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Oregon's New Minimum Wage Will Be Highest in U.S.

Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system based on geography. The measure passed the state House on Feb. 18 and was headed to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who […]

Gentrification in Portland Puts Squeeze on Families and Artists

Gentrification in Portland Puts Squeeze on Families and Artists

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland has been a magnet for young, creative adults for over a decade, beckoning droves with its quirkiness, liberal appeal and quality of life. But the city’s popularity has had another effect: Those who helped make it cool can’t afford to live here anymore. Evictions and skyrocketing rents are putting apartments […]

Logan Davis - A Graduate Who Builds Community

Logan Davis - A Graduate Who Builds Community

Graduate’s name: Logan Davis Home city: Ashland, Oregon Name of school or program: Southern Oregon University (SOU) Degree or certificate earned: Bachelor’s degree in anthropology Why you’re honoring this graduate: “Logan put herself through college. At the same time, she was involved in the student community at SOU. She has organized fun and informative gatherings […]

Domestic Workers Win Bill of Rights in Conn. and Oregon

Domestic Workers Win Bill of Rights in Conn. and Oregon

Home caregivers, housekeepers and nannies in Connecticut and Oregon have won workplace protections, including safeguards from sexual harassment and overtime pay, following passage of bills approved by state lawmakers earlier this month. The timing couldn’t have been better. The bills received legislative approval just weeks before the world celebrates International Domestic Workers’ Day, which is […]

Food Stamps Save Kids and Parents From Hunger

Food Stamps Save Kids and Parents From Hunger

Twelve years ago, life was hard for Tyra Lynn.  Her husband had just lost his job, and the then 27-year-old mother of three had a hard time making ends meet. She was struggling to feed her family and relying on food stamps. She wasn’t alone. In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. […]