Inmates at the Columbia River Correctional Institution on the set of "The Inside Show," a variety show produced in the prison. (From left) David “Ohio” Phipps, Jason Melcado (hidden), Scotty Freeman, Gabriel “Chino” Whitford, Michael “HM” Lovett, Eugene “Scooby” Brown, and Irvin Hines.

Inmates at the Columbia River Correctional Institution on the set of “The Inside Show,” a variety show produced in the prison. (From left) David “Ohio” Phipps, Jason Melcado (hidden), Scotty Freeman, Gabriel “Chino” Whitford, Michael “HM” Lovett, Eugene “Scooby” Brown, and Irvin Hines.

Courtesy of Salty Xi Jie Ng

 

  

  • At least 12 people have died since 2004 after they breathed in the spores of an exotic fungus that lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley forests. New research suggests the tropical fungus traveled to the Pacific Northwest about 100 years ago on ships carrying cargo through the Atlantic Ocean. We talk with researcher Dave Engelthaler about the discovery.

 

  

 

  

  • The rate at which Oregonians in their 20s and 30s are starting their own household is continuing to drop. That’s according to a new state economic analysis. If those people weren’t living at home or with roommates, the housing crisis would be even worse. We talk with state economist Josh Lehner about how this national trend is playing out in Oregon. 

 

  

  • A bill that would allow banks and financial institutions to serve the cannabis industry passed the U.S. House last month. But in the meantime, the $10 billion industry is forced to cobble together a variety of unstable systems in order to do business. OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes has been looking into it.

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