January 23, 2012 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips

* Loss of federal forest payments has Oregon counties looking for revenue while having millions that can’t be tapped

* Oregon: Land of many well-prepared tax preparers

* Oregon State Penitentiary resumes operations after flood threat

* Gov. John Kitzhaber says feds could support health reform with $2.5 billion, easing state budget crunch

* With Oregon’s governor watching, Turner begins to pick itself up, dry itself off

* University of Oregon interim president argues for independent UO governing board

* Crews will race to fix eroded patch of U.S. 101 in Newport between rain storms

* State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer to become Oregon’s next chief justice

* Oregon venture capital investment totals $238.6 million in 2011, highest level since 2007

* The Oregon Lottery May Run Out of Suckers — Blog

* Oregon schools: Floating on Lake Wobegon, soaked by the facts — Opinion

* Oregon hunger summit battered by wind and want — Opinion

* It’s time to invest in a bridge — Opinion

* Public access struggle: Citizens have a right to state-owned Oswego Lake — Guest Opinion

* Keep PERS in the sunlight — Opinion

* Oregon Sustainability Center: Building would be a research showcase, create jobs — Guest Opinion

* Oregon flooding may give native fish a break, Oregon State University professor says

* Legislature will look for best way to oversee CASA program in state

* Fired CASA director threatens lawsuit

* CASA Documents: Task force final report, proposed legislation

* CASA Documents: Tort claim notice, letters referenced, fund allocations, tax forms

* Call or go online to stop delivery of phone books

* Health delivery plan approval on agenda

* Earthquake, tsunami forum is Wednesday

* Meeting set for state lands’ 10-year plan

* Capitol blood drive is set by Red Cross

* Wind farms boost rural coffers

* Oregon counties scramble as timber payments end

* Cleanup efforts under way but Mid-Valley due for another week of rain

* State database enhanced for historic sites

* Governor views flood damage in Turner as area residents return home

* Attorney general defends high court ruling on PERS

* Facebook pushes for data-center tax law

* High court names new chief

* Proposed bills get tough on elder abuse

* Road to nowhere?

* School reform gets hearing

* Stick with motorboat ban — Opinion

* Crews clear landslide from highway

* Homeowners face ‘disaster’

* Team Of Detectives Handles Major Cases In Eastern Oregon

* Governor Appoints DeHoog New Deschutes Judge

* Cylvia Hayes Unveils Oregon ‘Prosperity Initiative’

* Oregons budget benefits from historic tobacco verdict

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LOSS OF FEDERAL FOREST PAYMENTS HAS OREGON COUNTIES LOOKING FOR REVENUE WHILE HAVING MILLIONS THAT CAN’T BE TAPPED (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/01/loss_of_federal_forest_payment.html

January 21, 2012

Curry County, teetering on the edge of insolvency as federal forest payments come to an end, needs to find a way out of a deep budget hole. It’s considering a property tax increase, combining county departments, outsourcing services, selling carbon credits or even a county sales or gas tax.

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OREGON: LAND OF MANY WELL-PREPARED TAX PREPARERS (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/finance/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_land_of_many_well-train.html

January 21, 2012

A few years ago, Congressional investigators issued a report that should’ve caused Oregonians to swell with pride. And irritation.

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OREGON STATE PENITENTIARY RESUMES OPERATIONS AFTER FLOOD THREAT (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_state_penitentiary_resu.html

January 21, 2012

The Oregon State Penitentiary resumed normal operations Saturday afternoon after flooding threatened the prison earlier this week.

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GOV. JOHN KITZHABER SAYS FEDS COULD SUPPORT HEALTH REFORM WITH $2.5 BILLION, EASING STATE BUDGET CRUNCH (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2012/01/gov_john_kitzhaber_says_feds_c.html

January 20, 2012

As state officials wrestle with a projected budget hole on top of $640 million in health cuts, they are counting on a federal lifeline.

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WITH OREGON’S GOVERNOR WATCHING, TURNER BEGINS TO PICK ITSELF UP, DRY ITSELF OFF (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2012/01/with_oregons_governor_watching.html

January 20, 2012

Gov. John Kitzhaber made a brief visit to this flood-ravaged town Friday, complimenting local and state officials for their prompt reactions “protecting life and property.”

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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON INTERIM PRESIDENT ARGUES FOR INDEPENDENT UO GOVERNING BOARD (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2012/01/university_of_oregon_interim_p.html

January 20, 2012

Robert Berdahl, the University of Oregon’s interim president, picked up his predecessor’s cause and argued for an independent governing board today during his first meeting with members of the State Board of Higher Education.

