How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

Living On The Line: The Benefits Cliff

OPB | Sept. 19, 2014 midnight

As people living in poverty find jobs and begin to earn a wage, they face another challenge: the benefits cliff.

An Endless Search For Housing For Oregon's Working Poor

OPB | Sept. 18, 2014 midnight

In Central Oregon the rental market is especially challenging for low-income workers.

Living On The Line In Oregon's Poorest County

OPB | Sept. 17, 2014 midnight

In newly released Census figures, Oregon's poverty rate is more than 15 percent, the highest on the West Coast. Many of those people are working, but still struggling.

You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

NPR |Oct. 23, 2014 11:40 a.m.

All around the country, drivers are seeing signs that gas prices are depressed. Those drops helped hold down the latest consumer price index. But economists worry about too much of a good thing.

Netflix To Close Hillsboro Office In June 2015

OPB |Oct. 23, 2014 11:20 a.m.

Netflix has announced plans to close its Hillsboro call center next year. The company says it plans to move to Freemont, California, where the company has its corporate DVD facility.

Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

NPR |Oct. 23, 2014 5:58 a.m.

Most retailers are feeling optimistic as analysts forecast rising sales over this long shopping season. They are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.

Blumenauer Pushes For End-Of-Life Conversations Again

OPB |Oct. 22, 2014 1:07 p.m.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer is working to try to allow doctors to bill health insurance companies for end-of-life conversations.

When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

NPR |Oct. 22, 2014 8:27 a.m.

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

When Women Stopped Coding

NPR |Oct. 22, 2014 6:29 a.m.

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

NPR |Oct. 22, 2014 4:01 a.m.

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

Washington Health Insurance Companies Forced To Review Denials

OPB |Oct. 21, 2014 2:35 p.m.

Washington's insurance commissioner says all health insurance companies in the state have to review every 'denial of mental health coverage' notice they issued, over the last eight years.

Your Car Won't Start. Did You Make The Loan Payment?

NPR |Oct. 21, 2014 10:10 a.m.

Growing numbers of lenders are getting tech savvy, remotely disabling debtors' cars and tracking customer data to ensure timely payment of subprime auto loans.

Workers At McKenzie-Willamette Hospital Plan 3-Day Strike

AP |Oct. 20, 2014 7:18 a.m.

A union representative says more than 300 workers at a Springfield hospital plan a three-day walkout starting Oct. 28.

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