- Over 3% of Newport's population tested positive for coronavirus, according to a random sample study from Oregon State University last week. Despite those numbers, thousands of people flocked to the beach over the holiday weekend. Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer tells us the challenges the coastal city is facing.
- Eric Ward recently wrote an essay called "Hate Crimes: The Gateway Drug." In it, the civil rights activist and executive director of the Western States Center argues that addressing hate crimes is key to reimagining community safety. We talk with Ward about his ideas and his recent experience with a hate crime in his own neighborhood.
- The controversial plan to expand Interstate 5 in Portland's Rose Quarter has lost the support of the Albina Vision Trust. The Black-led community group sent an email to Oregon Department of Transportation officials on June 30 saying that after engaging with the project for over two years, "we do not see our engagement resulting in meaningful changes to the project or its anticipated outcomes." The group had hoped to see the scope of the project expand to include revitalization of the once-thriving Albina community, which was torn apart by the original construction of I-5 in the 1960s. We hear from Albina Vision Trust board members Mike Alexander and Zari Santner.
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