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Rebranding Eastern Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 31, 2015

Pendleton and Hermiston are trying on new brands in an effort to lure fresh faces. 

Rebuilding A Forest After The Burn

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 31, 2015

The National Forest Service is already planning restoration projects after fires char Eastern Oregon.

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Lloyd Center Gets Makeover, New Boss

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 31, 2015

Portland's 55-year-old iconic mall will see massive renovations under the leadership of its new general manager, Bob Dye.

News Roundtable: August 28, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 28, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

150 Years Of The Oregon State Fair

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 28, 2015

The  Oregon State Fair runs through Labor Day, September 7.  We broadcast live on the first day of the fair and talked to all kinds of participants — from the 4H exhibits to the table decorators, the paper artists, poets and sword swallowers.

At Home With Recovery

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 27, 2015

A new installment of our "At Home" series features three women living in a communally run home for people dealing with drug and alcohol recovery.

What Portland's Affordable Housing 'Preference Policy' May Look Like

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 21, 2015

The city has announced its first housing project built using some of the $20 million in affordable housing money allocated after Trader Joe's pulled out of a development deal in 2014.

The Kicker Kicks

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 26, 2015

For the first time since 2007, Oregonians will receive a kicker. This time it will come in the form of a tax credit on 2015 tax returns.

High School Behind Bars

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 26, 2015

Three Lakes High School operates within the only correctional facility for girls in the state.

Composer To Create Music Inspired By Crater Lake

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 26, 2015

The Britt Music and Arts Festival has commissioned composer Michael Gordon to create a piece of music evoking Oregon's iconic national park.

There And Back Again: New Orleans Refugees Share A Story Of Recovery

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 26, 2015

Jonathan and Tanya Scott set up shop in Portland after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their community in 2005. Now, they're back in New Orleans.

The Road That Built Portland

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 25, 2015

A road-widening project in Beaverton recently unearthed a big chunk of Portland history.

What's Next For Education Reform In Oregon?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 25, 2015

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that the state's chief education officer, Nancy Golden, is retiring.

Investigative Reporter Turns Critical Eye To Oregon's For-Profit Colleges

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 25, 2015

Portland Tribune reporter Peter Korn looks into aggressive recruitment of low-income students and other questionable practices at for-profit colleges.

Lake Oswego Police Blotter Goes Paperback

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 25, 2015

There's "No Call Too Small" for the Lake Oswego Police Department.

Rosa Parks Elementary Enters Year 2 Of Year-Round Pilot Program

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 24, 2015

Administrators hope that a year-round calendar will boost students' academic performance by keeping them engaged throughout the year.

Environmental Update: Mushrooms And Bees

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 24, 2015

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

What Happens When Wildfires Return?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 24, 2015

The Carlton Complex fire ripped through Okanogan County last year. The same area is currently battling fires again.

Plans Unveiled For Northeast Portland Affordable Housing Development

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 21, 2015

City officials announced plans for vacant lots in Northeast Portland, including the site of a previously proposed Trader Joe's development.

News Roundtable: Aug. 21, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 21, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

Washington Wildfires Prove Deadly

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 20, 2015

Several of the nation's largest wildfires continue to burn across the region.

Washington's Go-To Guy For Rules On Legal Pot Is Stepping Down

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 21, 2015

Randy Simmons is leaving his job at the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board after spearheading the state's rule-making process for recreational marijuana.

MusicfestNW Returns To Waterfront Park

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 20, 2015

This year, Willamette Week's annual music festival features 22 bands with a mix of local and national acts.

Toxic Algae Bloom Off Coast Is Vast

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 20, 2015

Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have surveyed a toxic algae bloom off the West Coast and have found it to be larger, deeper and more dense than previously imagined.

How Will A Third Major Party Affect Oregon Politics?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 19, 2015

The Independent Party of Oregon was just certified as the state's third major party, joining the Democratic and Republican parties. What does this mean for Oregon?

Trauma And 'Blood Memory'

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 19, 2015

Can trauma be inherited? New research suggests that suffering continues to manifest across generations.

Kids Inundate Matt Dishman Community Center

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 18, 2015

Thousands of kids took advantage of Mayor Charlie Hales's free summer passes program at the Matt Dishman and East Portland community centers.

Talking Business

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 18, 2015

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

Wildfire Update

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 17, 2015

Several of the nation's largest wildfires continue to burn across the region.

Setting Fishing Limits

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 17, 2015

Local scientists work to make ecosystem-based fisheries management a reality.

Young People Sue Obama Over Climate Change

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 17, 2015

Eleven young Oregonians are part of a climate change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration, charging that failure to act to prevent catastrophic climate change violates their rights.

