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News Roundtable | Teaching Diversity At Reed | Movie Madness

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017 noon

We hear about a debate around diversity in humanities education at Reed College and an effort to save an iconic Portland video store. And our news roundtable takes up some of the week's big stories.

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Immigrant Army Recruit | Amazon Organics | Puerto Rico | Mental Health Shelter

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 noon

We hear about a troubled Army immigrant recruitment program, Amazon’s impact on organic produce prices, Mercy Corps efforts in Puerto Rico and a new mental health center for African-American women.

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Talking Business | Historic Eugene House | Supreme Court Analysis

OPB | Oct. 3, 2017 noon

A boarding house in Eugene was one of the only places African American travelers could stay in the mid-20th century. Also, we'll learn what's on the docket for the Supreme Court that might affect Oregon. And the latest business news.

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Talking Business | Gang Designations | Joey Gibson & Patriot Prayer

OPB | Sept. 12, 2017 noon

We speak to Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer about the motivation behind the group's rallies. The Portland Police will soon stop labeling people as gang members. Also, we talk business news with Suzanne Stevens.

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Talking Business | Hazelnut Grove | Shipwrecks

OPB | Aug. 22, 2017 noon

We get a regional business news update, perspectives on Hazelnut Grove and the Overlook Neighborhood Association, and a glimpse into the life of a sunken treasure hunter.

Business | Arts | News | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

To Open Or To Close? For Eclipse, Grant County Businesses Must Decide

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 11:22 a.m.

Travel officials estimate 1 million people are headed to Oregon for this month's eclipse. Business owners in Grant County must decide whether they'll be staying open for the extra patrons — or not.

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Portland Mayor | Cooling Shelter | Talking Business | Earhart Archeologist

OPB | Aug. 1, 2017 noon

We discuss Portland policing, responses to the heat wave, the latest business news, and the northwest connection to the search for Amelia Earhart.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Reflects On 2017 Session, What's Next

OPB | July 12, 2017 4:44 p.m.

The 2017 legislative session ended with a mix of victories and disappointments for Oregon Governor Kate Brown. 

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Business & Labor Politics | Oregon Governor Kate Brown

OPB | July 12, 2017 noon

We reflect on the 2017 Oregon legislative session and look ahead to 2018.

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Controversial Business Tax Hike Hits Roadblock In Oregon Senate

OPB | June 27, 2017 1:54 p.m. | Portland

Oregon House Democrats were willing to pass a revenue increase aimed at avoiding the constitutional requirement that tax hikes have a three-fifths vote. But Senate Democrats aren't going along.

Business | Politics | local | News

Oregon House Narrowly Votes To Scale Back Hot-Button Tax Break

OPB | June 23, 2017 4:10 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House has narrowly passed a measure meant to scale back a tax break intended for small businesses.

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Talking Business | Kitzhaber Investigation | Slants' Trademark Case | Good Samaritan Bill

OPB | June 20, 2017 noon

We get updates on business news, The Slants' Supreme Court case, the investigation into former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and a bill to protect people who break into hot cars to save kids and pets.

Business | NW Life | local | News | Communities | Economy | Agriculture

After Damaging Winter, Oregon Businesses Choose To Rebuild In Idaho

OPB | June 7, 2017 4:11 p.m. | Nyssa, Oregon

Some companies are choosing to make the move to Idaho, citing the higher cost of doing business in Oregon. 

Economy | local | News

Nearly A Decade After Recession, Rural Oregon Still Recovering

OPB | May 10, 2017 2:52 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

While unemployment is near record lows in some Oregon cities, it’s still hard to find a well-paying job in places like Malheur or Lake counties.

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Hanford Emergency | Talking Business | Egyptian-American Playwright | New Oregon Tax Plan

OPB | May 9, 2017 noon | Portland

A new play about an immigrant couple premiers from an Egyptian-American playwright, a response to yesterday's interview about the Oregon Democrats' tax plan, and an update on regional business news.

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Klamath Falls Man Launches Effort To Lift City Ban On Recreational Marijuana Sales

The Klamath Falls Herald and News | May 4, 2017 1:28 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

“Any prohibition isn’t keeping people from using marijuana,” Klamath Falls resident Jonah Hakanson said. “It’s keeping a business from existing."

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Ghost Of Measure 97 Appears As Oregon Lawmakers Unveil Business Tax Proposal

OPB | May 2, 2017 8:44 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have unveiled a proposed business tax that's meant to help bridge a $1.6 billion budget shortfall.

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Douglas County Construction Industry Struggles To Fill Positions

The Roseburg News Review | April 29, 2017 10:07 a.m. | Roseburg, Oregon

After the 2007 housing market crash, many skilled workers left Douglas County to find work elsewhere, but not enough have come to replace them.

Business | Politics | Food | local | Environment | News | Agriculture

Dinner At The Orchard? Oregon Bill Would Expand Cider Business Opportunities

Capital Press | April 28, 2017 12:57 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Imitating rules established for wineries, Senate Bill 677 would permit cider businesses to produce and sell their beverages, serve food and conduct other agritourism activities on-site in farm zones.

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Whispers In Wenatchee, Washington, Raise Hopes Of Aluminum Industry Revival

Northwest News Network | April 28, 2017 10:09 a.m. | Ferndale, Washington

Public utility commissioners in Chelan County, Washington, take a high stakes vote Monday that could influence whether the aluminum industry makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest.