2nd Oregon Regional News

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Jesse Lederer says he searched jobs sites for

months hoping to find a job that could help him pay to stay in

college, but he found he didn’t have the experience to get hired.

Labor officials say Lederer’s not alone — youth unemployment in

Oregon continues to rise even as overall unemployment slowly

declines. State economist Carolyn Eagan tells The Bulletin of Bend

that the overall jobless rate last year was 9.4 percent. But she

says it was 19 percent for workers age 16 to 24, compared to about

11 percent in 2007.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Starting this year, high school seniors are

not only required to earn 24 class credits to graduate but also

prove those classes resulted in actual skills. New rules require

students this year to show they can read at a level that will serve

them in college and on the job. In 2013, graduating seniors will

have to show reading and writing proficiency. In 2014, they must

pass a math test.


PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – A 96-year-old Pendleton woman is now an

honorary member of Future Farmers of America decades after being

denied entry into the group when she was 14. Margaret Troedson

donned the agriculture group’s distinctive blue jacket after the

Pendleton FFA chapter awarded her an honorary degree Saturday



RAINIER, Ore. (AP) – A Rainier man says he still plans to open a

new marijuana collective even though city officials denied him a

business license. Nick Clark plans to turn an old video store into

a resource center for medical marijuana in this city located across

the Columbia River from Longview, Wash. Clark runs a similar center

in Astoria. He plans to open April 17, even though he’ll face a

$500 daily fine.

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