09 19 2014
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Workers Falling Behind

Living-wage jobs are becoming more and more endangered

To live a decent life in Oregon, it costs a single adult $10.77 an hour. Yet one-third of all job openings pay less than that, according to a study conducted by a Seattle organization.
"Searching for Work That Pays: The 2005 Northwest Job Gap Study" determined that the "Northwest is not creating living-wage jobs for all those who need them." When families cannot earn what they need to survive, the study notes, "many are forced to make difficult choices between adequate health care, balanced nutrition and paying the bills."
The study was prepared by the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, a regional federation of four statewide, community-based social and economic organizations. It encompassed Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.


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Give Thanks

Nine-year volunteer Mary Karas, left; Tim Tommaso, program manager of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's food services division; Clinton Berlin, 17, a student at the Portland International Community School; and McCoy Academy student Andrew Hill, 17, get first crack Tuesday at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's annual Thanksgiving dinner, held at the Patton Home. Hundreds of people enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal every year at the event.


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Last Weeks Poll Results

In Orlando, Fla.,  police follow a simple rule for high-speed chases:  "If you can't cite 'em, you can't chase 'em."  
The Portland Police Bureau has more latitude in its high-speed pursuit guidelines.


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