2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/19/2013 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers will return to Salem on Sept. 30 to vote on a series of compromise measures that Gov. John Kitzhaber reached with House and Senate leaders from both parties. Kitzhaber said the agreement would boost education funding by $140 million to restore cancelled school days in some districts and lower college tuition.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The University of Oregon and its new faculty union have announced an agreement on a two-year contract. The Register-Guard reports it will give faculty members two 6 percent annual raises, but untenured faculty will remain on one-year contracts. It’s the first contract for the 1,800-member United Academics union that was certified a year-and-a-half ago.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A task force working on an agreement for sharing scarce water in the Klamath Basin reports progress, but say they have yet to reach a final compromise. They’re still working on how to assure irrigation water for cattle ranchers in the upper basin while providing for protected fish sacred to the Klamath Tribes.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Zoo says a survey of the Mount Hood National Forest has found a dozen rare western bumblebees. The bee species was once common in the West, but most mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascade Mountains about 15 years ago. Scientists hope the discovery means the bees are making a comeback.


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