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Episodes: February, 2014

February 28, 2014

Making Oscar Predictions

FRIDAY: The 86th Academy Awards are Sunday. Which movies, actors, and actresses are you hoping will win?

Oregon Lawyers Divided Over Proposed Changes To Class Action Payments

FRIDAY: Democratic lawmakers want to redirect unclaimed money from class action lawsuits to help fund legal aid for people who can't afford to hire a lawyer.

News Roundtable: February 28, 2014

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

February 27, 2014

Environmental Update

THURSDAY: We've got a round-up of some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.

Gang Of Four's Dave Allen Is Rethinking The Music Industry

THURSDAY: Dave Allen wants to help create a new, more robust music industry, and he thinks its possible through new streaming service Beats Music.

How Some States Are Boosting Vaccination Rates

THURSDAY: Oregon's new law to make it harder for parents to opt out of their children's vaccinations goes into effect March 1. We'll ask how laws like these are faring in other states.

February 26, 2014

Legislative Compromise On Urban And Rural Reserves

WEDNESDAY: Oregon lawmakers have negotiated a compromise for a key piece of the growth plan in the Portland-metro area.

What's On The Docket For Oregon's New CIO?

WEDNESDAY: Alex Pettit started as the state's chief information officer on Jan. 6. He's in charge of overseeing all of the IT projects in the state, including Cover Oregon.

Legislative Session Enters The Home Stretch

WEDNESDAY: Oregon lawmakers must wrap up the 2014 legislative session by March 9, but many are hoping to finish up before that deadline.

February 25, 2014

Girl Going To Mexico To Live With Felon Father Raises Questions

TUESDAY: A six-year-old American citizen is being sent to live with her father in Mexico who has a history of violence.

Justin Hocking's Memoir Is About Surfing, Melville, And More

TUESDAY: In his memoir The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Portland author Justin Hocking writes about surfing in New York City, his own obsession with Moby Dick, and more.

Are Defendants Paying Too Much In Court Fees?

TUESDAY: Defendants found guilty in criminal cases in Clark County, Washington are paying far more in court fees than their peers around the state.

February 24, 2014

The Portland Jazz Festival Enters Its Second Decade

MONDAY: We'll get the scoop from KMHD's Matt Fleeger about the hottest acts at the Portland Jazz Festival.

Assessing Kindergarteners

MONDAY: A new assessment for students entering kindergarten has some state leaders concerned about results, and some critics questioning the content and method of the test itself.

February 21, 2014

Poet Nikki Giovanni On "Chasing Utopia"

FRIDAY: Celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni's latest collection, Chasing Utopia, blends poetry and prose to tells stories that are both personal and political.

News Roundtable: February 21, 2014

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

Marriage Equality Ballot Measure Campaign On Hold

FRIDAY: A campaign to challenge Oregon's law barring same-sex couples from marrying is on hold while supporters wait to see if the courts will overturn it.

February 20, 2014

Wage Theft In Restaurant and Construction Industries

THURSDAY: 871 wage theft claims were filed in Oregon between July 2012 and June 2013, with a disproportionate number from the restaurant and construction industries.

Oregon AG Won't Defend Law Barring Same-Sex Marriage

THURSDAY: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced she won't defend the state's law barring same-sex marriage.

Study Suggests Some Oregon College Students Are Food Insecure

THURSDAY: A new study suggests that many Western Oregon University students are suffering from a lack of access to an adequate supply of healthy food.

February 19, 2014

Talking Business

WEDNESDAY: In our regular business update, we'll discuss Olympics sponsorships, the minimum wage, and the Port of Portland's effort to keep Hanjin's business.

Backcountry Skiers On The Lookout For Avalanche Danger

WEDNESDAY: A recent spike in avalanche deaths in Western states highlights the risk for backcountry skiers.

Putting The PPS Dispute In Context

WEDNESDAY: With a Portland Public School teacher strike averted, we'll get analysis of the deal and how it fits into other labor conflicts around the region and the country.

February 18, 2014

Chris Ware's Ambitious Approach To Building Stories

TUESDAY: We'll talk to graphic novelist Chris Ware at Literary Arts. A limited number of tickets are available.

February 17, 2014

Drought And Floods Threaten Oregon

MONDAY: It may seem counterintuitive, but Oregonians are on the lookout for flooding, even as the Governor declares a drought emergency in four counties. 

Washington Hospital Association Sues State Over New Rules

MONDAY: The Washington State Hospital Association says new rules that govern hospital mergers go too far.

