Portland Business News

PSU lands $1M to spread computer science education
Author: Malia Spencer
Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science has landed a $1 million National Science Foundation grant. The school will use it to boost the reach of computer science education across the state for students of all backgrounds. PSU plans to develop a program to train high school teachers in computer science curriculum. PSU is working with University of Oregon and the Tigard-Tualatin School District on the project, called Computer Science for Oregon, to coach high…
City will build first bond-backed affordable housing at former strip club site
Author: Jon Bell
The city's plans to build affordable housing on the site of a former strip club are moving forward in in Southeast Portland. In a release today, Mayor Ted Wheeler said the project will bring up to 300 units of affordable housing to the property at 3000 S.E. Powell Blvd. The city purchased the site, the former home of the Safari Club, for $3.7 million in September. Funding for the deal came in part from taxes that the city levies on short-term rentals like Airbnb. The new affordable housing project…
Scenes from the 2017 Oregon's Most Admired Companies Awards (Photos)
Author: Andy Giegerich
If it's December, it must be time for Oregon's Most Admired Companies awards. This year's event took place Thursday afternoon and feted some 80 companies that landed honors within their sectors. The awards are chosen by Oregon CEOs. Hundreds of Portland business leaders hit the Hilton Hotel for the gathering, which has become a nice complement to the holiday season. The luncheon program also typically attracts scores of startup businesses looking to rub elbows with their larger-company peers. Click…
The quiet rise of the private household worker in Oregon (Infographic)
Author: Erik Siemers
The number of people employed in private households in Oregon has increased by nearly 225 percent in the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, according to data from the Oregon Employment Department.

AP News Headlines

Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable....
Feds: Oklahoma man kept stepdaughter captive for 19 years
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children....
Walmart distances itself from talk show host Tavis Smiley
NEW YORK (AP) -- Retail giant Walmart distanced itself from Tavis Smiley on Thursday after an investigation prompted by PBS found "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct by the radio and TV host....
US says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming Houthis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Flanked by singed missile remnants, President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations declared Thursday that "undeniable" evidence proves Iran is arming Houthi rebels in Yemen, the latest bid by the Trump administration to rally the world against the Persian Gulf nation....

NBC News Politics

Omarosa's departure raises questions about White House diversity
Author: Ali Vitali and Gary Grumbach
The departure of Omarosa Manigault Newman from her White House post has brought with it questions about diversity, or lack thereof, in the Trump administration.
Trump breaks out the gold scissors to tout deregulation
Author: Suzy Khimm
Some regulatory experts say that Trump may be overstating his accomplishments, depending on the yardstick it is using to measure deregulatory actions.