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CREWS WILL RACE TO FIX ERODED PATCH OF U.S. 101 IN NEWPORT BETWEEN RAIN STORMS (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2012/01/crews_will_race_to_fix_eroded.html

January 20, 2012

The race is on to save a patch of U.S. 101 before big rains return and force its closure. If that happens, people in the south part of Lincoln County would be as good as stranded.

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STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE THOMAS BALMER TO BECOME OREGON’S NEXT CHIEF JUSTICE (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/state_supreme_court_justice_th.html

January 20, 2012

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Balmer will succeed Chief Justice Paul De Muniz to preside over the state’s highest court, the state judicial department announced today.

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OREGON VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT TOTALS $238.6 MILLION IN 2011, HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2007 (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/small-business/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_venture_capital_investm.html

January 20, 2012

Oregon startups landed $48.6 million in venture capital financing during the last quarter of 2011, capping the best year for early-stage investments since 2007.

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THE OREGON LOTTERY MAY RUN OUT OF SUCKERS — BLOG (Portland Oregonian) http://blog.oregonlive.com/myoregon/2012/01/the_oregon_lottery_may_run_out.html

January 19, 2012

When I was growing up in New York one of the most avidly read items in the citys two morning tabloids was an otherwise obscure statistic in an upper corner of the back page  the last three digits of the total amount of money wagered at the local racetrack the prior day.

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OREGON SCHOOLS: FLOATING ON LAKE WOBEGON, SOAKED BY THE FACTS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/susan_nielsen/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_schools_floating_on_lak.html

January 22, 2012

Oregon schools are above average, right? That’s what we tell ourselves as we cut school budgets for the umpteenth time. Surely, we’ve struggled no more than other states in this recession. Surely, Oregon retains its scrappy Lake Wobegon charm.

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OREGON HUNGER SUMMIT BATTERED BY WIND AND WANT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/david_sarasohn/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_hunger_summit_battered.html

January 21, 2012

It actually made sense that the 2012 Food Security Summit, held at Oregon State University, should meet last week in a legendary torrent, in the midst of an officially designated disaster area.

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IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN A BRIDGE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/01/its_time_to_invest_in_a_bridge.html

January 21, 2012

Money has a way of collecting attention. And that’s what happened as Oregon legislators last week heard from transportation planners that they need to get real about finding the money to pay Oregon’s part in a new bridge over the Columbia River.

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PUBLIC ACCESS STRUGGLE: CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT TO STATE-OWNED OSWEGO LAKE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/01/public_access_struggle_citizen.html

January 21, 2012

The Oregon Statehood Act of 1859 proclaimed that the state’s navigable waters would remain “forever free,” not monopolized by private owners. Over the ensuing century and a half, the Oregon Supreme Court has consistently given a broad reading to the statehood act’s language, upholding public rights to use navigable waters even when the bed of the waterway is privately owned.

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KEEP PERS IN THE SUNLIGHT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/01/keep_pers_in_the_sunlight.html

January 19, 2012

Oregon lawmakers should ignore calls from public employee unions to put individual pension information back behind the curtain.

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OREGON SUSTAINABILITY CENTER: BUILDING WOULD BE A RESEARCH SHOWCASE, CREATE JOBS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_sustainability_center_b_1.html

January 20, 2012

It’s clear from his Jan. 1 opinion piece that Richard Carson doesn’t much like Portland, Mayor Sam Adams, plastic bag bans and “socialistic sustainability.” We get it. The former manager of Clark County’s planning program and current resident of Hockinson, Wash., isn’t alone.

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OREGON FLOODING MAY GIVE NATIVE FISH A BREAK, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR SAYS (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/01/oregon_flooding_may_give_nativ.html

January 21, 2012

Heavy rain and a melting snowpack turned Willamette Valley creeks and rivers into broad, brown torrents. It looks like bad news for fish, but an Oregon State University researcher found otherwise, which may be one of the few pieces of good news to emerge from the flooding.

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LEGISLATURE WILL LOOK FOR BEST WAY TO OVERSEE CASA PROGRAM IN STATE (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220334/-1/7daysarchives/Legislature-will-look-best-way-oversee-CASA-program-state

Jan. 21, 2012

The future of Oregon’s CASA system likely will be decided in the upcoming legislative session.

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, match volunteer advocates with foster children to help them navigate courts, social services and the school system.

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FIRED CASA DIRECTOR THREATENS LAWSUIT (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220335/-1/7daysarchives/Fired-CASA-director-threatens-lawsuit

-She says program to help foster children has many problems-

Jan. 22, 2012

The former director of Marion County CASA plans to file a federal lawsuit against her former employer, the county, and the state Commission on Children and Families.

