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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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Recent Articles

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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.

local | News | Business | Economy

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.

Science | History | Politics | News

Inslee Asks Army Corps To Return 'Kennewick Man' To Tribes

OPB | June 23, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return the remains of an ancient skeleton called the Kennewick Man to American Indian tribes.

News | Politics | Economy

Wyden, Merkley Split On Senate Trade Vote

OPB | June 23, 2015 1:16 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The U.S. Senate gave President Obama’s massive trade deal with Asian countries a boost Tuesday. 

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Escaped SW Washington Inmate Still Missing A Week Later

OPB | June 23, 2015 noon | Vancouver, Washington

It’s been one week since an inmate in southwest Washington escaped from a prison work crew.

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Cannabis Industry Flexes Its New Political Muscle

OPB | June 21, 2015 6 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

As the marijuana industry grows around the country, its political clout is growing, too.

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Search Continues In SW Washington For Missing Inmate

OPB | June 18, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Corrections officials in southwest Washington are still looking for an inmate who went missing Tuesday.

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VA To Give Benefits To Vets Exposed To Agent Orange

OPB | June 18, 2015 10:12 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday it will expand benefits to reservists who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange.

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One Inmate Captured, One Still At Large After Escaping Work Detail At Clark County Gun Range

OPB | June 16, 2015 3:54 p.m.

Police captured one of the inmates late Tuesday night who escaped from Larch Corrections Center in southwest Washington.

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Oregon’s May Unemployment Largely Unchanged

OPB | June 16, 2015 10:45 a.m.

Oregon's unemployment rate rose slightly in May to 5.3 percent, up from 5.2 percent in April.

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Oregon Senators Block VA Nominee Over Agent Orange Dispute

OPB | June 11, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are blocking the confirmation of the Department of Veterans Affairs nominee.

Politics | News

Longview Could Change Its Water Source To River — Again

OPB | June 10, 2015 11:53 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A citizens group in Longview, Washington narrowed down possible solutions for water problems in the city Tuesday evening.

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Wheeler Asks Feds For New Banking Guidelines Around Legal Pot Businesses

OPB | June 9, 2015 8:45 a.m.

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking the federal government to assure banks that work with legal marijuana businesses they won’t be penalized.

Water | Politics | News

Longview Citizens Weigh Fixes For Water Problems

OPB | June 8, 2015 4:33 p.m.

A citizens group in Longview, Washington will meet Tuesday evening to talk about options for improving the city’s water.

Energy | Water | Transportation | Environment

The Clean Energy Governor And The Columbia River Oil Refinery

OPB | June 5, 2015 4:47 p.m. | Longview, Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is a national leader on climate change policy. He’s also the head of a government working with businessmen who want to bring trainloads of crude oil into his state.

Health | Economy | local | Family | News | Politics

Portland Area Report Finds 'Highly Troubling' Rise In Homeless African Americans

OPB | June 3, 2015 3 p.m.

While the size of the Portland area’s homeless population hasn’t significantly changed during the last two years, it has increased among people of color, families and women.

Clark County’s E-Cig Law Goes Into Effect Monday

OPB | May 31, 2015 7 a.m.

New rules that would regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco cigarettes go into effect Monday in Clark County, Washington.

Energy | Water | Transportation | Environment | Air

NW Push For Clean Fuels Could Mean More Crude, New Refinery

OPB | May 26, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

The push for cleaner fuels in Oregon and Washington has led to proposals that would bring the region more crude oil and a new refinery along the Columbia River.

Fire Officials Gear Up For Busy Season

OPB | May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Wildfire managers in Oregon and Washington are gearing up for a busy season.