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Mayor Charlie Hales Goes To The Vatican

OPB | July 28, 2015

We talk with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who just returned a summit with 60 mayors from around the world called by Pope Francis.

Portland's For-Hire Transportation Experiment To Wrap Up Next Month

OPB | July 27, 2015

In April, Portland started a four-month pilot program deregulating the taxi industry and allowing ride services Uber and Lyft to operate legally for the first time.

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.

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.

Restaurateur Chooses To Raise Minimum Wage For Employees

OPB | July 16, 2015

Kurt Huffman is paying his The Loyal Legion employees starting wages between $15-18 to assure them a livable income.

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.

How Can Portland Become More Bike-Friendly?

OPB | July 01, 2015

Activists and city leaders are debating the future of Portland's bike infrastructure.

Olympia And Salem Wind Down Sessions

OPB | June 29, 2015

The legislatures in Washington and Oregon are still struggling to pass the final bills of their respective sessions.

News Roundtable: June 26, 2015

OPB | June 26, 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.

Track And Field Championships Take Place Amid Doping Scandal

OPB | June 25, 2015

Some of the best athletes in the country are in Eugene for the USA Track and Field Championships, which go through this weekend.

Portland Police Oversight: Kathleen Saadat

OPB | June 23, 2015

Kathleen Saadat has taken the place of Paul DeMuniz on the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison team which will oversee mandated reforms of the Portland Police Department. 

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.

State Medicaid Money To Fortune 500?

OPB | June 09, 2015

Coordinated Care Organizations manage the Oregon state version of Medicaid on a local level. Trillium, the CCO in Lane County, is so profitable it's received a buyout offer from the Fortune 500 corporation Centene. Some locals are concerned.

How Dense And Tall Should Portland's Neighborhoods Be?

OPB | June 08, 2015

As the population of the city continues to increase, what should neighborhoods look like as they respond to those demands?

ProPublica Reporter Stands By Doping Claims Against Nike Oregon Project

OPB | June 04, 2015

ProPublica reporter David Epstein heard from several former team members and coaches at Nike Oregon Project that famed coach Alberto Salazar broke drug rules.

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.

Oregon's Per Mile Tax To Get Test Drive

OPB | June 02, 2015

The Oregon Department of Transportation's will sign up 5,000 drivers to test how a per mile tax would work in a program it calls "OReGO."

Retelling The Simpsons After The Apocalypse

OPB | May 28, 2015

The Portland premiere of "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play," by Reed graduate Anne Washburn, is up at the Portland Playhouse now.

A Conversation With Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

OPB | May 21, 2015

We sit down with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to talk about Uber, the Pembina propane terminal, how he wants to spend the city's $49 million budget surplus, and more.

Problems With Uber's Wheelchair Accessibility

OPB | May 20, 2015

OPB's Amelia Templeton and Joe VanderVeer,  former chairman of Portland’s Commission on Disabilities, tried to get a ride in an Uber vehicle that could take VanderVeer's wheelchair. It took 15 attempts and nine hours.