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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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Oregon's Transgender Population Reacts To Trump's Military Ban

OPB | July 26, 2017 10:52 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s transgender population is reacting Wednesday to news that President Donald Trump will ban them from serving in the U.S. military.

Water | Environment

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.

Economy | local | Pacific Ocean | News

Astoria To Host 2 New Fast-Response Cutters For Coast Guard

Daily Astorian | April 29, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Astoria, Oregon

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters replace the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats, which are nearing the end of service life.

Land | Environment

National Guard Firing Ranges Leave Legacy Of Lead

KUOW | Dec. 27, 2016 2:18 p.m. | Seattle

The National Guard has closed facilities across the country to the public because of lead contamination, following an investigation by The Oregonian newspaper.

History | NW Life | Environment | Think Out Loud

Battle Ready: The Military's NW Environmental Legacy

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 noon

Seventy-five years ago, America was drawn into World War II and the Pacific Northwest answered the call with lumber, hydroelectricity, even a secret plutonium factory to arm atomic bombs.

World | Politics | News

President Obama Calls For Support Of Turkish Government

AP | July 15, 2016 4:26 p.m. | Washington

President Obama is urging all parties in Turkey to support the democratically-elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

World | Politics | News

Turkish President Tells Supporters Government Is In Charge

AP | July 15, 2016 1:16 p.m. | Ankara, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital

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News Roundtable: April 29 | Military Sexual Trauma | Poetry Out Loud

OPB | April 29, 2016 noon

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. OPB reporter Conrad Wilson brings us a story about an Oregon man who was discharged from the military after being the victim of a sexual assault. High school student Mitchell Lenneville is headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in a national poetry recitation contest.

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Emergency Alert | WA Legislature Ends Session | Neglected Fishing Villages | Women In The Military

OPB | March 30, 2016 noon

We learn about a new safety alert system in Portland. OPB’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins fills us in on the eventful last few weeks of the Washington legislative session. We hear about tribal fishing villages along the Columbia that the federal government has neglected. And we listen back to a conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon about a group of female combat troops who saw combat long before the military opened such roles to women formally.

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Veterans Day Discussion: Coming Home In America

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015 12:06 p.m.

How has the experience of coming back from war changed for veterans of wars, from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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More Help On The Way For Service Members With TBI, Other Injuries

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has broken ground on a new privately funded clinic to diagnose and treat service members for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, and other psychological health conditions. 

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The Effect Of War On The Families Of Veterans

OPB | Oct. 14, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Stacy Bannerman's new book focuses on the devastating impacts of war on the families of veterans.

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6 Conversation Starters For This Weekend

OPB | July 10, 2015 midnight

Whether you're going on a date or headed to the beach with your family, Think Out Loud brings you six conversation starters for this weekend.

local | News

Southern Oregon National Guard Regiment Returns From Afghanistan

Medford Mail Tribune | June 24, 2015 11:25 a.m. | Medford, Oregon

After nine months in Afghanistan, about 200 Southern Oregon troops will return home to their families Wednesday.

Health | Politics | local | News

VA To Give Benefits To Vets Exposed To Agent Orange

OPB | June 18, 2015 10:12 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday it will expand benefits to reservists who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange.

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Group Prepares For Possible Joint Base Lewis McChord Cuts

AP | June 17, 2015 2:41 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee convened the first meeting a new group formed to address possible personnel cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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News Roundtable: March 27, 2015

OPB | March 27, 2015 12:06 p.m.

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

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Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

OPB | March 26, 2015 12:25 p.m.

THURSDAY: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years after he disappeared from his Army post in Afghanistan, is being charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

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President Obama Wants Authorization For Military Force Against ISIS

OPB | Feb. 11, 2015 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Obama is asking Congress to formally authorize the use of military force against the self-declared Islamic State and associated forces.