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Should Computer Coding Be Offered As A Foreign Language?

OPB | March 30, 2015

TUESDAY: Oregon lawmakers are proposing that computer coding be counted towards foreign language requirements for high school students.

Oregon State Wildfire Insurance In Jeopardy

OPB | March 30, 2015

FRIDAY: Oregon legislators worry about how to cover wildfire costs as insurance prices rise.

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Washington Legislature Considers Compacts With Tribes Over Marijuana

OPB | March 30, 2015

MONDAY: A bill before the Washington state legislature would allow the Governor to enter into agreements with Native American tribes if they choose to get involved in marijuana production, processing, or retail.

Environmental Update on Cormorants and Sea Lions

OPB | March 30, 2015

MONDAY: We'll check in with our EarthFix reporter, Cassandra Profita, about stories she's following.

What's Your Pick For Oregon's Official State Book?

OPB | March 27, 2015

FRIDAY: "Sometimes a Great Notion?" "Fight Club?" "Wild?"

News Roundtable: March 27, 2015

OPB | March 27, 2015

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Boise's Treefort Music Fest Includes Many Portland Bands

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: Boise's Treefort Music Fest, now in its fourth year, kicked off this week.  

Reducing Solitary Confinement In Oregon

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: The Vera Institute of Justice is bringing their Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) initiative program to Oregon.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years after he disappeared from his Army post in Afghanistan, is being charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Oregon Locals Aid Eastern Ukraine

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: Local volunteer groups take the lead in helping Ukrainians in crisis.

On The Police Beat In N/NE Portland

OPB | March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY: We spend the hour in the patrol car of Officer Jason Jones, and hear about the day-to-day duties of a police officer.

Tea Maker Steven Smith Dies

OPB | March 24, 2015

Portland tea entrepreneur Steven Smith died at the age of 65.

Schools Won't Be Evaluated By Student Test Scores If Bill Passes

OPB | March 24, 2015

A bill that would temporarily prohibit standardized test results from being used to evaluate schools passed the Oregon House last week and now moves to the Senate.

Talking Business

OPB | March 24, 2015

TUESDAY: Scott Nelson, business editor for The Oregonian, joins us for our regular business news update.

Documentary Focuses On Vaccines

OPB | March 23, 2015

MONDAY: Producer Jon Palfreman's documentary "The Vaccine War" dives into the controversial discussion around vaccinating children.

Sage Grouse Conservation Agreements In Oregon

OPB | March 23, 2015

MONDAY: Some landowners are voluntarily signing up to conserve habitat for sage grouse.

Returning World War II Combat Souvenirs

OPB | March 23, 2015

FRIDAY: OBON 2015 is attempting to return flags taken from dead Japanese soldiers in WWII to the descendents of those soldiers.

Jane Hirshfield On The Uncertainty Of Poetry

OPB | March 20, 2015

FRIDAY: Poet Jane Hirshfield discusses her new books: "The Beauty," and "Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World."

News Roundtable: March 20, 2015

OPB | March 20, 2015

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

REBROADCAST: The Wrecking Crew

OPB | March 19, 2015

THURSDAY: The Wrecking Crew was a group of musicians in the 1960s and '70s that played on some of the biggest hits of the era, but remain relatively unknown.

Questioning The Effect Of Cheerleaders On Campus Culture

OPB | March 19, 2015

THURSDAY: University of Oregon trustee Ginevra Ralph has asked whether the "overt sexuality" of cheerleading routines contributes to a "rape culture" on campus.

Legislation Aims To Help Dyslexic Kids

OPB | March 19, 2015

THURSDAY: An advocacy group is pushing for legislation that would require dyslexia screening for young children and more training for teachers on how to engage kids who are dyslexic. 

At Home In The Bull Run Watershed

OPB | March 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY: In the latest installment of our "At Home" series, Lead Watershed Ranger Dan Weidinger and his wife Sacha Snyder talk about living inside the 147-square mile Bull Run Watershed.

Legislative Hearing Asks Whether Minority Hiring Law Needs More Teeth

OPB | March 18, 2015

MONDAY: The 'Rooney Rule' requires public universities in Oregon to interview at least one minority candidate when hiring for coaching positions. Some advocates think think the state needs to monitor compliance.

New Oregon Secretary Of State Outlines Priorities

OPB | March 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY: Implementing the state's new 'motor voter' bill is at the top of her list.

New Washington Casino Expected To Impact Oregon's Bottom Line

OPB | March 17, 2015

TUESDAY: The new Cowlitz mega-casino is expect to have a big impact on Oregon gaming revenue.

Artists Rep Shows 'The Invisible Hand'

OPB | March 17, 2015

TUESDAY: The play running at Artists Repertory Theatre is about a futures trader bartering for his life after getting kidnapped in Pakistan.

What's Happening At The Port Of Portland?

OPB | March 17, 2015

TUESDAY: The company that operates the container terminal at the Port of Portland, ICSTI, is looking to replace it's largest shipping carrier amid continued disagreements with the labor union.

Should Oregon Adopt "Right To Try"?

OPB | March 16, 2015

MONDAY: A proposed bill in the Oregon legislature would allow terminally ill patients in Oregon to try drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.

Indian Justice Systems Begin To Prosecute Non-Indian Abusers

OPB | March 16, 2015

FRIDAY: Certain tribes will be able to prosecute non-native domestic abusers if they attack members of a tribe on Indian land.

