HD Weddel is one of two principals at Madras High School, where graduation rates have improved thanks in part to a new alternative school nearby.

HD Weddel is one of two principals at Madras High School, where graduation rates have improved thanks in part to a new alternative school nearby.

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  • The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit scientific research organization, has found news reports of almost 300 toxic blooms of the same blue-green algae that is causing problems in Salem’s water, and has been since 2010. The problem, they say, is getting worse. Bill Walker, editor-in-chief and vice president of Environmental Working Group joins us.
  • The Grand Ronde reservation has reopened its museum after a major renovation with a new exhibit featuring artifacts on loan from the British Museum. The objects on display were collected by a minister and a doctor who bought them from tribal members in the 1800s. David Harrelson, cultural resources department manager, and Travis Stewart, interpretive coordinator, tell us about the new exhibit.
  • Melinda Hagen, a Portland childcare provider, was given a license by the state even though she had been prohibited from caring for children in California, and had been fined for running an illegal day care. OPB political reporter Lauren Dake fills us in.
  • High school graduation rates have jumped in Madras. That’s widely credited to the relentless leadership of the high school and the alternative school there. We talk with HD Weddel about the approach he and Madras High School co-principal Mark Neffendorf have taken to get a double-digit increase in the district’s rate of kids graduating high school.

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