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News Roundtable: August 28, 2015

OPB | 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.

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

OPB | Aug. 10, 2015

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

Shell Icebreaker Remains In Portland

OPB | July 30, 2015

Shell's Fennica icebreaker ship has still not been able to depart to the Arctic for oil drilling, after local climate change activists and Greenpeace activists blocked passage at the St. John's bridge.

Portland Protesters Block Shell Icebreaker At St. John's Bridge

OPB | July 29, 2015

A coalition of climate change activists and Greenpeace are keeping Shell's Icebreaker ship from proceeding to the Arctic.

A New Oil Terminal In Vancouver?

OPB | July 24, 2015

We're in Vancouver to explore the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal and the impact of oil trains.

Report Shows Some Tobacco Retailers Are Not Following The Law

OPB | July 17, 2015

Multnomah County's report shows tobacco products are easily accessible to youth and more prevalent in neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color.

A Vision For Portland's Jade District

OPB | July 13, 2015

Community members are finding creative ways to reimagine a multicultural neighborhood centered around SE 82nd and Division as Portland's "Jade District."

How Portland's New Comprehensive Plan Affects You

OPB | July 13, 2015

Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan — the multifaceted documents will guide the way the city develops for the next two decades.

What Passed And Didn't Pass In Oregon's 2015 Session

OPB | July 07, 2015

We talk to two capitol reporters about the highlights and lowlights of the 2015 legislative session, which ended at 6:04 p.m. Monday.

Talking Business

OPB | July 09, 2015

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

Report Highlights Economic Benefits Of Deeper Columbia

OPB | July 06, 2015

A new report into the economic consequences of deepening the Columbia River to from 40 to 43 feet indicates a strong return on investment.

Anti-Displacement Coalition Argues For City Changes

OPB | June 25, 2015

An ad hoc coalition of more than 20 community organizations has been meeting with Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission for policies to discourage displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Bills Could Lead To Damascus Disincorporation

OPB | June 24, 2015

A slate of bills passed by the Oregon Legislature could make it easier for one of the state's newest cities to go back to being an unincorporated part of Clackamas County.

Oregon Lottery Machines Raise Problem Gambling Concerns

OPB | June 18, 2015

The Oregon Lottery is replacing its 12,000 video lottery machines, and some advocates worry the new machines are even more attractive to problem gamblers.

Toxic Algal Bloom Hits West Coast

OPB | June 18, 2015

The West Coast is experiencing the largest toxic algal bloom in the last decade. This toxin has caused many shellfish fisheries to close down.

Talking Business

OPB | June 16, 2015

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

'Free' Community College Proposal Moving In Salem

OPB | June 09, 2015

In the final weeks of the 2015 session, a bill to make community college all but free for some students is still alive in the Oregon state legislature.

Klamath County Funds Sheriff After Levy Fails

OPB | June 04, 2015

Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris says the county will need to take out a loan to fund the sheriff's office.

Portland Area Homelessness Report Shows Little Progress

OPB | June 04, 2015

The so-called Point-in-Time Count conducted by the city of Portland and Multnomah County suggests overall homelessness numbers haven't changed but some groups saw their rates dramatically increase.

Washington Legislature Begins Second Special Session

OPB | June 01, 2015

Our correspondent in Olympia gives us a rundown on what's on the agenda for Washington's lawmakers.