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OPB News Blog

Feb. 20, 2015 3:20 a.m.

The OPB News Blog covers current events, trends and quirky stories unique to Oregon and the Northwest.

News Fix - KQED's Bay Area News Blog

Aug. 24, 2014 6:14 p.m.

Follow continuing coverage of the #napaquake on KQED's News Fix Blog.  Photos, damaged buildings and structures, "Did You Feel It" reports and more....

local | Education

School District Blog Post Causes Controversy

Feb. 10, 2011 1:20 p.m.

The Lake Oswego’s school superintendent recently announced he would start dipping into his retirement for his own income, so he could donate his salary to pay for staff. The move has sparked a behind-the-scenes controversy at a nearby district.

local | News | OPB News Blog

Top 10 OPB News Blog Posts Of 2014

Dec. 30, 2014 6:30 p.m.

The end of 2014 marks the beginning of OPB News Blog's second year online. This crash course has gone by incredibly fast. Though I've learned a lot about Oregon in the past 364 days, I'm excited to continue reporting on current trends and those quirky stories that make this state so unique.

local | News | OPB News Blog

News Blog: Update: Whoville Homeless Camp Closed To Former Residents

April 4, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Eugene police closed the homeless camp Whoville this morning.

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News Blog: Winter, Studded Tire Season Are Over

March 31, 2014 10:48 p.m.

If you have studded tires, listen up: The Oregon Department of Transportation says that car owners must remove studded tires by the end of today, March 31.

local | News | OPB News Blog

News Blog: March Ends With Record Rainfall In NW, Oregon

March 31, 2014 9:43 p.m.

Northwest Oregon is out of the drought danger zone after a record wet month — it was the third soggiest March with more than seven inches of rainfall.

local | News | OPB News Blog

News Blog: Belmont Goat Owners Turn To Crowdsourcing For Move

March 31, 2014 5:49 p.m.

The owners of a popular herd of goats in Portland are turning to crowdsourcing to move them from Belmont to the Lents neighborhood.

Economy | local

WA State Senator Floats 'Millionaire Tax' Idea On Her Blog

April 1, 2009 2:37 p.m.

Washington state has no income tax.  And the top Democrat in the state Senate says Washington’s sales tax is regressive.  So Senator Lisa Brown is exploring the idea of a so-called millionaire’s tax.

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News Blog: Last Day To Weigh In On Blazer Court Design

April 2, 2014 6:57 p.m.

Wednesday is the last day to weigh in on the next design for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers’ court floor.

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Think Out Loud

Is a Blogger a Journalist?

Dec. 19, 2011 5:06 p.m.

Crystal Cox considers herself an investigative journalist, but her only outlets are the websites she's created to write about legal issues. In one of many blog posts she wrote about Obsidian Finance Group (an Oregon firm), she was critical of the company and called its co-founder a "thug" and a "liar." When Obsidian sued her, she said she had an inside source that backed her allegations. She tried to use Oregon's shield law — which protects journalists from revealing their sources — to protect her, but the judge found that Cox was indeed not a journalist and, as such, could not be protected by the shield law. Cox, who represented herself, also argued that Obsidian's claim was unfounded because they never asked her for a retraction. Under Oregon's retraction law, a defamation case cannot go forward unless the person who claims to have been defamed has first asked for a retraction or correction and not received it, but that law only applies to printed or broadcast material. A federal judge ruled (pdf) against Cox's legal arguments. The ruling requires her to pay The jury in the case required her to pay $2.5 million in damages. The case has made international news and has reinvigorated the question of whether bloggers are journalists. Should bloggers be protected by the same laws that protect traditional journalists?

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2 Portland 5th Graders Blog About Climate Change

April 2, 2015 4 p.m.

Jeremy Clark and Charlie Abrams created the "Two Green Leaves" blog together earlier this year to write about climate change.

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Allie Brosh And Her Hyperbole And A Half

Nov. 7, 2013 8:30 p.m.

Bend-based blogger Allie Brosh has turned her popular blog into a book of the same name: Hyperbole and a Half.

local | Arts

Portland Porches

Aug. 28, 2013 8:14 p.m.

Teresa Christiansen is a Portland photographer who takes pictures of the city's porches. The photos are featured on her blog and in an upcoming book called Portland Porches.

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Summer Recess Conversation: Earl Blumenauer

Aug. 21, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Representative Earl Blumenauer champions bicycle and transportation issues — he himself bikes to work and he's often seen wearing a bicycle pin, along with his signature bow-ties. Much of the 3rd district that he represents lies in Portland, in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.  He's been a solid supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul, and he continues to advocate for changing the health system, including funding end-of-life care conversations between doctors and patients. He supports renewable energy tax reform, wants to repeal Oregon's constitutional gay marriage ban, and has sponsored legislation in Congress on a range of issues from marijuana taxation to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies. One of the lastest issues he's focusing on now is protecting bees, after some high-profile bee die-offs this summer. Last month, he introduced legislation that would restrict the use of certain pesticides. "Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment," he says, "but key to a stable food supply."

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Reactions To President Obama's Syria Speech

Sept. 11, 2013 7:06 p.m.

It's been about three weeks since a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed 1400 civilians. The Obama administration says the intelligence is clear that the Bashad al-Assad government is responsible for the attack, and that some kind of military response is necessary. President Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons crosses a "red line" that requires action.  Now, with Congress back in session and the Syria question at the top of their agenda, the President will give a primetime speech to the American public outlining his case for military action.

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President Obama Speaks on Russia, Healthcare and the Economy

Aug. 9, 2013 8:06 p.m.

President Obama will hold a press conference today at noon. Topics will include Russian relations, Edward Snowden and the state of the economy. We'll have reactions to the speech with our News Roundtable immediately following the press conference.

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Summer Recess Conversation: Suzanne Bonamici

Aug. 15, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Our series of Summer Recess Conversations continues with a sit-down with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's 1st district. Bonamici was elected to Congress in a special election in January, 2012. Since then, she's voted against efforts to change Obamacare and supported increases and changes to Medicaid reimbursements. She's joined with other members of the delegation to oppose commodity speculation that could hurt craft breweries and successfully proposed an amendment to keep 34 C-23 Sherpa aircraft for the Army National Guard in Oregon. She's supported an emphasis on science and art education, and she recently voted to pass a bipartisan plan to alleviate student loan interest rates.  We'll talk with Suzanne Bonamici about the last congressional session and what she expects when Congress reconvenes next month. 

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News Roundtable: July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013 7:06 p.m.

We're wrapping up the news of the week a day early this time around. As always, our news roundtable is our chance to chat about the week's news with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:

  • The Oregon legislature ending its session Monday with the usual flurry of bills
  • A new report that says Portland police have more lesons to learn from fatal shootings
  • Cover Oregon begins its rollout

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News Roundtable: June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013 7:15 p.m.

We're a day early with our regular news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:

  • Negotiations in Salem over the education budget
  • The Army Corps of Engineers' decision not to investigate the effect coal terminals would have on climate change or the region as a whole in its approval process
  • The push by a majority of Washington's congressional delegation for the federal government not to prosecute Washingtonians who buy or sell marijuana under the state's new law.
  • The Oregon Supreme Court upholding Gov. John Kitzhaber's right to block the execution of Gary Haugen.

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