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Episodes: April, 2014

April 30, 2014

Debating The Water And Sewer Measure

WEDNESDAY: The measure would create a water and sewer district with an elected board not subject to city control.

What Will Become Of Wapato Jail?

WEDNESDAY: Portland Police, film crews, and others have found creative uses for Multnomah County's Wapato Jail, but it hasn't housed any inmates since it was completed 10 years ago.

April 29, 2014

Cover Oregon Postmortem With Board Chair Liz Baxter

TUESDAY: The Cover Oregon board voted to abandon the flawed state-run exchange and adopt the federal website. We'll hear why the site had to die.

Republican Primary Candidate For Senate: Jason Conger

TUESDAY: Oregon State Representative Jason Conger is vying for the chance to face off against incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley in November. 

April 28, 2014

The Race For Multnomah County Chair

MONDAY: We'll talk with the two most prominent candidates in the contest for the county's top seat.

Oregon Struggling To Help Welfare Recipients Find Work

MONDAY: A new audit by the Oregon Secretary of State's office shows the state has a poor track record when it comes to helping welfare recipients become self-sufficient.

Former Blazers Coach Jack Ramsay Dies At 89

MONDAY: Jack Ramsay died at his home in Naples, Fla. on Monday. We'll talk about his basketball legacy in Portland.

April 25, 2014

Jian Ghomeshi Dishes On Q

FRIDAY: Jian Ghomeshi, the host of CBC Radio's program Q, is in town for a special taping of their show. He joins us to talk about his story and the success of Q.

News Roundtable: April 25, 2014

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

April 24, 2014

Doug Fine On The Promise of Industrial Hemp

THURSDAY: Author Doug Fine talking about his new book, Hemp Bound, highlighting a trajectory for the crop that he says is poised to  come onto the U.S. agricultural market in a big way.

Beaverton Schools Want iPads For All Students

THURSDAY: If Beaverton's school bond measure passes in May, the district will use some of the money to get a device into the hands of every one of its students.

Judge Hears Oral Arguments In Marriage Case

THURSDAY: Attorneys for four couples seeking to overturn Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage made their arguments in court Wednesday.

Oregon's Tech Czar Recommends Cover Oregon Switch To Fed Exchange

THURSDAY: Alex Pettit, Oregon's chief information officer, says the state should drop its own insurance exchange in favor of the federal system. Cover Oregon's board decides on Friday.

April 23, 2014

New Recommendations For Cesarean Section Births

WEDNESDAY: Cesarean sections make up about a third of all births in this country — the highest rate in decades. What was your C-section like?

Trader Joe's Will Not Be Building A Store In NE Portland

WEDNESDAY: Trader Joe's has decided not to build at Northeast Alberta and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, even though Mayor Hales hoped they would.

Same-Sex Marriage Case Begins In Oregon

WEDNESDAY: A federal judge will hear oral arguments from plaintiffs challenging Oregon's constitutional definition of marriage as between "one man and one woman."

April 22, 2014

Author Tom Spanbauer Talks Teaching And Writing

TUESDAY: Author Tom Spanbauer has taught writing in Portland for more than two decades. His latest novel explores the intricacies of love and friendship.

Oregon Counties Abandon Immigration Hold Policies

MONDAY: Counties across Oregon no longer hold people in jail for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after a judge ruled such holds unconstitutional.

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, talks about the stories on her radar.

April 21, 2014

Portland's Public Alert System Falters During Emergency

MONDAY: Portland's public alert system recently failed to notify residents of a dangerous situation.

Dear Stranger Project Seeks To Connect Oregonians

MONDAY: Oregon Humanities is encouraging people to write letters introducing themselves to people they don't know, in hopes of creating an ongoing correspondence.

Southern Oregon Town Asks Federal Judge To Rule on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

MONDAY: The Cave Junction City Council voted to ask a federal court to reconcile state and federal laws on medical marijuana dispensaries.

April 18, 2014

Oregon Art Beat Celebrates 15 Years With New Exhibition

FRIDAY: The Oregon Art Beat Exhibition at the Peoples Art of Portland Gallery features work from artists who have been on the show over the past 15 years.

Portland Trail Blazers Prepare For Playoffs

FRIDAY: The Portland Trail Blazers prepare for their postseason games against the Houston Rockets. They're hoping to get past the first round for the first time in 14 years.

News Roundtable: April 18, 2014

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

April 17, 2014

Ballerina Alison Roper Prepares For Her Last Dance

THURSDAY: The Oregon Ballet Theater will honor the end of Alison Roper's dancing career by showcasing her talents in a final performance.

OSU Houses Oregon Hops And Brewing Archive

THURSDAY: Oregon State University's Oregon Hops and Brewing Archive is the first archive in the country to document the history of beer.

Oregon Appeals Court Ruling Addresses Warrantless Search Of Animals

THURSDAY: The court reversed a misdemeanor conviction for animal neglect, throwing out evidence from a veterinarian who tested a dog without a warrant.

April 16, 2014

The Choice To Birth Out-Of-Hospital

WEDNESDAY: Where did you choose to birth your child, and why?

