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Should Computer Coding Be Offered As A Foreign Language?


TUESDAY: A bill in the Oregon Legislature would allow computer coding classes to be counted towards foreign language requirements for public school students.

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Oregon State Wildfire Insurance In Jeopardy


FRIDAY: Oregon legislators worry about how to cover wildfire costs as insurance prices rise.

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Environmental Update on Cormorants and Sea Lions


MONDAY: We'll check in with our EarthFix reporter, Cassandra Profita, about stories she's following.

Photo: Theresa Tillson/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Washington Legislature Considers Compacts With Tribes Over Marijuana


MONDAY: A bill before the Washington state legislature would allow the Governor to enter into agreements with Native American tribes if they choose to get involved in marijuana production, processing, or retail.

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Farmers Seek New Solutions To Slug Problem


TUESDAY: As gardeners gear up for their annual battle with slugs, farmers are facing a slug problem on a completely different scale.

How Oregon Kids Are Learning Math


TUESDAY: Rob Manning checked in with the class of 2025 to see how the second-graders — and their teachers and parents — are learning math under the new standards known as Common Core.

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News Roundtable: March 27, 2015

OPB | March 27, 2015

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

Boise's Treefort Music Fest Includes Many Portland Bands

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: Boise's Treefort Music Fest, now in its fourth year, kicked off this week.  

Reducing Solitary Confinement In Oregon

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: The Vera Institute of Justice is bringing their Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) initiative program to Oregon.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

OPB | March 26, 2015

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.

Oregon Locals Aid Eastern Ukraine

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: Local volunteer groups take the lead in helping Ukrainians in crisis.

On The Police Beat In N/NE Portland

OPB | March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY: We spend the hour in the patrol car of Officer Jason Jones, and hear about the day-to-day duties of a police officer.

Tea Maker Steven Smith Dies

OPB | March 24, 2015

Portland tea entrepreneur Steven Smith died at the age of 65.

Schools Won't Be Evaluated By Student Test Scores If Bill Passes

OPB | March 24, 2015

A bill that would temporarily prohibit standardized test results from being used to evaluate schools passed the Oregon House last week and now moves to the Senate.

Talking Business

OPB | March 24, 2015

TUESDAY: Scott Nelson, business editor for The Oregonian, joins us for our regular business news update.

Documentary Focuses On Vaccines

OPB | March 23, 2015

MONDAY: Producer Jon Palfreman's documentary "The Vaccine War" dives into the controversial discussion around vaccinating children.

Sage Grouse Conservation Agreements In Oregon

OPB | March 23, 2015

MONDAY: Some landowners are voluntarily signing up to conserve habitat for sage grouse.

Returning World War II Combat Souvenirs

OPB | March 23, 2015

FRIDAY: OBON 2015 is attempting to return flags taken from dead Japanese soldiers in WWII to the descendents of those soldiers.

Jane Hirshfield On The Uncertainty Of Poetry

OPB | March 20, 2015

FRIDAY: Poet Jane Hirshfield discusses her new books: "The Beauty," and "Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World."

News Roundtable: March 20, 2015

OPB | March 20, 2015

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

REBROADCAST: The Wrecking Crew

OPB | March 19, 2015

THURSDAY: The Wrecking Crew was a group of musicians in the 1960s and '70s that played on some of the biggest hits of the era, but remain relatively unknown.

Questioning The Effect Of Cheerleaders On Campus Culture

OPB | March 19, 2015

THURSDAY: University of Oregon trustee Ginevra Ralph has asked whether the "overt sexuality" of cheerleading routines contributes to a "rape culture" on campus.

Legislation Aims To Help Dyslexic Kids

OPB | March 19, 2015

THURSDAY: An advocacy group is pushing for legislation that would require dyslexia screening for young children and more training for teachers on how to engage kids who are dyslexic. 

At Home In The Bull Run Watershed

OPB | March 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY: In the latest installment of our "At Home" series, Lead Watershed Ranger Dan Weidinger and his wife Sacha Snyder talk about living inside the 147-square mile Bull Run Watershed.

Legislative Hearing Asks Whether Minority Hiring Law Needs More Teeth

OPB | March 18, 2015

MONDAY: The 'Rooney Rule' requires public universities in Oregon to interview at least one minority candidate when hiring for coaching positions. Some advocates think think the state needs to monitor compliance.


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