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 Oregon teachers earn 9 percent less than similar private sector workers

Despite their generous health and pension benefits, Oregon public school teachers’ overall compensation is 9 percent lower than they would receive in the private sector, a study by pro-worker Oregon Center for Public Policy says. Source: Study: Oregon teachers earn 9 percent less than similar private sector workers

Election 2018: Kate Brown and Knute Buehler on homelessness

There are few issues as complex as homelessness or ones that inspire as much passion. Source: Election 2018: Kate Brown and Knute Buehler on homelessness

Salem man guilty of sexually abusing 2 young girls at unlicensed day care

A 54-year-old man was found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls over the course of two years at an unlicensed day care in northeast Salem. Source: Salem man guilty of sexually abusing 2 young girls at unlicensed day care

Even with ‘summers off’ and PERS, report says Oregon teachers aren’t paid enough

Oregon’s teachers are not paid as much as comparable private sector jobs, even when taking summers off, PERS into account, according to a new report. Source: Even with ‘summers off’ and PERS, report says Oregon teachers aren’t paid enough

Bend statehouse candidate made false claim in voter guide

Amanda La Bell, the Working Families Party candidate for the 54th House District backed by several prominent Democrats, claims incorrectly in the official state Voters Pamphlet that she earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia.Making false statements in part of the voter guide is a class C felony.“Regarding my college education, I […]
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Oregon DOJ finds no evidence of price gouging during Salem water crisis

The Oregon Department of Justice found no evidence of price gouging during this year’s water crisis after it looked into allegations that some retailers were taking advantage of the situation by jacking up prices for bottled water. However, the DOJ warned two retailers. The agency sent letters to an ampm at 4433 Lancaster Drive NE […]
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WSDOT’s Kris Strickler takes new job with ODOT

Washington State Department of Transportation Southwest Regional Administrator Kris Strickler is taking a new job as the administer of the Oregon Department of Transportation Highway Division — the ag Source: WSDOT’s Kris Strickler takes new job with ODOT

Much Of Columbia River Closed To Salmon Fishing

The rare closure of most of the Columbia River to salmon fishing is largely the result of bad weather and bad ocean conditions in 2015. Source: Much Of Columbia River Closed To Salmon Fishing

PERS Pac-Man eats teacher salaries

Legislature should move all public employees, including teachers, to 401(k)-style defined-contribution retirement plans Source: PERS Pac-Man eats teacher salaries

Cannabliss founder sentenced for failing to file tax returns

‘Matthew Price attempted to live a double life – advising OLCC officials on how to regulate state-legal marijuana sales, while privately evading his personal and business tax obligations.’ Source: Cannabliss founder sentenced for failing to file tax returns