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Portland Parents Coalition Wants to See the New Teachers' Contract

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The Portland Association of Teachers and Portland Public Schools have averted a strike with a tentative contract agreement, allowing Portland parents and officials to wipe their brows.

"Hallelujah," Mayor Charlie Hales said in Portland City Hall this morning. "And it's a good contract. They deserve some sleep."

But not everybody is happy.

The Portland Parents...   More
 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Dental Guidelines Call for Fluoride Before Age Two

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Although Portland voters resoundingly defeated a measure that would have fluoridated the city's drinking water last year, national guidelines are moving in the other direction.This week, the American Dental Association ratcheted up its guidelines for toddlers, suggesting that ...   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Lawmakers Honor Musician and Sex Offender Curtis Salgado

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Today, the Oregon Senate paid tribute to the Oregon blues musician Curtis Salgado, who toured with acts such as Santana and Bonnie Raitt and was reportedly an inspiration for the Blues Brothers movie.
"We, the members of the Seventy-seventh Legislative Assembly, honor Curtis Salgado," reads    More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Split House Transportation Committee Moves CRC Bill

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The House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development today voted six to four to move a bill that would keep the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project alive. The vote came after six hours of public testimony over two days, and went through on a party line basis.
House Bill 4113 now moves to the budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee, where members wh...   More
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clearing Up Misinformation Ahead of Today's Columbia River Crossing Hearing

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Ahead of today's hearing on the Columbia River Crossing Project, CRC proponents have clouded the debate with two pieces of misinformation.
First, the economic consequences of not moving forward are being over-stated.

On Feb. 6, The Oregonian published another    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Predatory Lawmaking

A voracious debt collector wants to acquire Oregon property tax liens.


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In 2007, Oregon lawmakers made national headlines when they kicked payday lenders out of the state. Now one of the biggest debt-collection companies in the U.S. wants to bring a type of lending    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS Hiring Replacement Teachers on Craigslist

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As Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers slide toward a strike, the district is advertising for replacements on Craigslist. The district and the union will meet today with a state mediator to try to head off would would be the first work stoppage in PPS history.
Here's the ad:
PPS Temporary Replacement Workers & Student Support Staff (P...   More
 
Monday, February 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday in Salem

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House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) announced today there will in fact be a hearing on the Columbia River Crossing project during the current legislative session.Members of both chambers have expressed reluctance to revisit the current $2.8 billion Oregon-only version of the CRC. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) has expressed strong reservations about moving forward...   More
 
Monday, February 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Timbers Will Now Play in Providence Park

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The Portland Timbers and Thorns announced today that the name of the city-owned stadium in which they play is changing from Jeld-Wen Field to Providence Park.
Longtime Portlanders will remember that the venue was c...   More
 
Monday, February 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Portland Gangster In the Middle of a Mexican Drug War

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There are worse fates than being snowbound in Portland.
Finding yourself not in Portland's snow but in the middle of a Mexican drug war is one of them. Slate has a story on that very possibility today.Here'...   More
 
Friday, February 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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