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Conrad Wilson

Conrad Wilson covers Southwest Washington for OPB News. Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR member station in Colorado. His work has aired on Marketplace and NPR shows such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor. Conrad is an avid photographer and loves spending time in the snow or on a trail.

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Ballots Due For Washington Primary That Will Shape November Races

OPB | Aug. 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Results will start coming in Tuesday from Washington state’s primary election.

Business | News | Economy | Elections | Environment

Judge Rules In Favor Of Vancouver Port On Oil Terminal Lease

OPB | July 24, 2015 11:09 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A Clark County judge ruled Friday that port leaders in Vancouver, Washington didn't violate state laws in 2013 when they negotiated a lease for an oil terminal.

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Vancouver Port Commissioners Race Is All About An Oil Terminal

OPB | July 23, 2015 2:15 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A proposed energy project at the Port of Vancouver has deeply divided the region, sparking interest in a race for a seat on the port's commission.

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Fire Destroys 4 Food Carts Near Portland State Campus

OPB | July 21, 2015 10:52 a.m.

Two other food carts were damaged in the blaze. The fire is currently under investigation.

Business | News | Economy

Port Of Portland To Welcome First Cargo Ship In Months

OPB | July 20, 2015 6:01 p.m. | PORTLAND, Ore.

Earlier this year, the port lost more than 95 percent of its container business. 

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Homeless Vet Center Breaks Ground In Vancouver

OPB | July 16, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Officials broke ground on a new center for homeless veterans on the Vancouver, Washington campus of Portland office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Regional Firefighters Benefit From Cooler Weather

OPB | July 15, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The cooler temperatures around the region have slowed the number of wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest.

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Washington Sends Out Primary Ballots

OPB | July 15, 2015 12:07 p.m. | VANCOUVER, Wash.

Washington state mailed out ballots Wednesday for the state’s Aug. 4 primary election.

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2 Portland Area Fires Extinguished

OPB | July 15, 2015 10:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

It was a busy day for Portland Fire and Rescue after local firefighters extinguished two fires in the area.

Business | News | Economy

Portland Area Exports Rise, But Fallout From Hanjin Unknown

OPB | July 10, 2015 5:45 p.m.

Trade exports in the Portland-Vancouver metro increased by 6 percent last year, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Will A New Casino Threaten A Tribe's Economic Base?

OPB | July 10, 2015 4:33 p.m. | Grand Ronde, Oregon

The Cowlitz Tribe in Washington wants to build a casino of its own in La Center, just 20 miles north of Portland. But the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde say it could hurt the life they've rebuilt.

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Women, Minorities Working For Multnomah County Earn Money Less Than Whites

OPB | July 10, 2015 3:22 p.m.

Woman and people of color employed by the county make less overall than white males, according to a report released Thursday by the Multnomah County Auditor's office.

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New Pot Report Details Year 1 In Washington

OPB | July 8, 2015 4:20 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

It’s been a year since Washington started its recreational marijuana industry and the cannabis industry has made its mark across the state in the past year.

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Oregon Lawmakers To Give LGBT Vets A Boost

OPB | July 7, 2015 6 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Oregon could become the first state to have a coordinator who assists LGBT veterans.

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Washington Marijuana Sales Exceed $250M In 1st Year

OPB | July 7, 2015 3:08 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Wednesday marks the first year of recreational marijuana in Washington state. Sales so far have exceeded $250 million. Of that, the state made more than $65 million in taxes.

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KapStone, Union To Meet With Federal Mediator Monday

OPB | July 3, 2015 6 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

KapStone Paper and Packaging and its union employees will meet with a federal mediator Monday. It's the latest twist in contract negotiations that have dragged on for about a year and a half.

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Advocates Say Legal Marijuana Is About Justice

OPB | June 30, 2015 4:35 p.m.

Though some have taken to planning parties as marijuana legalization takes effect Wednesday, some say the new law is really about criminal justice reform.

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Police Arrest Escaped SW Washington Inmate

OPB | June 30, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

About two weeks after escaping, police in southwest Washington confirm they captured 45-year-old inmate Randall Marlow.

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Union, Longview Paper Mill To Hold Final Bargaining Session

OPB | June 28, 2015 6 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Workers at the KapStone Pulp and Paper Mill in Longview, Washington are holding the final scheduled bargaining session with the company Monday.

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Fire Officials 'Ramping Up' Resources For Hot Weekend

OPB | June 24, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Hot weather is coming to the region this weekend, which concerns fire officials. As a precaution, fire managers say they're ramping up resources in anticipation for more blazes.