies Motivations Of Immigrant Workers
Clackamas Commission Considers Adding Members
Universal Health Care Discussed In Salem

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/13/2007 - Filmmaker Explores Challenges Facing Recovering Addicts

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Independent filmaker Brian Lindstrom spent four months following the recovery of alcoholics and addicts in a mentor program in Portland.

That resulted in a documentary he titled, "Finding Normal." The film won best local production early this year in the Longbaugh film festival.

It will be shown Friday night at the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell auditorium and it also will have a run later this summer at Cinema 21.

Brian Lindstrom stopped by our studios for a candid talk about the documentary which isn't his first film focused on recovery and drug treatment.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Immigration Raid Brings Praise, Condemnation And Concern
Silicon Wafer Company Bringing Renewable Energy Jobs To Oregon
Lawmakers May Have Deal On Prevailing Wage Issue

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/12/2007 - Millions Spent On Train Yard, But No Trains Stop

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You know the saying, "If you build it they will come"? Well, what happens if you build it with taxpayer money and they don't come?

That's what's happened in the central Washington town of Quincy. Several million dollars were spent to build a railroad terminal to get goods to market. But so far, no trains are stopping at the station.

We sent correspondent Austin Jenkins to find out if this is a taxpayer boondoggle in the desert.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Feds Propose Reducing Spotted Owls' Protected Habitat
OSU Beavers Return To College World Series
Reflections On Rosaria

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/11/2007 - Pro-reform Advocate Underwent Immigration Transformation

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It failed a test. But is it dead? That's the question Northwest farmers and high tech managers have about the immigration reform bill.

The Senate failed to vote on the measure last week. It would have made it easier for companies to bring in guest workers.

One of the people speaking up for the region's orchardists has seen his personal views flip 180-degrees on immigration. Correspondent Tom Banse has this profile.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Remembering A Stillborn Child
Study Questions Benefits Of Salvage Logging
Veterans Twice As Likely To Commit Suicide
Oregon National Guard Troops Return From Afghanistan
Pigeon Enthusiasts Charged With Killing Birds of Prey

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/7/2007 - Portland Archdiocese Releases Accused Priests' Personnel Files

0420_vlazny.jpgThe Archdiocese of Portland released a series of documents Wednesday from the personnel files of priests accused of molesting children.

Church officials agreed to release the papers when they settled a massive bankruptcy case in April involving about 150 claimants. But attorneys for those accusers complain the document release caught them by surprise.

Attorney Kelly Clark estimates that this batch of papers is only a portion of what will ultimately be released.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Forestry Board Considers Increased Logging On State Lands
OMSI Unveils Controversial 'Body Worlds' Exhibit
Retired General Visits Portland, Criticizes Iraq War
Record-Setting Philanthropist Hallie Ford Dies
In Salem, Beer Tax Hops Along

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/6/2007 - Renewable Energy Bill Could Lure Energy Companies To Oregon

0606_windpower_vert.jpgEvery now Oregonians pass a law that sets the Beaver State apart: The Bottle Bill, The Beach Bill, Vote-By-Mail, Death with Dignity....

Wednesday Governor Ted Kulongoski signed another landmark piece of legislation into law: The Renewable Energy Bill. It required utilities to generate a quarter of their power form wind, sun, wave or geothermal sources by 2025.

While the legislation will help prevent global warming, supporters say it'll be remembered for a much more concrete reason: money.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, they say the legislation will make Oregon one of the places to be for new energy start-ups - businesses that one day could become as big as the likes of Chevron and Exxon Mobile.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
California Assembly To Vote On Assisted Suicide
Cormorant Flock May Get Moving Orders
Home Builders See Green In North Idaho
Oregon Philanthropist Jean Vollum Dies
Oregon In Line, Kind Of, With Nationwide 'No Child Left Behind' Trends
Portland's Arts And Culture Add Greatly To Economy, Says Study

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/5/2007 - Family Leave Could Come With Some Cash

0308_pioneerman.jpgPeople who need to care for elderly parents or sick children are allowed to take time off from work and not worry about losing their job. But many people don't, because they can't afford to give up their paycheck. Lawmakers in Salem are considering a plan that would give employees a source of income while they're away from their job. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Smith And Wyden Still Undecided On Immigration Bill
Dry-Wallers Strike For Better Pay
Measure 37 Referral Passes Senate
Tsunami Preparedness, One Year Later

Posted by Michael Clapp

6/4/2007 - A Day In The Life Of Congressman Peter DeFazio

0604_defazio.jpgPeter DeFazio has just begun his 11th term representing the 4th District in and around Eugene. The Democrat is the longest-serving member of the Oregon House delegation.
In our ongoing series of profiles of Oregon's congressional delegation, Todd Zwillich brings us a day in the life of Democrat Peter DeFazio.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Ethics Panel May Review State Sen. Johnson's Land Deal
Fire Season's Early Start Has Officials Concerned
Some Girls Try Steroids In Weight-Loss Quest, Study Finds
Immigrants' Advocates Press For 'Hate Crime' Designation In Beating Case

Posted by Michael Clapp