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Elderly driver suffers stroke, hits nine vehicles

SPRINGFIELD - An elderly woman, who apparently suffered a stoke while driving, struck nine vehicles and a pole in a parking lot Saturday, police said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., Helen Smith, 83, of Springfield, was in the parking lot of Bi-Mart, 1521 Mohawk Blvd., when she lost control of her 2001 Dodge Intrepid. Her car came to rest on a fire hydrant barricade, Springfield Sgt. John King said.

Smith was taken to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center where she was treated and released Saturday night. No one was injured, King said.

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Plan to reduce education districts may be dead

SALEM - An early-session proposal by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and several lawmakers to reduce the number of state's education service districts to provide more funds for schoolchildren may have died.

The Senate Education and Workforce Committee will get a look at a possible alternative plan Monday. The plan would clear the way for more powerful service districts, but lacks a directive to merge any of the 20 that exist now.

``We know some will be consolidated, but we decided to take that out,'' said committee chairwoman Sen. Vicki Walker, D-Eugene. ``That is something the ESDs should have input in, instead of the Legislature drawing the map.''

The districts get 5 percent of the state school fund plus other state dollars for a variety of jobs including technology support and services for disabled students.

Fewer ESDs means less money spent on administrators, but it also means a loss of jobs and diluted local control where mergers would take place.

The districts dodged forced consolidation in 2001 when legislators voted to let them do it voluntarily. None did.

Walker had proposed reducing the number of districts by eight or more, but the plan backs away from a specific number.
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Date:Apr 3, 2005
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