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Environment | News | Water | local

A Strong El NiƱo Will Lead To Another Warm Winter

Despite cold weather during Thanksgiving week, Oregonians can expect another warm and dry winter.

Education | Think Out Loud

How Do Smaller School Districts Attract Teachers?

Smaller school districts are trying to find ways to attract new teachers in a job market where not enough candidates are applying to fill positions.

local | News | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Addressing Homelessness in Eugene

Eugene is trying to find more places to shelter people for the night during the winter, and asking the state government for help addressing homelessness.

Think Out Loud

Talking Business

Scott Nelson, business editor for The Oregonian, stops by for our regular business news update.

Think Out Loud

Collecting Oral Histories Of Food

The makers of a storytelling project have built "pop-up story booths" in order to collect oral histories of people in the Latino community, with a special emphasis on food.

local | News | Politics

Yakima Elects First Latina City Council Members

In a historic first for the central Washington city, Yakima elected three Latinas to its city council.

local | Think Out Loud

Oregon Police Agencies Struggle To Find Qualified Candidates

Many police applicants are failing the physical standards and background checks needed to become an officer.

What Qualifies As An Offensive Halloween Costume?

Halloween is here — along with debates over which costumes are okay or offensive.

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Discussing Offensive Halloween Costumes

Halloween is on Saturday — that means candy, costumes, and arguments over which costumes are appropriate or offensive.

local | News | Politics

Portland Mayor Hales On Why He's Not Running In 2016

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales joined OPB's Think Out Loud on Wednesday to talk about his decision not to run for re-election, what he has planned for his remaining time in office.

Family | local | News | Health

Understanding Oregon's Problem With Elder Abuse

Reports of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of people aged 65 an older went up by 10 percent in Oregon between 2013 and 2014.

Think Out Loud

Are Homeowners Getting Slammed For Building 'Granny Flats?'

The city of Portland has been encouraging homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units, or "granny flats." But according to a new article in the Portland Tribune, Multnomah County's approach to these new structures threaten to stop these efforts in their tracks.

Oregon's Refugees and Immigrants Face Obstacles To Earthquake Preparedness

Oregon's most recent immigrants and refugees face a unique set of economic, linguistic and cultural challenges to preparing for the Cascadia earthquake expected to shake the region.

Environment | local | Think Out Loud

Immigrants, Refugees Face Barriers To Earthquake Preparedness

For immigrants and refugees in Oregon, it can be even more difficult to prepare for the upcoming Cascadia earthquake.


Having A Loved One Behind Bars

A group of Oregonians is sharing what it's like to have a family member in prison.

Think Out Loud

Prisoners' Family Members Share Their Stories

A group of Oregonians are sharing their stories of what it's like to have a family member behind bars.

local | Think Out Loud

OLCC Releases New Draft Rules for Marijuana Sales

The OLCC released a 70 page draft of rules for recreational marijuana sales today in advance of a public hearing on Friday.

Environment | News | Business | local

Portland Company Building Highrise From Wood

There's a new 12-story building set for construction in the Pearl District. But this building stands out from the scores of new highrises in a big way: it will be made of wood.

Think Out Loud

Portland Gets Nation's First Wooden Highrise Building

Portland is getting the country's first wooden high-rise building. How does it work and what does it mean?

Politics | Think Out Loud

US Supreme Court's Fall 2015 Term Begins

We preview the major cases and issues that will come before the Supreme Court this fall term.