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State education plan approved, Portland plans for growth in the center city and wildfires hinder cannabis farms.

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Oregon education plan receives federal approval. Under the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (which replaced “No Child Left Behind”) states are given the opportunity to design independent school plans. But those plans still require federal approval. Oregon’s plan was approved by Department of Education Under Secretary Besty DeVos yesterday. OPB has the story.

From the Magazine: Worldly Pursuits. Oregon universities depend on foreign students to help close the funding gap. What happens when the revenue dries up?

Portland plans for central core growth. The council will consider the development plan known as Central City 2035 next week. The plan describes a path ensuring 30% of future growth is concentrated in the central core. The Portland Tribune has more.

Smoke hinders southern Oregon cannabis growers. Growers say the haze from wildfires is choking out crops just as many near a critical growth stage. The Oregonian has the story.

Wine industry on precipice of change. Census reports show the number and acreage of wineries has grown. The wine variety is increasing as well. Read more from Capital Press.

RELATED STORY: The winery that started it all expands and rebrands.

Cascade Angels announce 2017 investment. Wildfang and Rigado received the first 2017 investments from the Bend fund. The amounts are unknown, but typically range from $100,000 to $250,000. Wildfang will use the investment to open stores in LA and New York. Rigado will expand overseas. The Bend Bulletin has the story.

Don’t do it. Nike began its second round of layoffs Wednesday to complete its 2% workforce cut (about 1,400 employees). Read more from the Oregonian.

A clean partnership. The Central Eastside Industrial Council and Central City Concern have partnered to form CCC Clean Start PDX. The program is designed to keep Portland clean and help homeless people keep outdoor living spaces free of trash. The Portland Business Journal has more.

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