A new triplex is pictured on the corner of Northeast Sixth Avenue and Northeast Ainsworth Street Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Portland, Ore. A bill in the state Legislature would change single-family zoning rules to allow more buildings like this in cities looking to grow more dense.

A new triplex is pictured on the corner of Northeast Sixth Avenue and Northeast Ainsworth Street Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Portland, Ore. A bill in the state Legislature would change single-family zoning rules to allow more buildings like this in cities looking to grow more dense.

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  • Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would require cities to allow triplexes, cottage clusters and other “middle housing” options in single-family neighborhoods. Minneapolis is the first city in the country to vote for a plan allowing such housing to be built in neighborhoods zoned for single-family use. We talk with Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender.

 

  

  • A new report on “disrupted learning” from the Oregon Education Association, the statewide teachers’ union, documents student behaviors such as biting, kicking, punching, yelling, cursing and screaming. The report makes the case that “Oregon students and classrooms are in crisis.” We hear from Melinda Ryan, a teacher in the North Clackamas School District and Joe Fulton, a librarian at Linus Pauling Middle School in the Corvallis School District about what disrupted learning looks like where they work.

 

  

  • A small population of gray whales stick around off the Pacific Northwest coast year round, rather than make the huge migrations from Mexico to the Arctic that most of their fellow whales do. For the first time, a satellite tracking study was done to find out just where those resident whales spend their time. Barb Lagerquist was the lead author of the study.

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