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Court: State not required to fully fund school goals

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that lawmakers are not obligated to "provide sufficient funding to meet the quality goals" for public schools, as required by a ballot measure voters approved in 2000 by a ratio of 2-to-1.

The court noted that the ballot measure allows the Legislature an alternative, which is to explain why sufficient funding is not available. The state has never met funding goals and the gap is growing each biennium, the court said. Four consecutive legislatures have issued reports stating why school appropriations are insufficient.

The ruling is in a 2006 lawsuit filed by the Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation, comprising 17 school districts, including the Eugene, McKenzie, Siuslaw, Creswell and Crow-Applegate-Lorane districts. Foundation spokeswoman Kathryn Firestone said the group will appeal.

Man enters guilty plea to software counterfeiting

A Eugene man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges for counterfeiting computer software valued at more than $1 million and selling it through online auctions, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Oregon.

Jeremiah Joseph Mondello, 23, pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal copyright infringement, aggravated identity theft and mail fraud. Sentencing is set for July 23.

Court records indicate Mondello initiated thousands of separate online auctions between December 2005 and October 2007, using more than 40 fictitious names and online payment accounts using personal identity information he stole online in order to sell copies of counterfeit software. Mondello generated more than $400,000 in personal profit as a result.

The case is part of a Department of Justice initiative to combat online auction piracy.


Clinton plans brief stop in Junction City today

JUNCTION CITY - Sen. Hillary Clinton will make a stop in Junction City today that is closed to the public.

The New York senator will visit with a homebuilder around midday and also a local family, discussing the economy with both, before heading up to Portland for a town hall event in advance of Tuesday's primary.

Obama to visit Roseburg for a town hall meeting

ROSEBURG - Sen. Barack Obama announced he will stop in Roseburg on Saturday for a town hall meeting at the high school.

Obama is battling Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the free event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Roseburg High School, 400 W. Harvard Ave.

Tickets are required and can be picked up today between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Roseburg Obama for America Office, 850 Mosher Ave., Roseburg, Space at the event is limited.

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Date:May 16, 2008
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