Oregon Seeing Faster Job Growth Than Rest of the Country

Posted by Associated Press on May 13, 2014

SALEM — After a battering in the Great Recession and a slow recovery, Oregon’s job market is showing springtime vigor.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday Oregon added about 15,000 jobs in March and April, the largest two-month increase since 2005.

The department says that, compared to national trends, Oregon lost a larger share of jobs during the recession and was slower at …

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Former Washington Teacher Has Mixed Feelings On Common Core

Posted by Steve Leader on May 13, 2014
Ed Dawson

Ed Dawson, who taught at Washington’s Battle Ground High School, says Oregon’s Schools Chief, Rob Saxton, is showing “real leadership” in pushing Common Core standards.

The Oregon Education Association had urged Saxton to postpone new reading and math tests next spring.  The union is concerned the exams, based on Common Core’s national standards, are too hard, and that many students will …

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Missing: Two Thousand Railroad Ties

Posted by Steve Leader on May 8, 2014
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If you’ve ever used railroad ties in your lawn or garden, you might understand just how much work was involved in stealing 2,000 of them.  The rail ties were stacked along the Central Oregon and Pacific tracks in Southern Oregon.

According to Joe Nealon with Pac West Lumber, each of those ties could weigh between 170 and 225 pounds, depending on …

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Daughter Has Wedding for Dying Mother at Salem Hospital

Posted by Brett Reckamp on May 6, 2014
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A heart-warming story out of Salem where a daughter and her long-time boyfriend decided to tie the knot at Salem Hospital where the bride’s mother is a terminal patient.

Laura Peterson, RN, an oncology nurse at Salem Hospital, went outside her standard nursing duties to put on a wedding for the daughter of a terminal patient. The event happened on the …

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FM News 101 Highlights Key Oregon Primary Races and Issues

Posted by Brett Reckamp on May 5, 2014
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The May 20th Oregon Primary Election is fast approaching. Most ballots have already hit mailboxes. KXL put together a 5-part series of in-depth reports on some of the most important and contentious races and issues going on. You can listen to the pieces here.

*Mike Turner covered Jim Fransesconi’s bid for Multnomah County Chairperson
*Rosemary Reynolds covered …

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