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CASA DOCUMENTS: TASK FORCE FINAL REPORT, PROPOSED LEGISLATION (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/interactive/article/20120122/NEWS/120118026/CASA-Documents-Task-force-final-report-proposed-legislation

Jan. 21, 2012

CASA task force final report: CASA TF Report Final 01 09 12 _________________________________________

CASA DOCUMENTS: TORT CLAIM NOTICE, LETTERS REFERENCED, FUND ALLOCATIONS, TAX FORMS (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/interactive/article/20120122/NEWS/120118025/CASA-Documents-Tort-claim-notice-letters-referenced-fund-allocations-tax-forms

Jan. 21, 2012

Sornson tort claim notice  Letters referenced in tort claim 10  CASA fund allocations  Marion CASA tax forms 3 _________________________________________

CALL OR GO ONLINE TO STOP DELIVERY OF PHONE BOOKS (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220333/-1/7daysarchives/Call-go-online-stop-delivery-phone-books

-State says five books per household were delivered in 2003-

Jan. 21, 2012

The issue: Maybe there is a favorite phone book in the home and the others are ignored. Possibly computers and the Internet have replaced them in your household.

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HEALTH DELIVERY PLAN APPROVAL ON AGENDA (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220317/-1/7daysarchives/Health-delivery-plan-approval-agenda

Jan. 21, 2012

Approval of a plan for coordinated-care organizations to deliver state-supported health care is among the agenda items for the Oregon Health Policy Board.

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EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI FORUM IS WEDNESDAY (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220363/-1/7daysarchives/Earthquake-tsunami-forum-Wednesday

Jan. 21, 2012

Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup is hosting a public forum, which will be broadcast simultaneously as a webinar for the public.

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MEETING SET FOR STATE LANDS’ 10-YEAR PLAN (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220318/-1/7daysarchives/Meeting-set-state-lands-10-year-plan

Jan. 21, 2012

The Department of State Lands plans to hear public comment on a draft 10-year plan for management of state lands.

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CAPITOL BLOOD DRIVE IS SET BY RED CROSS (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220320/-1/7daysarchives/Capitol-blood-drive-set-by-Red-Cross

Jan. 21, 2012

The Willamette Valley chapter of the American Red Cross plans a blood drive at the Capitol.

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WIND FARMS BOOST RURAL COFFERS (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/NEWS/201220323/-1/7daysarchives/Wind-farms-boost-rural-coffers

-Most NW residents favor green-energy turbines-

Jan. 21, 2012

Most Pacific Northwest residents say they wouldn’t mind views of a wind farm from their back yard. That’s according to an environmental survey commissioned by EarthFix.

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OREGON COUNTIES SCRAMBLE AS TIMBER PAYMENTS END (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120122/UPDATE/120122019/-1/7daysarchives/Oregon-counties-scramble-timber-payments-end

Jan. 22, 2012

As federal forest payments come to an end, Curry County in southwest Oregon is considering raising taxes and other measures to stay afloat.

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CLEANUP EFFORTS UNDER WAY BUT MID-VALLEY DUE FOR ANOTHER WEEK OF RAIN (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120121/NEWS/201210329/-1/7daysarchives/Cleanup-efforts-under-way-Mid-Valley-due-another-week-rain

Jan. 21, 2012

Flood-recovery efforts kicked into gear Friday in Salem and throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley as overflowing creeks receded despite persistent rain.

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STATE DATABASE ENHANCED FOR HISTORIC SITES (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120121/NEWS/201210337/-1/7daysarchives/State-database-enhanced-historic-sites

Jan. 21, 2012

The State Historic Preservation Office has released several new features for the Oregon Historic Sites Database that will aid government agencies, heritage organizations, and anyone interested in learning more about the more than 56,000 recorded historic places in Oregon.

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GOVERNOR VIEWS FLOOD DAMAGE IN TURNER AS AREA RESIDENTS RETURN HOME (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120121/NEWS/201210343/-1/7daysarchives/Governor-views-flood-damage-Turner-area-residents-return-home

Jan. 20, 2012

Residents in Stayton, Sublimity, Turner, Aumsville and Scio mostly have returned home and are beginning to pick up the pieces after torrential rain drenched the Mid-Willamette Valley on Thursday.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL DEFENDS HIGH COURT RULING ON PERS (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120121/NEWS/201210346/-1/7daysarchives/Attorney-general-defends-high-court-ruling-PERS

Jan. 20, 2012

-Brief: Judges OK to hear cases affecting their own benefits-

The state of Oregon is defending court rulings that have stymied legislative efforts to overhaul the pension system for public employees.

