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News Roundtable | Exploring Roots Of Friendship In Yoncalla


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We analyze some of the biggest stories of the week with our rotating panel of news watchers. Then we meet two friends from Yoncalla who found their friendship ran deeper than they imagined.

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On The Road: Elk, Butterflies And (Carved) Bears In Southwest Oregon


We take a drive along Oregon Route 38 and meet longtime residents, a few new arrivals and some folks who were just passing through.

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Firefighters Under Fire | Your Brain On Music | Harney County Election | Immigration Lawsuit


Harney County Judge Steve Grasty survived a recall election, a class action lawsuit on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant minors moves forward, firefighters in Southern Oregon are under attack for enforcing laws, and OHSU neuroscientist explains the connections between the brain and music.

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New Police Chief | Student Debt | Mobile Home Life


Portland's new police chief joins us. We also discuss suffocating student debt loads, and hear from a resident of one of Portland's last mobile home parks.

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Minimum Wage | Police Chief Retires | Talking Business | Editorial Changes


The Portland police chief retires, minimum wage goes up, and the editor of the Oregonian's opinion page goes East. Also, we catch up on the latest business news.

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OPB | June 27, 2016

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OPB | June 24, 2016

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OPB | June 23, 2016

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