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Oregon's On Time Graduation Rates Barely Rise

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st January NewsEducationGov. John Kitzhabergraduation rates
The on-time graduation rate for Oregon high school students in the class of 2012 is up, but barely. The Oregonian reported that state figures showed the rate rose by less than a percentage point and remains at 68 percent. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his chief education officer, Rudy Crew, call 68 percent unacceptably low.Read More »

Four State Officials To be Sworn In Friday

By Jim McCoy Thu 3rd January NewsGov. John Kitzhaberswearing in
Four statewide officials who were elected in November will be sworn in Friday by Gov.Read More »

Prison Guards Exception To State Smoking Ban

By Jim McCoy Thu 3rd January NewsGov. John Kitzhabersmoking ban
Prison guards are an exception to a no-smoking rule that took effect Tuesday for Oregon state employees. The order signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber says smokers have to go outside to a sidewalk or private property. The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/VkSs75) there's no convenient place for prison guards to smoke.Read More »

Kitzhaber: Process Awkard, But Bill Is Critical

By Jim McCoy Thu 13th December NewsGov. John KitzhaberNikeOregon legislature
Gov. John Kitzhaber acknowledges his decision to abruptly call the Legislature into special session to approve a tax incentive for Nike is "extraordinarily awkward." But the governor says the potential economic development benefits are worth it.Read More »

Governor Announces Nike Expansion Plans In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 10th December NewsGov. John KitzhaberNike
Nike is announcing plans to expand its operations in Oregon. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office announced the company's plans in a news conference this morning and called the Legislature into session next week to create a new law promising Nike that the state's tax code won't change. The Legislature is due to meet in its regular annual session beginning Jan. 14.Read More »

Early Education Grant Headed For Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th December NewsEducationGov. John Kitzhaber
The Obama Administration has awarded Oregon a $20 million grant for the state's effort to improve early-childhood education. Gov. John Kitzhaber's office announced the grant on Thursday. It will be used to improve training for preschool teachers and to measure the effectiveness of programs that are supposed to prepare children for kindergarten.Read More »

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares State of Emergency For Wildfires

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th July NewsfiresGov. John Kitzhaber

Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared a state of emergency in response to wildfires that have burned more than 1,100 square miles in southeastern Oregon. Kitzhaber signed an executive order Tuesday directing state agencies to assist affected landowners and seek federal disaster assistance.Read More »

Oregon Out In Front On Health Care Reforms

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th June NewsGov. John Kitzhaberhealth care

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold much of the federal health care overhaul will require many states to scramble to get ready because they hoped it would be overturned and dragged their feet. Oregon won't be one of them.
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Oregon Medicaid Overhaul Gets Federal Funds

The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health care initiative in Oregon, to the tune of $1.9 billion over five years.
     The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday
it has tentatively agreed to help Oregon pay the startup costs of a
plan that would improve coordination among care providers andRead More »

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