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Think Out Loud Producers Pick Favorite Moments From 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 23, 2015

Think Out Loud producers dig through the archives to choose their favorite moments from 2015.

Local Races In Oregon & Washington

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2015

We take a look at what's on local ballots for the Nov. 3 election.

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.

New Oregon Law Could Lead To More Testing Opt-Outs

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2015

It's unclear what kinds of consequences the state could face now that Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their kids out of standardized tests.

Legal Marijuana In Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: July 1, 2015

Recreational marijuana is officially legal in Oregon as of July 1. We talk to people around the state about how things will change.

Governor Signs Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights

OPB | Broadcast: June 18, 2015

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law this week that provides new protections for nannies, housekeepers, and other domestic workers.

Represented: Paid Sick Time

OPB | Broadcast: June 1, 2015

In this installment of our "Represented" series, we hear from residents of Eugene about what a statewide paid sick leave policy would mean for them.

Should The State Keep The Kicker?

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: May 5, 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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.