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Oregon Graduation Rates Hit 80%, An All-Time High. Here’s The Story In 6 Districts.

Oregon’s graduation rate has hit 80%, an all-time high. But the story is about more than the numbers. Source: Oregon Graduation Rates Hit 80%, An All-Time High. Here’s The Story In 6 Districts. . News | OPB

December unemployment rate lowest since 1976

Fewer Oregonians are unemployed now than at any point in the past 44 years, with labor market tightening. Source: Pamplin Media Group – December unemployment rate lowest since 1976

Guns, wildfires and homelessness loom as Oregon lawmakers gather

February’s 35-day legislative sprint could complete unfinished business or pass new laws on key issues. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Guns, wildfires and homelessness loom as Oregon lawmakers gather

It’s ‘Back to School’ for the Oregon Legislature

We asked Oregon House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, to finish this sentence: “The 2019 session will be successful if…” Source: Pamplin Media Group – It’s ‘Back to School’ for the Oregon Legislature

Portland discharged untreated wastewater into Columbia Slough

State regulators propose to fine the city $40,200 for discharging 263,670 gallon of untreated wastewater in 2018 Source: Pamplin Media Group – DEQ: Portland discharged untreated wastewater into Columbia Slough

Oregon public records council shores up support for independence

Members say amendments drafted by League of Oregon Cities’ lobbyist could ‘torpedo’ proposals. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon public records council shores up support for independence

Local schools improve graduation rates by up to 10% last year

Oregon schools saw a small increase in statewide graduation rates for the 2018-2019 school year with 80% of students graduating within four years, according to data released by the Oregon Department of Education on Thursday. Source: Local schools improve graduation rates by up to 10% last year – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Public access to views above Wallowa Lake are one step closer to reality

Officials in Wallowa County have purchased the moraines above Wallowa Lake, with plans to open them to public access. Source: Public access to views above Wallowa Lake are one step closer to reality – oregonlive.com

‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds

The heatwave, nicknamed “the blob,” likely resulted in widespread food shortages for fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Source: ‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds – oregonlive.com

Portland Public Schools may get $39 million in Student Success Act funds, state estimates show

The district would get the largest district award from the $1 billion per year corporate tax passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019. Source: Portland Public Schools may get $39 million in Student Success Act funds, state estimates show – oregonlive.com