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Mother Of Murdered Son Says Death Penalty Is Necessary

OPB | Jan. 09, 2017

Mary Elledge's son Rob was murdered 30 years ago. She doesn't believe in executing every person who is convicted of murder — but she says the death penalty can provide vital leverage for prosecutors trying to solve a case.

The Slants Case Goes To Washington | Oregon's CIO | Wyden On Trump

OPB | Jan. 18, 2017

Simon Tam discusses the arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court today; we get an update from the state's Chief Information Officer, Alex Pettit; and Sen. Ron Wyden talks cabinet hearings, the ACA, and more.

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber: Oregon's Death Penalty Needs Scrutiny

OPB | Jan. 03, 2017

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber stands by his 2011 moratorium on the state's death penalty but says what he most wants is for Oregonians to begin a civic dialogue around the costs and benefits of capital punishment in the state.

Oregon DA Seeks Death Penalty Despite Personal Opposition

OPB | Dec. 06, 2016

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel opposes the death penalty, but he's seeking it in a murder case he is prosecuting.

Elder Abuse Prosecutor | Cubs Win | Misogyny On Twitter | Gary Johnson

OPB | Nov. 03, 2016

We hear why bestselling Portland author Chelsea Cain recently shut down her Twitter account. We'll also talk to the state's first elder abuse prosecutor and end with an interview with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

Rebroadcast: 41 Days, Refuge Occupation Documentary

OPB | Sept. 05, 2016

We listen back to our documentary of the nearly six-week Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in this hour-long Think Out Loud special.

Oregon GOP Chair | Young Republican | Malheur Pretrial | Clark County Board

OPB | July 20, 2016

We talk to the chair of the Oregon GOP and a young Republican at the RNC. Then, it's pretrial hearings for the Malheur refuge occupiers and the latest on political drama in Clark County.

Funding US Schools | Kicking Oil To The Curb | Bundy Trial

OPB | May 05, 2016

We find out about the deep dive NPR and member stations did into how public schools are funded across the country. Then turn to the University of Oregon debate over investing in fossil fuel companies, and get an update on the trial against the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Parenting & The Law | Talking About Dying | Environmental Update

OPB | Jan. 19, 2016

We talk to a law professor about her idea to create new legal requirements for parents. We hear about a series of conversations put on by Oregon Humanities around death and dying. Then we get an EarthFix update about coal and oil-by-rail.

Burns Occupation | New Oregon Laws

OPB | Jan. 05, 2016

We hear from one of the self-described militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. And we get an update on the new laws taking effect in the new year.

Oregonian Receives Posthumous Presidential Medal Of Freedom

OPB | Nov. 24, 2015

During World War II, lawyer Minoru Yasui challenged the military curfews in place for German nationals, Italian nationals, and anyone with Japanese ancestry.

Approaching The Rise In Elder Abuse

OPB | Oct. 21, 2015

The elder abuse rate in Oregon rose in 2014. We'll find out what's behind that rise, and how those charged with identifying, prosecuting and preventing such abuse are approaching the problem.

US Supreme Court's Fall 2015 Term Begins

OPB | Oct. 06, 2015

We preview the major cases and issues that will come before the Supreme Court this fall term.

Lawsuit Filed By Pregnant Professor Against Christian University

OPB | 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.

Grants Pass To Open Sobering Center

OPB | July 14, 2015

The city of Grants Pass was awarded a grant by the Legislature to set up a sobering center.

Portland Couple Takes 'Dangerous Dogs' Cases To Court

OPB | July 10, 2015

Some dogs are deemed so dangerous that they are ordered by the courts to be euthanized. One Portland couple thinks that's wrong, and they're taking the dogs' cases to court.

Legal Marijuana In Oregon

OPB | July 01, 2015

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

No Smoking In Portland Parks

OPB | June 23, 2015

A new smoking ban is taking effect in Portland's parks on July 1. Commissioner Amanda Fritz is working to amend the law to remove the misdemeanor consequence.

Bulk Data Collection Faces Multiple Legal Challenges

OPB | June 16, 2015

The fate of the NSA's collection of metadata from phone calls is unclear and faces multiple legal challenges, one involving a Portland FISA Court judge.

Portland Police Responding To Gun Violence

OPB | June 05, 2015

Portland police say they're putting more resources toward responding to the recent increase in gun violence and gang-related activity.