Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March and 8.3 percent in February. The February rate was originally reported as 8.4 percent. On a seasonally adjusted basis, preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon rose by 1,900 jobs in March.

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Oregon Sheriffs and Police Chiefs oppose it.  District Attorneys throughout the state have said it's a bad idea. Crime Victims United stands against it and in a recent poll 72% of Oregonians's think it's a bad idea.  Willamette Week published an article recently that points out the many fallacies involved in the proposal, yet Governor John Kitzhaber has hired an "army" of lobbyists to push hard for House Bill 3194 which would remove substantial provisions of Oregon's Mandatory Minimum Sentence law.

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Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next public event in the Ales & Ideas lecture series held in the Fort George Lovell Showroom, and featuring free multimedia presentations by members of the CCC faculty and staff.  Thursday, April 25th, 2013 the series presents Historic Preservation: The Original Sustainable Building Technique with CCC Historic Preservation faculty Lucien Swerdloff (M.Arch.) and John Goodenberger (B.Arch.).

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Earlier this month the U.S. Navy cancelled appearences scheduled for it's world famous precision flying team the Blue Angels which impacts both the annual Hillsboro Airshow and Seattle's Seafair.  The Navy said it was forced to make that decision because of cuts to the military budget.  Today the United States Coast Guard announced a similar move saying they will not be providing ships for the Portland Rose Festival Fleet or the Seattle Seafair.

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According to a news release from the Speaker's office this morning, the Oregon House took a step toward stable funding for public schools and other vital services on Wednesday as the House Revenue Committee passed  an amended version of HB 2456 reducing tax breaks for wealthy households and corporations.

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Oregonians strongly favor investing in higher education for their children and grandchildren, revealed a new College Confidence Survey. In fact, 79 percent of Oregonians surveyed in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties believe saving for college is important, ranking it among four priorities, along with retirement, basic living expenses and long-term health care.

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Pump prices continue to tumble.  The national average for regular unleaded drops six cents this week to $3.52, while the Oregon average loses two cents to $3.67.

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The Oregon Legislature is looking for ways to keep jail populations flat and curb projected growth in the number of State inmates but observers say getting enough votes to pass reforms in sentencing for measure 11 and measure 57 crimes faces an uphill battle due to it's political unpopularity.  That lack of public support was further reinforced Wednesday with the release of a new opinion survey by Crime Victims United.

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