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by Joe Donlon

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Posted on October 3, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

It's been a busy week, for sure. The debate last night, and the financial bailout - have dominated the news. Now that the House has passed the bailout package, we're going to take a deeper look at some of the details. You may have noticed, critics of the plan - have an Oregon company in their crosshairs. That company is the beneficiary of a 'perk' in the plan -- or 'pork' - depending on your position. It's a tax benefit - for makers of toy arrows. Rose City Archery is growing tired of the attacks, and insists its company won't make one penny - or save one penny on this. "It's the kids who will benefit," according to the company's president.

That certainly hasn't stopped critics, who have made the archery tax break - fodder for their criticism -- even mocking the so-called 'sweetner' on the floor of the U.S. House.

So, how does something like this even end up in the financial bailout package? Who included it? And why does this particular industry - get this tax break? Were there other causes that would have qualified for something like this? We're looking into this story for our evening news, and hope to answer some questions in this rather interesting 'civics' lesson.

Another interesting story is unfolding tonight. The Governor is hosting a 'pro choice' event tonight -- two days before a Respect Life mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Normally, that might not be a big deal, but the Governor is Catholic, and Archbishop John Vlazny called it an 'embarrassment for our Church and a scandal for the Catholic community." Protestors say they will gather at the NARAL function tonight - to let the Governor know how they feel. He already knows, though - as Archbishop Valzny made his feelings known publically about this - last month. We're hoping the Governor will talk with us. We'll see what we get - and have an update on this story - tonight.

And, of course - since it's Friday, we'll have Friday Night Flights!

See you at 10 and 11.