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Should The State Keep The Kicker?

OPB | May 22, 2015

Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) wants "kicker" money to be redirected to education and the rainy day fund, instead of going back to tax payers.

Polk County Sheriff Relieved After Public Safety Vote

OPB | May 21, 2015

We talk to Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe about what the county's public safety levy — passed this week — will mean for his department and the community.

Medical And Recreational Marijuana Regulations

OPB | May 21, 2015

Oregon lawmakers are considering changes to the state's medical marijuana system while also working out new regulations for legal, recreational pot.

Josephine County Rejects Safety Levy

OPB | May 20, 2015

For the fourth time since 2012, Josephine County voters turned down a measure to increase funding to their sheriff's department.

Politics Get Complicated Over Oregon Transportation Funding

OPB | May 18, 2015

The end of the legislative session is not far off, but Oregon lawmakers are struggling to find common ground on funding transportation infrastructure.

Lawmakers Reach A Stalemate Over Pot Rules

OPB | May 13, 2015

Oregon lawmakers charged with creating statewide rules for recreational marijuana are at odds over how medical pot will be affected.

What's On May Ballots Around Oregon

OPB | May 12, 2015

On May 19, voters will weigh in on school board elections, bond measures, and public safety funding.

Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Decline In Oregon

OPB | May 05, 2015

New numbers show the number of parents opting out of vaccines for their kids for philosophical reasons has gone down.

Lawmakers Take On Mental Health Issues

OPB | April 27, 2015

A few bills working their way through the current legislative session would change Oregon's approach to mental health treatment. 

Will Oregon Increase The Statute Of Limitations For Rape Cases?

OPB | April 13, 2015

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could increase the statute of limitations for rape cases from six to 20 years.

How Oregon Kids Are Learning Math

OPB | March 31, 2015

TUESDAY: Rob Manning checked in with the class of 2025 to see how the second-graders — and their teachers and parents — are learning math under the new standards known as Common Core.

Oregon AG Says Colleges Need More Privacy For Assault Victims

OPB | March 31, 2015

TUESDAY: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says federal laws around campus assault make victims less likely to come forward.

Should Computer Coding Be Offered As A Foreign Language?

OPB | March 30, 2015

TUESDAY: A bill in the Oregon Legislature would allow computer coding classes to be counted towards foreign language requirements for public school students.

News Roundtable: March 27, 2015

OPB | March 27, 2015

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

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.

News Roundtable: March 20, 2015

OPB | March 20, 2015

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

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. 

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.

Will The Clock Run Out For Daylight Saving Time?

OPB | March 10, 2015

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