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Vaccination Numbers | Oregon Wildfire Voices | Surimi School

OPB | Aug. 31, 2017 noon

How accurate are federal vaccination numbers for Oregon? Also, we hear voices from the front lines of wildfires burning across the state, and we take a trip to the OSU Surimi School in Astoria.

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Rural Economy | Sage Grouse Plans | Steelhead

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 noon

The federal government has announced changes to a carefully negotiated sage grouse conservation plan. Also, steelhead may face extinction because of sea lions, and the economy in rural Oregon is not picking up the way it is in urban areas.

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Represented: Oregon-Idaho Border

OPB | June 14, 2017 noon

We travel to far Eastern Oregon, where for many businesses, it's hard not to think the grass is greener on the other side of the border ... in Idaho.

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'OPB Politics Now': How Oregon Plans To Fill A $1.4 Billion Budget Gap

OPB | June 8, 2017 2:24 p.m.

We discuss the latest revenue-raising and cost-cutting proposals in Salem to close the $1.4 billion budget gap.

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Portland's 911 Hold Times | Rosewood Initiative Relaunch

OPB | June 7, 2017 noon

We hear about long 911 hold times in Portland, and about how the people in the Rosewood neighborhood are faring, five years after the Rosewood Initiative began.

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'OPB Politics Now': A Tale Of 2 Revenue Forecasts

OPB | May 18, 2017 3:37 p.m.

We talk about what motivated voters who weighed in on school bonds across Oregon, and why lawmakers have such different interpretations of the quarterly revenue forecast.

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Oregon Economic Forecast Includes Marijuana Projections For The First Time

OPB | May 16, 2017 6 p.m.

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis projects and upward trend for recreational marijuana sales. 

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Oregon Budget | Douglas County Homelessness | Lidia Yuknavitch

OPB | May 16, 2017 noon

On the show today: The latest Oregon economic forecast, a new novel by Lidia Yuknavitch, and an overview of the homeless situation in Douglas County.

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After Rent Doubled, This Portland Family Found A New Home In Their Neighbor's Backyard

OPB | May 10, 2017 4:31 p.m. | Portland

Could accessory dwelling units be the answer to Portland's housing crisis? They are for one family forced out by skyrocketing rent. 

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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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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.

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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.

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Bipartisan Oregon Lawmakers Unveil Proposal To Reel In State Spending

OPB | April 21, 2017 12:47 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers unveiled a proposal Friday to reel in state spending during the upcoming budget cycle.

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Innovating Emergency Medical Response: The View From Reno And Portland

OPB | April 19, 2017 noon

Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers and Brad Lee, who directs the Reno area's medical emergency response, tell us about innovations in 911 service.

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4 Things To Know As Oregon's Tax And Budget Wars Heat Up

OPB | April 20, 2017 9:46 a.m. | Portland

The release of an eye-catching list of possible budget cuts signals the start of the Oregon Legislature's end game: negotiations about taxes and budgets.

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Live From Portland Design Week

OPB | April 21, 2017 noon | Portland

"Think Out Loud" is live from the headquarters of Portland Design Week Friday, April 21, 2017.

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Talking Business | Disability Rights Lawsuit | Soul'd Out 2017

OPB | April 18, 2017 noon

We get business news from the editor of the "Portland Business Journal," then turn to a new lawsuit brought by disability rights advocates. We end the hour with a preview of the Soul'd Out music festival.

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Professor Sues University Of Oregon Over Pay Discrimination

The Register-Guard | March 21, 2017 2:03 p.m.

The University of Oregon is being sued by a longtime psychology professor who alleges that she’s being paid substantially less than several less-experienced male colleagues.

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Public Employee Compensation | Predictive Scheduling | Community College Policing

OPB | Feb. 28, 2017 noon

A new study looks at the cost of public employee benefits. A bill before the legislature attempts to make job scheduling easier for hourly workers. And Central Oregon Community College safety officers have been acting like police officers.

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Tribes Bury 'The Ancient One' | Grammy Winner Andre Allen Anjos | Oregon Promise

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 noon

We hear about the Native American ceremony burying the ancient bones found in 1996 near Kennewick, WA; we talk remixes with a Grammy-winning Portland musician; and we find out the winners and losers behind free community college.