July 11, 2011 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* New state radio project emerges on ashes of failed OWIN plan
* Oregon Legislature shut door in homeowners’ faces over foreclosures
* Columbia River Crossing has spent $130 million, without lifting a shovel
* Debt ceiling forces Oregon’s lawmakers to confront the taxing question of taxes
* Oregon Supreme Court orders new trials for two men convicted of 2005 Hillsboro slaying of Jessie Mary Valero
* Arbitrators award damages to former Typhoon chef but reject trafficking claims
* University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere has two more weeks to sign contract
* Hermiston-area plan for Umatilla Chemical Depot suddenly in peril
* Janelle Wipper named Washington County Circuit Court judge
* Now the hard part: restructuring medicine — Opinion
* Victory for victims: Legislature protects children of rape and their moms — Opinion
* 2011 Legislature: A mixed result in Salem for the environment — Guest Opinion
* The trooper question — Opinion
* Hens across America — Opinion
* Oregon echoes in the national budget-and-tax debate — Opinion
* What happened to PERS reform?
* Is meals program starved for clientele?
* Treasury frees up money for lending
* Kitzhaber appoints legislative director
* A closer look at Oregon Family Leave Act
* Despite challenges, governor’s in the catbird seat — Opinion
* Many factors lead to a successful legislative session — Opinion
* Recent K-12 education reforms let Oregon kids transfer to brighter future — Guest Opinion
* Electric vehicles can pick up a charge
* State budget vs. union benefits — Guest Opinion
* Salem works on jobs
* ORIs research park site gets OK
* French School Says Parent Complaints ‘Not True’
* Projects to slow traffic on coastal highways
* Experiment station field day offers fun, information to visitors
* Boat inspection stations going up
* Kitzhaber Fills Court Of Appeals Vacancy
* Restaurant group opposes Oregon DUII bill
* JPMorgan Chase to pay $92 million to settle anticompetitive charges
* What weve learned is Medicaid matters
* Inspectors to check boats for invasive species

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NEW STATE RADIO PROJECT EMERGES ON ASHES OF FAILED OWIN PLAN (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

Crews will break ground in the coming week on a tower on Chehalem Mountain near Newberg that will carry microwave equipment for a new wireless radio system being built by the state.
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OREGON LEGISLATURE SHUT DOOR IN HOMEOWNERS’ FACES OVER FORECLOSURES (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

You hear lots of talk about Washington’s supremacy over Oregon when it comes to doing business and avoiding taxes.

But after the recently ended legislative session in Salem, the average Oregon consumer might consider fording the Columbia River for good.
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COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING HAS SPENT $130 MILLION, WITHOUT LIFTING A SHOVEL (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

In the tangled recent history of the Columbia River Crossing, Seigfreid Hopf played a telling bit part.

The German engineer served on a blue-ribbon panel to review the design of the bridge at the heart of the big freeway expansion project.
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DEBT CEILING FORCES OREGON’S LAWMAKERS TO CONFRONT THE TAXING QUESTION OF TAXES (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

For all the complexity, posturing and acrimony surrounding the debt ceiling, the outcome may depend on a single, direct question: what about tax breaks?

Answers to that question brim with nuance, conflicting definitions and political consequence.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT ORDERS NEW TRIALS FOR TWO MEN CONVICTED OF 2005 HILLSBORO SLAYING OF JESSIE MARY VALERO (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Friday that two men convicted of aggravated murder in Washington County must be retried because a judge wouldn’t allow hearsay testimony that a woman may have confessed to the crime.
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ARBITRATORS AWARD DAMAGES TO FORMER TYPHOON CHEF BUT REJECT TRAFFICKING CLAIMS (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

A federal arbitration panel this week awarded a former Typhoon chef $268,000, ruling the Tigard-based restaurant chain discriminated based on the chef’s Thai origin and workers compensation claim and owed her unpaid overtime.
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON PRESIDENT RICHARD LARIVIERE HAS TWO MORE WEEKS TO SIGN CONTRACT (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

The State Board of Higher Education today extended its unusual one-year contract renewal offer to University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere two weeks so that it could resolve a tax complication.
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HERMISTON-AREA PLAN FOR UMATILLA CHEMICAL DEPOT SUDDENLY IN PERIL (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

After 70 years stockpiling the nation’s most nightmarish rockets, bombs and war chemicals, the Umatilla Chemical Depot’s future hangs in the balance because it may miss a deadline by a mere month and a half to wrap up its grim mission.
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JANELLE WIPPER NAMED WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Janelle F. Wipper to replace judge Marco Hernandez on the Washington County Circuit Court.

Hernandez was appointed in February to the United States District Court bench.
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NOW THE HARD PART: RESTRUCTURING MEDICINE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

One of the boldest things the Legislature did this year was to pass a law requiring real change in the way some Oregonians receive medical care, whether it’s a few stitches over the eye or diabetes management or heart disease diagnosis or in meeting expensive demands of progressive dementia.
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VICTORY FOR VICTIMS: LEGISLATURE PROTECTS CHILDREN OF RAPE AND THEIR MOMS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

When I took the opportunity to scan the 599 bills signed into law this year by the governor, since I had been in a coma most of January and likely missed some issues during my time down, I found the following nugget: The governor signed into law Senate Bill 522, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro.
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2011 LEGISLATURE: A MIXED RESULT IN SALEM FOR THE ENVIRONMENT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

July 09, 2011

Gov. John Kitzhaber recently signed legislation that will put Oregonians to work on energy efficiency upgrades for schools, saving districts money, creating jobs and ensuring safer, healthier classrooms for our children.
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THE TROOPER QUESTION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

If you or someone you love is one of the 40 people, on a typical day, who calls the Oregon State Police for help only to be told that none is available, try another number:

Your state legislator’s.
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HENS ACROSS AMERICA — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

-Egg producers and animal welfare groups settle on a national cage standard-

If you’ve been waiting for a good deal on eggs, here you go: The egg industry and animal welfare groups have agreed to support national legislation that would require larger, more humane cages for laying hens everywhere.
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OREGON ECHOES IN THE NATIONAL BUDGET-AND-TAX DEBATE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

July 08, 2011

Once again I’m being Oregon-centric to a fault, but I can’t help seeing weird echoes of the just-completed legislative session in the big deficit reduction talks being held by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO PERS REFORM? (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Despite talk, legislative session yielded little action on pensions-

Jul. 10, 2011

Advocates for further reform of Oregon’s public employee pension system had good reason to feel optimistic heading into this year’s legislative session.
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IS MEALS PROGRAM STARVED FOR CLIENTELE? (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Marion County falls behind with low-income summer lunch program-

Jul. 10, 2011

The National School Lunch Program, through free and reduced-price meals, ensures that children of low-income families don’t have to learn on an empty stomach.
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TREASURY FREES UP MONEY FOR LENDING (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 9, 2011

More money will be available for loans to individuals and small businesses as a result of a move last week by the Oregon State Treasury to ease collateral requirements further for public-fund deposits.
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KITZHABER APPOINTS LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 9, 2011

Gov. John Kitzhaber has named Dmitri Palmateer to succeed Brian Shipley as legislative director, effective July 26.
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A CLOSER LOOK AT OREGON FAMILY LEAVE ACT (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 9, 2011

Question: Sylvia has been working for my company full-time for almost 30 years. I have known her two children, Matt and Melissa, since they were little.
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DESPITE CHALLENGES, GOVERNOR’S IN THE CATBIRD SEAT — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul 10, 2011

Here is the reality about being governor.

The more time in office, the more chairs you need.
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MANY FACTORS LEAD TO A SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE SESSION — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 9, 2011

During his eight previous years as governor, Democrat John Kitzhaber obtained some successes from Republican majorities in the Oregon Legislature.
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RECENT K-12 EDUCATION REFORMS LET OREGON KIDS TRANSFER TO BRIGHTER FUTURE — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 9, 2011

Public education exists to serve children period. However, as evidenced by the Oregon Education Association’s ongoing actions, some believe public education should serve primarily the adults who work in the system. Thankfully, this legislative session, Oregon’s state leaders concluded otherwise.
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ELECTRIC VEHICLES CAN PICK UP A CHARGE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 9, 2011

Installation has begun on 14 electric vehicle charging stations in downtown and West Salem.

The charging stations will be publicly available at these sites:
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STATE BUDGET VS. UNION BENEFITS — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jul. 8, 2011

Mediation continues in Salem between two major labor unions and Gov. John Kitzhaber’s team over public employee benefits.

The governor is seeking concessions from SEIU and AFSCME regarding the Public Employees Retirement System PERS and the state employees’ health insurance plan.
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SALEM WORKS ON JOBS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Reducing unemployment was a key legislative goal, but success was spotty-

July 10

Oregon legislators efforts to spur job creation, an overriding concern for many of their constituents in a state with a jobless rate topping 9 percent, yielded mixed results this session, business representatives in Lane County and throughout the state said this week.
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ORIS RESEARCH PARK SITE GETS OK (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The state approves moving the building back from the river, settling a controversy-

July 9

The University of Oregons Riverfront Research Park will get its first significant new building in more than two decades after a state board on Friday approved a new site for the project.
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FRENCH SCHOOL SAYS PARENT COMPLAINTS ‘NOT TRUE’ (Willamette Week)

July 8th, 2011

Earlier this week, WW reported that many families who pre-paid 2011-12 tuition at the now-defunct Portland French School have filed complaints with the Oregon Department of Justice.
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PROJECTS TO SLOW TRAFFIC ON COASTAL HIGHWAYS (Albany Democrat Herald)

July 9, 2011
The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced two projects that will close or restrict two coastal highways beginning next week.

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EXPERIMENT STATION FIELD DAY OFFERS FUN, INFORMATION TO VISITORS (Argus Observer)

July 9, 2011
Wednesday provides local residents the opportunity to take a break and come to the Malheur Experiment Station to see what is happening in agriculture, have some fun and visit with friends and neighbors.
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BOAT INSPECTION STATIONS GOING UP (Bend Bulletin)

July 09. 2011
Boat inspection areas aimed at stopping the spread of invasive aquatic species will be stationed near river rest stops and boat ramps across the state, the Oregon Department of Wildlife said.
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KITZHABER FILLS COURT OF APPEALS VACANCY (mycentraloregon.com)

July 09, 2011
On Thursday, Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Erika L. Hadlock to the Court of Appeals. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Ellen Rosenblum.
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RESTAURANT GROUP OPPOSES OREGON DUII BILL (KGW)

July 8, 2011
A bill before Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber would require that all DUII offenders have breathalyzer devices installed in their vehicles, but a national restaurant association thinks the law goes too far.
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JPMORGAN CHASE TO PAY $92 MILLION TO SETTLE ANTICOMPETITIVE CHARGES (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

July 8, 2011
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to resolve allegations that the company engaged in illegal and anti-competitive practices related to municipal bond derivative transactions. Manipulating investments involving government and not-for-profit dollars is unacceptable, said Oregon Deputy Attorney General Mary Williams.
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WHAT WEVE LEARNED IS MEDICAID MATTERS (Washington Post)

07/08/2011
In 2002, about 110,000 people were enrolled in Oregons Medicaid program. By 2008, budget cuts had reduced that number to 19,000. In fact, so many people were driven out of the program that the state realized it had the money to cover another 10,000 residents. In the interest of fairness, officials set up a lottery and, quite accidentally, kicked off the most important health-care policy experiment since the 1970s.
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INSPECTORS TO CHECK BOATS FOR INVASIVE SPECIES (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

July 9, 2011
Boaters headed to Oregon waterways might be asked to stop to have their motorboat or paddlecraft inspected for unwanted stowaways invasive species that harm waterways.

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