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Smoke Poised To Make Ugly Return To Willamette Valley

The Register-Guard | Sept. 2, 2017 11:23 a.m.

Lane County Public Health posted an advisory online Friday warning residents to brace for extreme heat and smoke.

Environment | local | News

Summer Drawing To A Close, But Fire Season Far From Over

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2017 10:03 a.m.

While Labor Day marks the end of the summer to many people, conditions remain hot and very dry. That means wildfire season is far from over.

Think Out Loud

Fossil Fuel Challenge | American Working Conditions | Oregon Bar Exam

OPB | Aug. 28, 2017 noon

We discuss Portland's ability to ban local fossil fuel infrastructure, the first comprehensive survey of American workers, and the Oregon Supreme Court decision to lower the score needed to pass the state bar exam.

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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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Washington Sues Union, Accusing Unreported Political Contributions

Northwest News Network | July 11, 2017 6:06 p.m.

The lawsuit announced late Tuesday accuses SEIU’s State Council of making more than $5 million in unreported campaign contributions.

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Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Won't Seek Re-Election

OPB | July 11, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced Tuesday he plans to leave the office after more than nine years.

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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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Washington State Will Guarantee Paid Family, Medical Leave

Northwest News Network | July 5, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Beginning in 2020, workers in Washington will be eligible for paid family and medical leave through a new state program funded by employee and employer contributions.

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Oregon Lawmakers Approve 'Predictive Scheduling' Bill

OPB | June 29, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have approved the nation's first statewide law on predictable scheduling for employees.

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Oregon Investigators Support Woman's Unfair Firing Claim

OPB | June 27, 2017 12:40 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries is backing claims from Micaela Herrera, who said Teen Challenge fired her for being pregnant and unmarried.    

Think Out Loud

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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Oregon Lawmakers Consider 'Predictive Scheduling' Bill

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 3:16 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would give hourly employees more certainty in their work schedules.

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West Coast Crabbers Strike Ends After 11 Days

AP | Jan. 7, 2017 11:58 a.m. | Eureka, California

An 11-day strike by thousands of West Coast crab fishermen has ended after a successful negotiation of prices with seafood processors.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Food | News | Environment | Economy | Business

Dungeness Crabbers' Strike Extends Along West Coast

AP | Jan. 4, 2017 6:53 a.m. | Seattle

Dungeness crab could be harder to come by if hundreds of fishing boats remain tied up at docks from California to Washington state by a dispute between crabbers and seafood processors over the price of the sought-after crustaceans.

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Young Oregon Farmers Face Barriers To Starting Farm Businesses

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:21 p.m.

A new report shows that it’s increasingly difficult for young people to get into farming in Oregon.

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Report: Oregon State Employees Make $56,000 On Average

Statesman Journal | April 15, 2016 1:04 p.m.

The average salary for state employees in 2015 was $56,028 and the average cost per state employee including benefits was $89,000, according to a report from the Legislative Fiscal Office released Thursday.

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Glass Sculptor Eric Franklin

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015 8 p.m.

Eric Franklin uses laboratory grade glass tubing to create full sized human skulls and skeletons, then fills them with neon, argon and other gasses to make them glow from within.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Land

Washington Inmates Help Restore Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

Northwest Public Radio | Nov. 6, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to  grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.

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Judge Holds Striking Kelso Teachers In Contempt

AP | Sept. 25, 2015 12:09 p.m.

A judge on Friday ruled that striking teachers in Kelso are in contempt of court.

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Labor-Law Enforcers Launch Spanish-Language Hotline For Oregon Workers

OPB | Sept. 24, 2015 6:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Labor is promoting a Spanish-language complaint hotline for workers in Oregon.