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News Roundtable: July 31, 2015


Friday at 12:06 p.m.

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.

Photo: Morgan Schmorgan/Flickr

Shell Icebreaker Remains In Portland


Thursday at 12:06 p.m.

Shell's Fennica icebreaker ship has still not been able to depart to the Arctic for oil drilling, after local climate change activists and Greenpeace activists blocked passage at the St. John's bridge.

Photo: Christina Belasco / OPB

Should Doctors Be Using Their Smartphones In The Operating Room?


Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

Do smartphones help or hinder healthcare professionals?

Photo: David Mark/Pixabay

Recruiting Workers For The Marijuana Industry


Thursday at 12:35 p.m.

A Northwest company specializes in recruiting qualified people for all kinds of positions in the emerging marijuana industry — from bookkeepers to flavor scientists.

Photo: Alan Sylvestre / OPB

Marijuana Remains Illegal On Grand Ronde Reservation


Thursday at 12:50 p.m.

The Grand Ronde Tribal Council has determined that the cultivation and use of marijuana will remain illegal on the reservation.

Photo: Conrad Wilson / OPB

Portland Protesters Block Shell Icebreaker At St. John's Bridge


Wednesday at 12:06 p.m.

A coalition of climate change activists and Greenpeace are keeping Shell's Icebreaker ship from proceeding to the Arctic.

Photo: Christina Belasco / OPB

Across The Country In A Covered Wagon


Wednesday at 12:20 p.m.

Several years ago, author Rinker Buck left his job, bought a covered wagon and some mules, and rode the length of the Oregon Trail with his brother.

Metro Holds Trash Talks


Wednesday at 12:45 p.m.

This week and last, the Metro Council met to discuss the future of Portland's food waste.

Photo: Metro

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