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Oregon Justice Department Warns Supreme Court About Scrapping Unanimous Juries

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Oregon Department of Justice officials said Friday that “convictions in hundreds if not thousands of cases” would be invalidated if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the state’s unique non-unanimous jury law.

'OPB Politics Now': Kate Brown Keeps Raising Cash, But Why?

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On this week's show, we look at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's continuing fundraising and explain why she's still collecting donations. 

Oregon Democrats: Republican State Senators Will Not Be Fined For Walkout

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In a statement, Oregon Senate Democrats said the specter of a lengthy legal battle led them to back down on proposed $3,500 fines. 

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Is A Grocery Strike Possible? Workers Cast Final Votes

Grocery workers finish voting Saturday on whether to authorize a strike against Fred Meyer, Albertsons, Safeway and other stores.

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Portland's Unique 'Cat Partnership' Has Started A Movement Nationwide

Cat and bird advocates have found enough common ground to co-host an annual ‘Catio Tour’ of outdoor enclosures for house cats, which happens each September in the Portland area.

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6 Men Indicted For Cider Riot! Brawl In Portland

According to a $1 million lawsuit filed after the brawl, at least five of the men now indicted were connected with Patriot Prayer, a far right group that attracts white supremacists and has engaged in violence.

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Walden Says Little About Gun Legislation After El Paso, Dayton Shootings

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden will make his first public appearances since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton when he holds five town halls in his district next week.

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Environmental Scrutiny Could Be Reduced For Projects On Public Forests

The new rules would streamline the approval process for forest projects that are "essentially similar" to others that have already been analyzed under federal environmental law.

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Oregon Warns Doctors To Look Out For Vape-Related Illness

Oregon’s public health departments are urging doctors to be on the lookout for respiratory illness among people who vape or use electronic cigarettes.

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Northbound Interstate 5 Through SW Portland Reopens Following Crash

All northbound lanes of the Interstate 5 near Barbur Boulevard have reopened.

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Washington Gov. Inslee Drops Campaign For President, To Seek 3rd Term

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, announced Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor.

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White House Considers 4 Finalists For Oregon Seat On Appeals Court

The finalists are vying to fill the shoes of Diarmuid O’Scannlain, who assumed senior status in September 2016, a version of semi-retirement for federal judges.  

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Many Of The West's Estuaries Have Vanished: Here's Why That Matters

More than 85% of the West Coast's estuary habitat has vanished since white settlers first arrived. What little remains is under threat from sea level rise.

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Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Oregon set a goal to have graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB has followed a group of students from kindergarten as they start their educational journey toward high school. Third grade is almost over for the Class of 2025. These are some of their stories.