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>>School Board Approves Construction Bond For Portland Schools

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public School district will move forward with rebuilding and renovating three high schools after the School Board approved a 482-million-dollar construction bond.  The budget was revised upward by ten-million dollars for Franklin, Grant, and Roosevelt high schools, which will be rebuilt to hold hundreds more students than originally planned.  The school district says the changes are necessary because of revised enrollment forecasts.     

>>MAX Train Back On Track After Long Delay

(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials say a MAX train whose wheels had lifted off the rails is back in service.  The incident happened as the train was leaving the 82nd Avenue station around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.  There were no injuries and the train remained upright.  The train was repositioned on the tracks and service was restored by about ten p.m. 

>>Man Armed With Knives Arrested At Whole Foods

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who was armed with knives after he was reported to be threatening shoppers and shoplifting at a local Whole Foods.  Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning at the Whole Foods on Northwest Couch.  Officials say several officers responded to the scene and used a Taser to subdue the man after he refused repeated commands to drop the knife he was holding.  He was cited for disorderly conduct and menacing and taken to a hospital, where he underwent a mental-health evaluation.     

>>About 300 Apply For Pot Business Licenses

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state officials say more than 300 people applied on the first day applications were being accepted for licenses to sell, grow, or process marijuana.  The Department of Revenue says 299 of those applications were filled out online and the remainder were in-person applications.  The department is encouraging people to use the online option to apply, at  Applications will be accepted through December 19th.

>>Initiative Designed To Improve Students' Career Readiness

(Olympia, WA)  --  One-thousand high school students in Washington will be able to explore potential career opportunities under a pilot program sponsored by the state Employment Security and education departments.  The program, called Career Readiness for a Working Washington, will match students in five communities and local businesses for mentorships, internships, or other work-based learning activities.  Thirty-five teachers will participate in the program to learn how the subjects they teach are applied in work settings.  The program will be piloted in Vancouver's Evergreen School District, as well as in the Renton, Spokane, Wenatchee, and Yelm school districts.

Todd Dunne/lmc

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