Beavers Provide Free Labor To Build Salmon Habitat

OPB | March 16, 2015

TUESDAY: Not all dams are bad for salmon.

Mountain Bikers Protest At City Park

OPB | March 16, 2015

MONDAY: Mountain bikers say the city has unfairly banned them from riding at River View Natural Area in Portland.

Life As A Driver

OPB | March 13, 2015

FRIDAY: A Portland cab driver and an Uber driver discuss their experiences in the transportation industry.

News Roundtable: March 13, 2015

OPB | March 13, 2015

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Represented: Addressing Child Sex Trafficking In Oregon

OPB | March 12, 2015

In this second installment of our new series "Represented," we'll examine bills to curb child sex trafficking in the state. We're in the The Dalles, the home of the bills' sponsor, Republican representative John Huffman.

Portland Mayor Wants To Overhaul Urban Renewal Approach

OPB | March 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hoping to pass a proposal this week that would change the city's approach to several urban renewal areas.

Juniper: It's Not Just For Gin Anymore

OPB | March 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY: Several bills before the Oregon Legislature would provide assistance for Eastern Oregon juniper harvesting.

Is ZoomCare Changing The Way Health Care Is Delivered?

OPB | March 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY: ZoomCare is revolutionized the marketplace for on-demand healthcare. 

Mitchell Jackson's "Residue Years" is 2015 Everybody Reads Book

OPB | March 10, 2015

TUESDAY: The semi-autobiographical debut novel recalls a northeast Portland damaged by drugs and the drug war.

Will The Clock Run Out For Daylight Saving Time?

OPB | March 10, 2015

TUESDAY: Two lawmakers have proposed abolishing daylight saving time in Oregon.

Former UO President, Former Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer Dies

OPB | March 10, 2015

TUESDAY: Former University of Oregon president and former state attorney general Dave Frohnmayer died Monday in Eugene. He was 74.

Environmental Update On Orcas, Suction Dredging, And Carbon

OPB | March 09, 2015

MONDAY: We'll hear from our EarthFix reporters about the latest efforts to transport oil and gas through the Pacific Northwest, putting a price on carbon, suction dredging, and new orca research.

Making The Cost Of Medical Procedures More Transparent

OPB | March 09, 2015

MONDAY: Two bills in the Oregon legislature could require hospitals and clinics to post the costs of medical procedures.

Are Financial Burdens Hindering Future Farmers?

OPB | March 09, 2015

MONDAY: Financing farmland in Oregon can be a very tricky affair.

Statue Of Chief Joseph May Represent Oregon In U.S. Capitol

OPB | March 06, 2015

FRIDAY: Chief Joseph — along with Abigail Scott Duniway — may replace the statues of Jason Lee and John McLoughlin in D.C.

Oregon Lawmaker Introduces Impeachment Process

OPB | March 06, 2015

FRIDAY: Oregon is the only state where the governor can't be impeached. Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem) wants to change that.

News Roundtable: March 6, 2015

OPB | March 06, 2015

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Norwegian Radio Enthusiast Picks Up OPB Signal

OPB | March 05, 2015

THURSDAY: We talk to a Norwegian radio enthusiast who collects AM radio signals.

Snow Dragon Cave On Mt. Hood Collapses

OPB | March 05, 2015

THURSDAY: A glacier cave on Mt. Hood recently collapsed and is no longer stable enough for exploration.

Abigail Scott Duniway May Represent Oregon In The U.S. Capitol

OPB | March 05, 2015

THURSDAY: Duniway — along with Chief Joseph — may replace the statues of Jason Lee and John McLoughlin in D.C.

'Daughters Of Hanford' Explores Little Told Stories

OPB | March 05, 2015

THURSDAY: Richland-based reporter Anna King tells us about her new collaborative series profiling women connected with the history of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Bring Change To Trade

OPB | March 04, 2015

WEDNESDAY: How would Oregon be affected by the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Farming Internships Are Creating The Next Generation Of Farmers

OPB | March 04, 2015

WEDNESDAY: With the average age of farmers nearing 60, farming internships are aiming to revitalize the industry with a younger generation.

City Of McMinnville Orders Homeless Camp To Disband

OPB | March 04, 2015

WEDNESDAY: The camp, run by the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries, has until March 31 to disband.

Talking Business

OPB | March 03, 2015

TUESDAY: Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.

Washington Lawmakers At The Halfway Point

OPB | March 03, 2015

TUESDAY: We'll talk with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the machinations inside the Washington capitol.

Fatal Shooting In N Portland Continues Violent Winter

OPB | March 03, 2015

TUESDAY: A 29-year-old man was shot and killed in Portland yesterday. It's the latest shooting in a season that has already seen an unusually high number of violent incidents.

Catching Up With Cover Oregon

OPB | March 03, 2015

TUESDAY: Lawmakers voted recently to dissolve Cover Oregon, but lawsuits over the state's failed health insurance exchange drag on.

Are Birds And Bees Affected By Warmer Weather?

OPB | March 02, 2015

MONDAY: We'll find out if the spring-like warm weather is throwing off local wildlife.

Death With Dignity Proponent Faces Own Illness

OPB | March 02, 2015

MONDAY: Former oncologist and palliative care doctor Peter Rassmussen, who pushed for death with dignity laws in Oregon and Canada, now faces a terminal illness.

New Leadership For The Oregon GOP

OPB | March 02, 2015

MONDAY: Republican leaders have chosen Bill Currier as the new chair for the state party.


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