Looking For Ancient Humans On Oregon's 'Lost Coast'

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 19, 2015

Could the key to understanding North America's earliest inhabitants lie off of the Oregon coast?

News Roundtable: August 14, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 14, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

Central Oregon School Opening With Five Students

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 18, 2015

The school in Brothers, Oregon, will reopen after a decade with one teacher and at least five students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.

National Republican Group Targets Oregon Elections

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 13, 2015

The Republican State Leadership Committee has targeted Oregon's legislative races in the next election cycle.

Beetles Invade Portland Neighborhood

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 13, 2015

Beetles that were released by the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a biological control agent have spread into the neighborhood beyond.

Turn Of The Century 'Rockhound' & Vaudeville Dancer Lives On In Bend

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 13, 2015

As a woman in the American West, Kathleen Rockwell broke all the rules. 

Veterans In School

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 12, 2015

How are Oregon returning veterans using the GI bill to go to school?

Lawsuit Filed By Pregnant Professor Against Christian University

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 12, 2015

A former assistant professor at Northwest Christian University says she was fired after she told her supervisor she was pregnant out of wedlock.

Do Firearms Belong In Emergency Preparedness Kits?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 14, 2015

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Author Karen Piper Shines A Light On "The Price Of Thirst"

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 11, 2015

Who owns our water? Karen Piper spent seven years investigating the causes and implications of water privatization worldwide. 

Brandon Mayfield Recalls His Wrongful Arrest In A New Book

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 11, 2015

Portland lawyer Brandon Mayfield was wrongfully arrested in 2004 for involvement in the Madrid, Spain, train bombings. Now he says his story serves as a cautionary tale about the erosion of civil liberties.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway To Buy Portland-Based Precision Castparts

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 10, 2015

In its biggest acquisition to date, Berkshire Hathaway is buying Portland-based Precision Castparts for $37.2 billion.

Firefighting Costs Cast Shadow Over Forest Service Budget

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 10, 2015

As firefighting costs have risen to more than half the Forest Service budget over the last 20 years, we talk to the Pacific Northwest's regional forest manager about what that means for restoration and more.

Oregon Umpire Headed To Little League World Series

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 13, 2015

Jamie Sims has been umpiring local Little League games for over a decade. Now, he's headed to the big show in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Does Terrorism Work?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 10, 2015

A professor attempts to quantify the relative effectiveness of terrorism as a strategy.

Who's On Algae Duty?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 11, 2015

Blue-green algae blooms are a growing problem on the Willamette River - but who's in charge of keeping them under control?

News Roundtable: Aug. 7, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 7, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

'Ashley's War' Tells Story of Combat, Heroism, Women

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 7, 2015

We talk to Gayle Tzemach Lemmon about her new book that chronicles "the untold story of a team of women soldiers on the Special Ops battlefield."

Oregon's Farm To School Funding Expanded

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 6, 2015

The legislature nearly quadrupled the amount of money available for schools to buy locally grown and processed food this year.

REBROADCAST: Returning World War II Combat Souvenirs

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 6, 2015

Earlier this week OBON 2015 returned several flags taken from dead Japanese soldiers in WWII to the descendents of those soldiers.

UO Settles Lawsuit From Alleged Rape Victim

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 5, 2015

The University of Oregon has settled the lawsuit brought by a student who alleged she was raped by three college basketball players.

To Water Or Not To Water?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 5, 2015

Do you water your lawn in the dry summer months? Do your neighbors?

Warm Springs Youth Council Attends White House Gathering

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 5, 2015

The newly formed Warms Springs Youth Council brought back lessons and inspiration from their trip to Washington, D.C. this summer.

Is Portland Arts Funding Out Of The Woods?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 4, 2015

The recession hit the Portland art scene hard. How are arts organizations doing now?

From Lake Oswego High School To Fox Sports

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 4, 2015

John Strong went from announcing football games at Lake Oswego High School to being the lead play by play announcers for Major League Soccer.

The Climate Action Plan And Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 4, 2015

New rules announced yesterday by President Obama require reductions of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030.

Environmental Update: Dying Fish And Arctic Drilling

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 3, 2015

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

Could This University Of Oregon Professor Restore Vision To The Blind?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 3, 2015

University of Oregon professor Richard Taylor and his collaborator Simon Brown recently patented a new technology that could restore vision to the blind - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

Seeking Solutions To Oregon's Shipping Crisis

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 3, 2015

All major container shipping companies have left the Port of Portland. That means imports and exports must now go through other ports. State agencies are hosting workshops to brainstorm new ways to keep trade alive in Oregon.

Portland's Own Scrabble Champion

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 6, 2015

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard, a Portlander, took home last year's National Scrabble Championship. We check in to see how he fared in this year's contest.


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