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Talks PERS And More

MONDAY: Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is pushing a bill that he says will save the state billions on its public pension system over the next 20 years.

February 14, 2014

Medford Teacher Strike Continues

FRIDAY: We'll find out how people in Medford are handling the teacher strike, as it enters its second week.

News Roundtable: February 14, 2014

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

February 13, 2014

Oregon-Led Bridge Plan Gets A Hearing In Salem

THURSDAY: Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal to build a new bridge across the Columbia River without funding from Washington state.

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Legalized Marijauna

THURSDAY: Lawmakers heard testimony this week on a bill that would create a regulatory framework for legalized marijuana and put the subject to a state-wide vote.

Exploring The Revenue Forecast And The State Budget

THURSDAY: The latest economic forecast shows more money for Portland schools, but not the overall funding boost lawmakers were hoping for.

February 12, 2014

OHSU Explains 10 Accidental Primate Deaths

WEDNESDAY: Oregon Health and Science University is taking heat from a national animal rights group for four incidents that resulted in the deaths of research primates.

How Are Parents Preparing For A Possible Teacher Strike?

If Portland Public Schools teachers strike, parents will have to decide whether to cross the picket line or find another place for their kids to go.

February 11, 2014

Measure To Create Water And Sewer Board Makes The Ballot

TUESDAY: Portland voters will decide in May whether or not to transfer power from city water and sewer bureaus to an independent board.

Audit Finds Problems In Office Of Emergency Management

TUESDAY: An audit released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office suggests that the state's Office of Emergency Management faces internal challenges that could hamper disaster response.

February 10, 2014

How To Survive As An All Ages Music Venue

MONDAY: The recent closure of the Backspace coffee shop and all-ages venue, in Northwest Portland, points to a bigger question: how can clubs allow access to underage patrons while staying financially viable?

Finding A Place For Right 2 Dream Too

MONDAY: We'll find out what the deal brokered by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz means for the homeless campers at R2D2 — and for the thousands of other Portlanders without homes.

City Responds To Portland's Snow Days

MONDAY: We'll talk with the head of Emergency Management for the City of Portland about how the weekend went and what to expect.

February 7, 2014

News Roundtable: February 7, 2014

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

What Should Be Done With Oregon's Wild Horses?

FRIDAY: Wild horses in captivity now outnumber those in the wild — and they cost the Bureau of Land Management $46 Million per year.

February 6, 2014

Teacher Strike In Medford, Possibly Portland

THURSDAY: Portland teachers vote whether or not to approve a strike Wednesday night, while Medford schools could see a teacher strike Thursday.

Oregon Lawmakers Hit The Ground Running

THURSDAY: The legislature has 35 days to tackle a wide range of issues. What is at the top of the agenda for leaders in both parties?

February 5, 2014

Carrie Brownstein On Portlandia, Music & More

WEDNESDAY: The co-creator, writer, and star of Portlandia gives us a sneak peek at the upcoming season.

Oregonians Help U.S. Ski Team Race For Gold

WEDNESDAY: Two Oregonians — Laurenne Ross and Jacqueline Wiles — are on the team of nine women on the U.S. Alpine ski team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

What's Next For The Portland Development Commission?

WEDNESDAY: We'll find out how the PDC is moving forward and responding to some members of Portland's African-American community after Trader Joe's dropped out of a proposed development.

February 4, 2014

Checking Up On Oregon's CCOs

MONDAY: Oregon has another three and a half years to reduce the growth in health care costs by two percent through Coordinated Care Organizations.

Oregon's Abortion Rate Dropping

TUESDAY: A national study shows falling rates of abortion across the country. Oregon's rate has also dropped significantly.

Proposed Law Seeks To Ban "Murderabilia"

TUESDAY: A movement in Congress hopes to bar serial killers and other infamous criminals from profiting from the sale of personal artifacts.

February 3, 2014

Trader Joe's Withdraws From Northeast Portland

MONDAY: Trader Joe's announced this morning that it is halting development plans for its store in Northeast Portland.

Why Are Thousands Of Starfish Dying?

MONDAY: The mysterious disease that affects these iconic sea creatures has been dubbed "sea star wasting syndrome."

PSU Labor Negotiations Heat Up

MONDAY: Faculty and administration at Portland State University are in the midst of a protracted labor dispute that could culminate in a strike.

Oregon Legislature Kicks Off 2014 Session

MONDAY: Lawmakers begin a short session in which they hope to address guns, marijuana, the 1-5 bridge, and plenty more.

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