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Episodes: July, 2014

July 31, 2014

The Economics Of Legalized Marijuana

THURSDAY: We'll dig into projections for what pot would cost — and how much revenue the state would get from taxing it — if it becomes legal in Oregon.

Eugene Writes Carbon Reduction Into Law

THURSDAY: The Eugene city council passed an ordinance this week that requires concrete plans to meet the city's carbon reduction goals.

News Roundtable: July 31, 2014

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

July 30, 2014

Environmental Update On Bees And Trees

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with EarthFix reporters about banning bee-harming pesticides, a new controversial logging method, and more.

Portland's 20-Year Growth Plan

WEDNESDAY: What will the Metro area look like in 20 years?

Oregon Considers Smoking Ban On Coastal Beaches

WEDNESDAY: We'll learn more about the Oregon Parks Department's proposal to ban smoking on beaches along the coast.

July 29, 2014

The Backstory On The Bosnian War Criminal Arrested In Beaverton

TUESDAY: The first woman convicted of Bosnian war crimes was arrested in Beaverton in 2011.

Clemency Offers Little Relief For Washington's Prison System

TUESDAY: As the prison population continues to grow, and older inmates put stress on the system, clemency is a narrow avenue for relief.

County Vs City Laws

TUESDAY: Gun laws and a proposed sick leave ordinance have caused tension between counties and cities in Oregon.

July 28, 2014

Why Hasn't Uber Come To Portland?

MONDAY: We'll look into why Uber's car-sharing service is available in more than 100 cities across the world -- but not in Portland.

New Proposal For Accessing Online Accounts After Death

MONDAY: A plan endorsed by a national advisory commission would give authorized representatives access to online accounts of people who have died.

July 25, 2014

Archaeologist Uncovers Part Of Oregon History

FRIDAY: We'll explore some Oregon history with Ashland-based archaeologist, Chelsea Rose.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's New Lyndon Johnson Play

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's The Great Society tells the story of the metastasizing war in Vietnam that largely derailed Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious domestic agenda.

July 24, 2014

How We Became Bicoastal

THURSDAY: We listen back to Dave's interview with Peter Stark about the adventure-filled story of John Jacob Astor's audacious but doomed plan to create a commercial fur empire in the northwest.

News Roundtable: July 24, 2014

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

July 23, 2014

Severe Drought Affects Southeastern Oregon

WEDNESDAY: As the water supply in the Owyhee Valley dries up, the drought's effects will have repercussions throughout the state.

Bumps In The Road To Health Care Transformation

WEDNESDAY: Mental health treatment is a point of contention between Multnomah County and the CCO that serves Oregon's three most populous counties.

Conflicting Court Rulings On Federal Health Care Subsidies

TUESDAY: Two appeals courts were divided on the issue of whether states that had not set up their own health care exchanges can receive federal subsidies.

July 22, 2014

Oregon Sues 5-Hour Energy For False Advertising

TUESDAY: Oregon's attorney general filed a lawsuit against 5-hour Energy for making false claims about its product.

The Oregon Children's Theater Explores Bullying

TUESDAY: For the last two years, the Oregon Children's Theater has encourages young people to write plays about bullies and bullying.

Responses To Gang Violence: 11:45

TUESDAY: We start our occasional series profiling different responses to gang violence around the state with a look at a faith-based mentorship program called 11:45.

July 21, 2014

"Bullycide," Honoring Bullied Gay Teens, Gets Northwest Premiere

MONDAY: David Del Tredici's piano sextet Bullycide, which honors young gay men who have taken their own lives, will get its Northwest premiere in Portland at the Chamber Music Northwest Festival.

Former Governor Vic Atiyeh Dies at 91

MONDAY: Vic Atiyeh, the last Republican governor of Oregon, has passed away at age 91.

July 18, 2014

Pikas In The Gorge Help Scientists Study Climate Change

FRIDAY: These rabbit-related animals are an indicator species and a recent study of pikas in the Columbia River Gorge could help track climate change in the region.

Why Is David Wu Still On Capitol Hill?

FRIDAY: According to BuzzFeed, former Oregon Congressman David Wu is still spotted regularly in Washington three years after he resigned in disgrace.

Kitzhaber And Richardson Face Off In First Gubernatorial Debate

FRIDAY: Democratic incumbent Governor John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger State Representative Dennis Richardson had their first debate on Friday morning.

News Roundtable: July 18, 2014

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

July 17, 2014

Are Smart Phones Changing Professional Photography?

THURSDAY: Corvallis-based professional photographer Kat Sloma recently ditched her traditional camera in favor of an iPhone.

More Food Carts On The Way In Salem And Possibly Vancouver

THURSDAY: We'll learn more about efforts to regulate food carts in Salem and Vancouver, and what that will mean for businesses and consumers.

Oregon Businesses Call For Action On Climate Change

THURSDAY: More than 70 Oregon businesses are calling for the state to take action on climate change.

July 16, 2014

Documenting The Dwindling Number Of Lesbian Spaces

WEDNESDAY: We'll learn about the decline in the number of spaces specifically for lesbians in Portland — and around the country — and different community responses to it.

