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Are Homeowners Getting Slammed For Building 'Granny Flats?'

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015

The city of Portland has been encouraging homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units, or "granny flats." But according to a new article in the Portland Tribune, Multnomah County's approach to these new structures threaten to stop these efforts in their tracks.

The Marijuana Banking Conundrum

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015

Marijuana businesses face some significant challenges when it comes to banking, leading many to operate cash-only businesses. But solutions could be on the horizon.

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.

Government Shutdown Looms In Washington

OPB | June 22, 2015

If lawmakers in Olympia can't agree on a budget by the end of the month, Washington will face a government shutdown.

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.

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."

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.

Talking Business

OPB | Feb. 09, 2015

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

Reacting To The State Of The Union

OPB | Jan. 21, 2015

WEDNESDAY: President Obama spoke of "turning the page" in his 2015 State of the Union address.

WA Governor Inslee Lays Out Plans For Roads, Schools, And Taxes

OPB | Dec. 18, 2014

THURSDAY: Washington Governor Jay Inslee is rolling out his two-year budget proposal this week. OPB reporter Austin Jenkins gives us the highlights.

Oregon Cities Weigh Local Pot Taxes Ahead of November Vote

OPB | Sept. 19, 2014

FRIDAY: If recreational marijuana is legalized in Oregon, some cities want to cash in by taxing it at the local level.

News Roundtable: August 29th, 2014

OPB | Aug. 29, 2014

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

County Votes For Big Intel Tax Break Package

OPB | Aug. 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with OPB reporter Conrad Wilson about the history leading up to the deal that just passed and what it could mean for the future of the region.

News Roundtable: August 14, 2014

OPB | Aug. 14, 2014

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

The Economics Of Legalized Marijuana

OPB | July 31, 2014

THURSDAY: We'll dig into projections for what pot would cost — and how much revenue the state would get from taxing it — if it becomes legal in Oregon.

The Race For Multnomah County Chair

OPB | April 28, 2014

MONDAY: We'll talk with the two most prominent candidates in the contest for the county's top seat.

An Update On The Portland Arts Tax

OPB | April 02, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Portland residents are expected to pay a $35 per person arts tax by April 15.

How Property Taxes Are Influencing The Housing Market

OPB | March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY: According to a new report from the Northwest Economic Research Center, Oregon's property tax system is skewing the housing market.

What's Still On The Table In Washington's Legislature?

OPB | March 03, 2014

MONDAY: With about two weeks left in Washington's 2014 legislative session, we'll get an update from Olympia-based reporter Austin Jenkins.