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Portlanders are considering renaming Broadway after Cesar E. Chavez

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Wed, 04/01/2009

The Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard Committee is trying to name a portland street after Chavez.
has been holding hearings aboutn renaming Grand St, Broadway, and Thirty Ninth Avenue.
This week City council held a hearing about the possibility of renaming Broadway.
Grand and Thirty-Ninth avenue are also under consideration.
Supporters of the name change say that Chavez is a heroic figure who deserves recognition.
Chavez fought for the rights of migrant farmworkers, and activists say that naming a street after him will inspire Portlanders.
Owners of businesses on Broadway, though, are not as supportive.
 

2:23 minutes (2.19 MB)

Students, Teachers and Parents fight to keep LEP High open

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Evening News
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Wed, 04/01/2009

Students at LEP (Leap) High School in Portland have been fighting to keep their school open, after the school’s Charter was revoked by the school board on Monday.
School administrators say the numbers presented by the Board were outdated, and a recent fundraising campaign has helped reduce a deficit of tens of thousands of dollars at the school.
Students and teachers have vowed to keep fighting, although the avenues for keep the school open next year are now slim to none, after the charter was revoked this week.

3:12 minutes (2.93 MB)

The Obama administration has decided not to defend the decision to cut protections for the spoted owl.

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Evening News
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Wed, 04/01/2009

The spotted owl’s need for old-growth forest has been at the center of long-standing battles about logging in the Northwest.
Now there’s a new development in the controversy.
The Obama administration has decided not to defend the Bush administration's decision to cut protections for the owl.
Lawyers for the Department of Interior filed a motion in a lawsuit over the owl this week.
Lawyers said they based the decision on a report of potential political interference in owl protections by a former deputy assistant Interior secretary.
It remains to be seen exactly what policy the Obama administration will support, but move represents a major change in policy.
 

4:16 minutes (3.91 MB)

 

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