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FACEBOOK PUSHES FOR DATA-CENTER TAX LAW (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120121/NEWS/201210345/-1/7daysarchives/Facebook-pushes-data-center-tax-law

-Revenue Dept. works on temporary administrative rule to address concern-

Jan. 20, 2012

Facebook’s dispute with Oregon over property taxes on its Prineville data center, in part, stems from how state officials defined the company under law.

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HIGH COURT NAMES NEW CHIEF (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120121/STATE/201210324/-1/7daysarchives/High-court-names-new-chief

-Kitzhaber appointee takes over from retiring chief justice-

Jan. 20, 2012

Tom Balmer will become the new chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court on May 1, seven months before Paul De Muniz is scheduled to retire from the court.

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PROPOSED BILLS GET TOUGH ON ELDER ABUSE (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120121/STATE/201210308/-1/7daysarchives/Proposed-bills-get-tough-elder-abuse

-Change would make investigation easier-

Jan. 20, 2012

New steps to help Oregon police and prosecutors combat elder abuse will be taken in the Oregon Legislature’s 2012 session, which starts Feb. 1.

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ROAD TO NOWHERE? (Eugene Register-Guard) http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/27480410-41/hospital-junction-state-construction-facility.html.csp

-Supporters of a planned psychiatric hospital in Junction City hope that isnt the case, but it faces an uphill battle in the Oregon Legislature next month-

Jan. 22

As soon as the rains slow this spring, preliminary construction work could begin on the long-promised state psychiatric hospital next to Highway 99 south of town.

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SCHOOL REFORM GETS HEARING (Eugene Register-Guard) http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/27451944-41/education-governor-plan-state-board.html.csp

-The governors plan to unify public education in Oregon is the subject of a meeting Thursday at LCC-

Jan. 22

An ambitious plan to restructure Oregon education from preschool to college will face some key legislative debates next month, and before that happens the governor wants to hear what people think about the changes.

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STICK WITH MOTORBOAT BAN — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard) http://www.registerguard.com/web/opinion/27481658-47/ban-lake-gas-waldo-board.html.csp

Jan. 22

Waldo Lake is a unique natural treasure, and the Oregon Marine Board should not retreat from its well-founded decision two years ago to ban gas-powered boats on the lake.

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CREWS CLEAR LANDSLIDE FROM HIGHWAY (Eugene Register-Guard) http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/27490925-41/road-highway-lane-friday-river.html.csp

Jan. 21

Oregon Department of Transportation workers spent more than nine hours Friday clearing debris from a landslide on McKenzie Highway at milepost 34 between Vida and Blue River that left the hillside barren and the road closed to drivers for about 24 hours.

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HOMEOWNERS FACE ‘DISASTER’ (Medford Mail Tribune)

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120121/NEWS/201210304

January 21, 2012

A state-run program intended to provide relief to beleaguered homeowners is instead adding to the heartache for some. Angela and Michael Manring of Talent say they were dropped from the Mortgage Payment Assistance Program after an audit showed that they missed being eligible by a matter of a few dollars. Now, they worry they’ll lose their home.

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TEAM OF DETECTIVES HANDLES MAJOR CASES IN EASTERN OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://news.opb.org//article/team_of_detectives_handles_major_cases_in_eastern_oregon/

January 21, 2012

Brandi Zeckman wanted to be an Oregon State Police trooper since she was 10 years old. She spent 13 1/2 years in the patrol division, and then sought a new challenge  criminal investigations.

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GOVERNOR APPOINTS DEHOOG NEW DESCHUTES JUDGE (KTVZ Bend) http://www.ktvz.com/news/30263273/detail.html

January 20, 2012

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Friday the appointment of Roger J. DeHoog to fill the vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Stephen H. Tiktin.

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CYLVIA HAYES UNVEILS OREGON ‘PROSPERITY INITIATIVE’ (KTVZ Bend) http://www.ktvz.com/news/30263973/detail.html

January 20, 2012

At the 2012 Food Security Summit on Friday, First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes unveiled the Oregon Prosperity Initiative, an effort to attack poverty and restore the middle class in Oregon.

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OREGONS BUDGET BENEFITS FROM HISTORIC TOBACCO VERDICT (Portland Tribune)

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=132700560736673000

Jan 19, 2012

Philip Morris, one of the largest tobacco manufacturers in the world, will pay Oregon $56 million  the remainder of punitive damages that were the result of a 1997 lawsuit filed by the family of a Portland smoker who died of lung cancer.

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