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4/30/2007 - A Day With Oregon's Congressman On A Bike

Earl Blumenauer represents Portland in the U.S. House of Representatives. He doesn't fit the Congressional stereotype.

There are common, bizarre and even playful aspects to his not-so-normal life. In the next installment of our occasional series on Oregon's congressional delegation, Capitol correspondent Matt Laslo followed Blumenauer around Capitol Hill.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Open Primary Bill Makes It Out Of Committee
The Difference Between Promoting Religion And Teaching Religion
Captain To Be Sentenced In 'Seaman's Manslaughter' Case

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/26/2007 - Oregon High Court Rules On Trash Searches

The Oregon Supreme Court talked trash Thursday. The justices ruled that police don't need a warrant to search garbage, once it's collected by the trash company.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
State Police Funding Plan Stalled By Legislative Showdown
Documentary Highlights The Plight Of Uganda's Refugees
Barred Owl Shooting Proposed To Help Spotted Owl Survival
Phillips' Departure Takes Portland Schools By Surprise

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/25/2007 - State Mulls Options For Timber Payment Counties

0425_timbertour1.jpgThe end of Federal payments to timber dependent counties has largely been a showdown between Congress and county governments.

It's unclear what role, if any, state governments should take as county governments slash services and lay off workers.

Local officials in Oregon turned to state lawmakers for help recently. Correspondent Chris Lehman has more from Coos County on the south Oregon coast.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Rented Bees Under-appreciated But Vital Cog For NW Farms
Oregon Soldier Among Nine Killed In Iraq
Domestic Partnerships Bill Nears Senate Floor Vote

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/24/2007 - The Big Turnoff: One Woman's Tale Of Avoiding The Tube

Ellen Currey-Wilson used to watch a lot of TV. The huge number of commercials on most stations was just one of many reasons she decided after she became pregnant that her child would not watch any TV at all before he turned 6.

Ellen Currey-Wilson has just written a book chronicling her experience. It's called: The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom trying to Raise a TV-Free kid.

Some of her public appearances were timed to coincide with TV turnoff week, which is, in case you missed it, this week.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Mosquitoes' Genes May Offer Clues To Global Climate Change
School Board Cleans Up Custodians' Firing Mess
Portland Police Release 'Force Task Force' Report

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/23/2007 - Sen. Wyden: A Long-Time Fan Of The Underdog

0423_wyden.jpgOregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol for more than 25 years.

As he moves through his third term in the Senate, Wyden hopes to finally make his mark with the help of a Democratic majority.

In our continuing series profiling Oregon's congressional delegation, Capitol correspondent Terry Gildea spent a day with the state's senior Senator.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Drivers Using More (And More Expensive) Gasoline
Fluorescent Lights Still Haven't Turned Consumers On
WA Legislature Passes $33 Billion Budget, Adjourns Sine Die

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/19/2007 - 'Health Care Access' Means More Than Insurance

0419_ruralclinic.jpgThere's a lot of discussion around the state capitol these days about improving access to health care.

But universal health insurance is meaningless if you can't get to the doctor's office.

Correspondent Chris Lehman visited a clinic in rural central Oregon to find out what it's like to stay healthy when your neighbors are sagebrush and jackrabbits.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
New Rules Set For Future Sports League Redistricting
Bill Signings, But No Budget Yet, As WA Legislature Winds Down
State Begins Investigation Of Portland Schools' Gifted Program

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/18/2007 - First Democrat Steps Forward To Challenge Sen. Smith

0418_novick.jpgPortland attorney Steve Novick launched his bid for the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The Democratic activist faces a big challenge running against a two-term senator, Gordon Smith.

But Oregon Democrats are energized after last year's election -- even if their first candidate for the 2008 Senate race is not very well known.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
'Rip City' Rings Out In Portland Once Again
Will The Sonics Really Leave The NW?
The Excitement Of Podcasting Comes To Salem
Oregon Ranks 15th In Volunteering And 8th In Civic Life
Protections For Threatened Salmon Go Back To Court

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/17/2007 - Archdiocese Will Disclose Records Of Priests Accused Of Sex Abuse

The Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has agreed to disclose some personnel records of priests accused of molesting children.

The settlement with attorneys for those sex abuse victims caps a nearly three year bankruptcy case. Colin Fogarty reports.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
The Three Certainties: Death, Taxes, And Complaining About Taxes
On The Hill, Talk Of Gun Control After Virginia Tech Shooting
Leonard And Potter Debate Dumping Portland's Commission-Oriented Government
Gay Rights Bills Clear Oregon House

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/16/2007 - A Day In The Life Of Senator Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith has been a US Senator for over a decade now. In that time he's overcome many challenges, some political, others quite personal. Through it all the Oregon Republican has built a reputation as a moderate -- working across the political aisle on many issues. But life on the Hill is different when you're in the Minority. In the first of an occasional series focusing on Oregon's congressional delegation, capitol correspondent Benjamin Shaw brings us a day in the life of Senator Gordon Smith.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Students And Educators Consider Safety After Virginia Tech Shooting
One Week Left For Washington Legislators
Jackie Robinson's Daughter Brings His Legacy To Portland

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/12/2007 - Washington's Franklin County First To Become Majority Hispanic In NW

0412_elpasco.jpgWe've all heard of the explosive growth in Bend, greater Boise, and Coeur d'Alene. But did you know the very fastest growing area of the Northwest is Franklin County in south-central Washington?

