Portland Public Schools Consider Redistricting Plan

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on October 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland School Board is looking ahead to growth of student population, estimating that by 2025, schools will house some 53,000 students in the district.  That’s 5,000 more than current enrollment.

Monday night, the committee redrawing district lines looked at the possibilities.  The district wants the number of students at each school to be equal, avoiding overcrowding at one …

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Vancouver Bans Personal Fireworks

Posted by Steve Herman on October 6, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Vancouver City Council voted Monday night unanimously to ban the use and sales of personal fireworks within the city limits.

The law will take effect in 2017 because Washington law takes 365 days to make changes to fireworks regulations.

That means residents will have one last 4th of July to legally shoot off fireworks.

Still Unbeatable

Posted by Steve Leader on October 5, 2015

Photo Courtesy: ecaring.com

PORTLAND, Ore. — Emails and phone calls help keep us in touch, but a new study from Oregon Health & Science University shows older adults (50+) who talked with family and friends in person were less likely to feel depressed.  That’s compared to those who phoned or communicated by email.

A team led by Dr. Alan Teo poured over data …

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Brady Group Calls for Douglas County Sheriff’s Resignation

Posted by Steve Herman on October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for the immediate resignation of Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin and his replacement as lead investigator of the Umpqua Community College shooting, calling him “unfit” to complete the investigation.

Related: Gunman Kills Nine, Wounds Nine at Umpqua Community College

An article written by the New York Times put the spotlight on Sheriff Hanlin. …

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Bomb Threat Shuts Down Rogue Community College Campuses

Posted by Jeremy Scott on October 5, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The campuses of Rogue Community College were closed on Monday because of a bomb threat.

A threat to the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass was received just after 10:00.

Bomb Threat – evacuate all RCC campuses immediately. Posted 10/5/2015 at 10:49am

— Rogue CC (@RogueCC) October 5, 2015

Officials activated an emergency alert system to send text messages and emails to staff and students. …

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