1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/01/2016 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A coalition of labor unions is dropping its November ballot campaign to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to as high as $13.50 an hour for the entire state. The group says the Legislature’s passage of an alternative minimum wage proposal this month was a good compromise to its own proposal.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon now has more than 100 wolves. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual wolf report shows Oregon had 110 known wolves in 2015, a 36 percent increase over the year before. Seven wolves died in 2015 – three of them were illegally shot.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A group of parents is speaking out against a health survey given to Oregon students. The Bulletin reports that the Oregon Health Authority’s Student Wellness Survey is an anonymous, voluntary survey given every other year to students in sixth, eighth and 11th grades. It asks questions about substance use, mental health, bullying and safety. A spokeswoman with Parents’ Rights in Education says she’s concerned that parents don’t know what kinds of questions are included.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The University of Oregon president has proposed changes that would shift resources and reassign teaching priorities. The Register-Guard reports that President Michael Schill says some tenured faculty have skimpy teaching loads, even as departments hire more non-tenure track faculty to teach. Schill has suggested hiring as many as 100 new tenure-track faculty over five years in some disciplines. He also plans to let go of non-tenured faculty in subjects with declining enrollment.


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