Portland School Board Member Questions Common Core

WEDNESDAY: A retired teacher and Portland School Board member cautions the district against focusing too heavily on the new Common Core Standards.

April 15, 2014

Former Nike Director Working For More Diversity In Design

TUESDAY: Former Nike director D'Wayne Edwards wants to see more African-American designers in shoe fashion.

Northwest Clinicians Will Share Notes With Patients Online

TUESDAY: A group of nine medical care providers is the first to regionally adopt an online medical information portal.

What Did The Senate Investigation Into CIA Tactics Find?

TUESDAY: McClatchy Newspapers obtained the still-classified conclusions of a Senate investigation into the CIA's use of interrogation tactics.

April 14, 2014

Sen. Ron Wyden Takes Your Questions

MONDAY: This February, Sen. Ron Wyden took over as chair of the Senate Finance Committee. We'll hear about the new role, and take your questions.

April 11, 2014

Should Packy Stay At The Oregon Zoo?

FRIDAY: As the Oregon Zoo celebrates the 52nd birthday of Packy the elephant, an animal rights group says it's time to send him to live in an elephant sanctuary.

Is There A Future For Wave Energy In Oregon?

THURSDAY: After a high-profile wave energy pilot program was abandoned last week, is there hope for other projects to take its place?

News Roundtable: April 11, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

Advocate Jeri Williams Testifies Before U.S. Attorney General's Task Force

THURSDAY: The U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence meets next week in Florida.

Oregon Ranks Second In The Country For Government Transparency

THURSDAY: OSPIRG has released its annual report card on transparency of government spending, and Oregon ranks second.

Responding To 911 Outages In Oregon & Washington

THURSDAY: Service has been restored after a 911 outage that affected both Washington and Oregon. How did this happen?

April 9, 2014

Fighting For Transgender Housing At George Fox

WEDNESDAY: Jayce is a female-to-male transgender student at George Fox University. Should he be able to live with male friends on campus?

Going "Pro Se": Representing Yourself In Court

WEDNESDAY: A huge number of people in Oregon decide to represent themselves in court. That doesn't mean it's easy.

Oregon's Smaller Universities Push For Independence

WEDNESDAY: Western Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology are all pushing for independent governing boards.

April 8, 2014

Every Generation Is A "Me" Generation

TUESDAY: Linguist Edwin Battistella defends the use of "first-person" pronouns.

Environmental Update

TUESDAY: We'll talk with the EarthFix and OPB reporters about landslides, lawsuits against hatcheries, and a pesticide dump cover-up.

Josephine County Sheriff Asking Volunteers To Help Investigate Crime

TUESDAY: In cash-strapped Josephine County, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson is reaching out to the community to recruit volunteer crime-solvers.

April 7, 2014

UO's Win At The First NCAA Championship Game

MONDAY: The 2014 NCAA championship game takes place tonight. We'll hear about the first championship game, which the UO won in 1939.

OHSU Study Finds Inconsistencies In Clinical Trials Results

MONDAY: A recent OHSU study found that raw data from trials differs from what's reported to medical professionals.

Replacing Cover Oregon Site Cheaper Than Fixing It

MONDAY: A report prepared by a consultant to Cover Oregon shows fixing the Oregon insurance exchange is far more costly than replacing it.

Tentative Agreement Made, Strike Avoided, At PSU

MONDAY: Portland State University and its faculty reached an agreement after a year of negotiations, avoiding a strike previously scheduled for April 16th.

April 4, 2014

UO Students Win Peabody Award

FRIDAY: The first Peabody Award ever given for viral video went to two University of Oregon students.

Profiling Millennials

FRIDAY: A new report on the oft-maligned group known as millennials (sometimes called Generation Y) contradicts some popular perceptions about people aged 14 to 34.

News Roundtable: April 4, 2014

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

Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan Dies At 77

Friday: Charles Jordan was the first African-American city commissioner in Portland, and served as director of Portland Parks & Recreation for 14 years.

April 3, 2014

Live At Literary Arts With Julia Alvarez

THURSDAY: Dave Miller talks to Dominican-American author, Julia Alvarez, at Literary Arts today.

April 2, 2014

An Update On The Portland Arts Tax

WEDNESDAY: Portland residents are expected to pay a $35 per person arts tax by April 15.

New Report On Human Trafficking And Native Peoples

WEDNESDAY: A new report from Willamette Law School's International Human Rights Clinic details the little-documented problem of human trafficking involving Native Americans.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Some Limits On Campaign Contributions

WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today that will have major implications for federal campaign finance rules.

April 1, 2014

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Scott Nelson, the Oregonian's business editor, talks about the stories that are capturing his attention.

The Bridge Is Back — But Don't Call It the CRC

TUESDAY: Washington state Rep. Liz Pike wants to bring lawmakers on both sides of the Columbia River back to the table to come up with a new plan for an I-5 bridge.

The Latest On The Oso Mudslide And Mitigating Future Landslides

TUESDAY: We'll get the latest on the Oso landslide and talk with Clackamas County about the new geological maps designed to identify landslide-prone areas.

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