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The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, announced Wednesday that it's going to move its U.S. headquarters to Portland's Pearl district.
Portland voters approved the arts tax last fall, but legal challenges left city and school leaders guessing whether it was safe to spend the money. Portland Public Schools officials say not all the 45 arts teachers provided by the city arts tax will be in place for the first day of school Wednesday.
Where kids in Portland attend school is based mainly on two things: where they live, and how easy it is to transfer elsewhere.
Portland school officials would return to separate elementary and middle schools under proposals unveiled Thursday night. The proposals suggest converting as many as 22 K-to-8 schools.
Marshmallow-launchers and Legos could be a part of the next generation's science, technology, engineering and math curricula. Teachers and students in Oregon used the summer to explore hands-on methods of teaching science and technology-based subjects.
Portland school officials are still months away from deciding which high schools they will close.
Governor Ted Kulongoski will spend much of this week in Europe, trying to shore up business ties.
Author Shawn Vestal grew up in a Mormon family in Gooding, Idaho, but left the faith as a young adult. His new short story collection examines issues of faith, as well as secular takes on life and the afterlife. Watch him read a passage from the collection.
Shawn Vestal grew up in a Mormon family in Gooding, Idaho, but he left the faith as a young adult. His new book, Godforsaken Idaho, is based in part on his experiences growing up Mormon. The stories in the book also examine secular takes on life and the afterlife. Slate recently featured Vestal as one of a growing number of ex-Mormon writers who examine the faith in their writing. Shawn Vestal now lives in Spokane, where he writes for the Spokesman-Review. After two decades of writing stories in his spare time, he went back to school in 2006 to get an MFA in creative writing at Eastern Washington University. He was published in the literary journal McSweeney's the following year, and signed a book deal shortly after that. Shawn Vestal will read from Godforsaken Idaho at Powell's Books on Hawthorne Thursday at 7:30 p.m.