Dig deeper into the population numbers and you'll find another distinction. The county is the first in the region to become majority Hispanic.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the Franklin County seat of Pasco.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Portland Auto Swap Meet Takes Over PIR
Western States Rank High In Wind Energy Potential
Structural Problems Threaten The John Day Dam

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4/11/2007 - Filmed By Bike Film Fest Rolls Into Town

0411_bikemessenger.jpgIf you're new to Portland you may not know that the city hosts innumerable film festivals, but even if you're not new you may have missed this particular event -- it's called Filmed by Bike.

The clip we just heard is from a quirky 90 second film called "Hit a Frog."

Ayleen Crotty is the founder and director of the festival, which turns 5 this year. Although there's always room for policy discussions around bicycle transportation, Crotty says, this isn't about that.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Nine Years After Rampage, Patient Up For Supervised Release
Simple Measures At Prison Save Taxpayers Big Bucks
Committee Considers Consolidated Health Care Bill
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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/10/2007 - Breastfeeding Bill May Make It Into Law This Time

A bill that would require businesses to provide a clean, private place for mothers to express breast milk, is waiting to be heard in the Oregon Senate Business Committee.

It's the fourth time the idea has surfaced in the legislature. But supporters believe this time's a charm -- because the governor's mansion, the House and Senate are all controlled by Democrats.

Kristian Foden-Vencil visited a mother who managed to negotiate time and a place to express her milk at work, but who still feels there ought to be a law.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Bill Would Alter Rules For Hunting Cougars And Bears
NW States Consider Tax To Fund Paid Family Leave
Oregon Farmers Want More Columbia River Water
Portland Archdiocese Bankruptcy Plan Goes Before Judge

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/9/2007 - Medical Teams International One Of First To Return To Darfur

0409_darfur.jpgFor the first time in 18 months, the government of Sudan is allowing international relief workers back into Darfur.

The civil war that is now acknowledged as genocide has left an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 people dead and more than 2 million people displaced.

Many live in refugee camps with little or no food, water or medical care.

One of the first groups to go back in is Portland-based Medical Teams International, formerly Northwest Medical Teams.

Jon Bird of Missouri left Monday for western Darfur and will be there as part of the Medical Teams International program for the next several weeks. He talked with Oregon Considered host Allison Frost about how a person prepares to go to a place like Darfur.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Gay Rights Bills Working Their Way Through Legislature
Appeals Court Rejects Bush Plan To Manage Salmon
"There Was No Choice In Jonestown That Day..."

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/5/2007 - No Story Time, But Lots Of Classics At The Last Library In Jackson County

0405_hannon.jpgA plan to renew the federal subsidy that provides millions of dollars to timber counties appears to be on-track in Washington D.C. But in Jackson County, Oregon, the money won't come soon enough.

Without the federal money in the bank, the county can't afford keep the 15 branches open, and Friday the libraries will close.

Yet, there will be one major library in the county with its lights still on -- the library at Southern Oregon University. Jessica Robinson reports.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Conservative Pastors Lobby Against Discrimination Bill
Hooley, Kulongoski Hear Guard Troops' Complaints
Public Vocal On Sellwood Bridge Plans
Bend One Of Fastest Growing Cities In The Nation
After 36 Years, Oregon's Bottle Bill Due For An Update

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/4/2007 - Lasers Used To Spot Landslides Wherever They Hide

0404_lidar.jpgA week ago Wednesday a landslide brought westbound commuters on Highway 26 to a screeching halt during morning rush hour.

Work crews are still analyzing the stability of that hillside, just west of the Vista Ridge Tunnel. Meanwhile an Oregon company has been working on an aerial survey of the entire Portland metro area.

As Andrew Theen reports, the company's using laser technology to pinpoint old landslides and predict where new ones might occur.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Chalkboard Project Sees Mixed Results On Legislative Agenda
Open Primary Bill Makes Strange Political Bedfellows

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/3/2007 - When Money's Tight, Recent Grads' Health Insurance Is The First To Go

In March, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law that would provide health insurance for all children in Washington State by 2010.

But the biggest group of uninsured people are between the ages of 19 and 34. 50% of them don't have any health insurance.

That includes our colleague in Olympia, Sarah Gustavus. Here's her story.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Senator Wyden Sees Room For Improvement At Portland's VA Hospital
Bridging The Parent-Teacher Language Gap
Police Investigating Tillamook Priest Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
Environmental Groups Lobby For Funds For Endangered Species Act

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Posted by Michael Clapp

4/2/2007 - Public Defenders Turn To YouTube To Tell Gitmo Stories

2590834.jpgIn a ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Guantanamo detainees, who are challenging their confinement.

The decision is yet another twist in a long-running legal battle.

Lawyers at the Federal Public Defenders Office in Portland, have become so exasperated with the legal hurdles surrounding their docket of Guantanamo detainees, that they've turned to 'YouTube'.

Defense attorneys in the Oregon office were assigned seven Guantanamo inmates -- the largest number for any state.

They have spent hours, and even weekends, creating a series of short films about one detainee -- Adel Hamad. He's spent five years behind bars without being charged with a crime.

The lawyers say frustration is forcing them to go beyond the usual legal toolbox to 'YouTube' -- as they try to prove that the government shouldn't be allowed to imprison anyone indefinitely, without charges. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Youth Philharmonic Outreach Emphasizes Finely-Tuned Education
Doctors Alerted To Increasing Prescription Narcotics Abuse
In Olympia, Lawmakers Tackle "Not Sexy" Side Of Healthcare Reform
Oregon, Washington Like Supreme Court's Clean Air Decision

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Posted by Michael Clapp

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