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Behind The Politics: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 14, 2018

You know Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for her progressive politics, but did you know she was raised a Republican?

Wildfire Smoke Causing Poor Air Quality Across Northwest


Public-health officials are warning of unhealthy air across parts of the Pacific Northwest as smoke from wildfires move across the region.

Oregon Coast Visitor Volume Down Slightly But Spending Is Up


The number of visitors staying in a hotel or rental home on the Oregon Coast dipped slightly last year, but overall spending grew to nearly $2 billion.

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Candidate For Portland City Council Did Not Register Business, Opponent Says

Portland City Council candidate Loretta Smith is raising questions about her opponent’s business records.

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Oregon Lawmakers Hire Lawyer To Fight Sexual Harassment Complaint

Oregon lawmakers are preparing to defend themselves against accusations that they underplayed reports of sexual harassment at the state Capitol.

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What You Need To Know About Flash-Bangs

Here’s what you need to know about flash bangs, how they are used and how they are regulated.

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New Air Quality App Maps Oregon Wildfire Smoke Dangers

The free OregonAir app uses smiling or frowning face emojis to quickly show air quality across the state.

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Portland Schools Anticipate Overcrowding But Hold Off On Assigning Teachers

Portland Public Schools set caps for elementary classrooms last spring. The district expects to go above them in eight schools — but isn't assigning more teachers to relieve the crowding.

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