New Signs Provide Real-Time Traffic Info

WEDNESDAY: The Oregon Department of Transportation has rolled out some new digital signs with travel time estimates and speed advisories.

George Fox Transgender Student Will Appeal Ruling

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with Jayce, a transgender student at George Fox University, who was denied permission to live on campus with other men.

July 15, 2014

Checking In On Northwest Wildfires

TUESDAY: We'll talk with EarthFix reporter Devan Schwartz and Robin DeMario from the Northwest Coordination Center about wildfires in the Northwest.

Talking Business

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

Oregon Is Not Meeting Its Minority Teacher Goals

TUESDAY: A new report says Oregon is not on track to meet its goal of increasing the number of minority teachers.

July 14, 2014

Controversy Surrounds Portland Arrival Of Good News Club

MONDAY: The arrival in Portland of a Christian youth program called the Good News Club has met with opposition.

Responding To Summer Gang Violence

MONDAY: Two members of Portland's Gang Violence Task Force discuss how officers are responding to the recent spate of gang-related shootings and their broader approach to combat youth violence.

July 11, 2014

Preventing Drownings In The Northwest

FRIDAY: After several drownings in the Northwest, we'll talk about why they're happening and what can be done to prevent them.

Portland Campaign Aims To "Ban The Box"

FRIDAY: We'll talk about a Portland initiative to remove the question about criminal convictions from job and housing applications.

News Roundtable: July 11, 2014

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

July 10, 2014

Mountain Lions And Cougars And Pumas, Oh My!

THURSDAY: We'll find out more about these large cats and why they seem to be showing up more frequently in urban and suburban area.

The Minor League Team That Took Portland By Storm

THURSDAY: We'll discuss The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a film that tracks the history of the Portland Mavericks, a former minor league team.

Taking Stock Of Gang Activity In Multnomah County

THURSDAY: The Multnomah County Comprehensive Gang Assessment compiles data and anecdotal information about gang activity and prevention efforts.

July 9, 2014

Marijuana Retail Stores Open Across Washington

WEDNESDAY: We're live from Vancouver's first recreational marijuana store, Main Street Marijuana, which opens for business today.

July 8, 2014

Oregon State Agencies To Share Data On At-Risk Kids

TUESDAY: We'll learn more about a new initiative that will pool data among to identify risk factors for kids in Oregon's juvenile justice system.

Curry County Sheriff Resigns

TUESDAY: We'll discuss the resignation of Curry County Sheriff John Bishop.

New Law Helps Adoptees Access Records

TUESDAY: A new change in Washington's adoption law will affect how thousands of adoptees find out their histories.

July 7, 2014

Oregon State Hospital Honors Thousands in Cremains Memorial

MONDAY: We'll talk about the opening of a memorial that honors the remains of thousands of unclaimed patients found on the grounds of Oregon State Hospital.

New EarthFix Poll Shows Oregonians' Views on the Environment and Guns

MONDAY: We'll hear from EarthFix editor Dave Steves and John Horvick of DHM Research about the new environmental poll commissioned by EarthFix.

Evaluating The Use And Future Of U.S. Drones

MONDAY: We'll talk to the co-author of the recently released report on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more commonly known as drones.

July 4, 2014

Rebroadcast: Julia Alvarez At Literary Arts

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

July 3, 2014

What Will Supreme Court Decision Mean For Oregon Home Health Workers?

THURSDAY: We'll hear from SEIU Local 503 executive director Heather Conroy on the implications of Monday's Supreme Court decision on union dues.

Washington Initiative Campaigns Turn In Signatures

THURSDAY: Today is the deadline for initiative campaigns in Washington to turn in signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

News Roundtable: July 3, 2014

THURSDAY: In this special edition of the news roundtable, we'll review some of the biggest news stories of the week and discuss the measures could end up on your November ballot.

July 2, 2014

Medicare May Penalize Oregon Hospitals For Patient Injuries

WEDNESDAY: We'll learn more about Medicare's plan to penalize hospitals for high patient injury and infection rates.

New Medical Malpractice Mediation System Now Underway

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear from OPB's reporter Kristian Foden-Vencil about the compromise negotiated by Governor John Kitzhaber to help reduce medical malpractice lawsuits.

Should Public Employees Be Able To Opt Out Of Union Dues?

WEDNESDAY: We'll find out what Monday's Supreme Court decision on union dues will mean for an ongoing debate in Oregon.

Environmental Update On BNSF Railway Investigation

WEDNESDAY: Members of our EarthFix team tell us about their new investigative report into trains carrying oil through Washington.

July 1, 2014

Schools Fail To Comply With Safety Drill Law

TUESDAY: What are the consequences for Oregon schools that are not practicing state mandated safety drills?

Portland Poised To Regulate Short-Term Rentals

TUESDAY: Portland could become one of the first major cities to create a legal framework for people who want to rent out rooms in their homes on a short-term basis.

Senator Ron Wyden Attacks Warrantless Searches

TUESDAY: Senator Wyden is unhappy with the new information the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provided about warrantless searches.

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