The Oregon Senate convenes at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. Not all Republican senators returned to work after a nine-day walkout, but enough came to achieve quorum.

The Oregon Senate convenes at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. Not all Republican senators returned to work after a nine-day walkout, but enough came to achieve quorum.

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  • Republican state senators returned to the Oregon Capitol to wrap up the 2019 legislative session over the weekend. Lawmakers worked at breakneck speed to pass dozens of bills, including many priorities for Democrats. The cap-and-trade bill that spurred Republican senators to walk out never made it to the floor, but lawmakers approved paid family medical leave, increased density in single-family neighborhoods and new restrictions on diesel trucks. They also referred a tobacco tax hike and a campaign finance cap to voters. OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart fills us in on the dramatic end of the 2019 legislative session.

 

  

  • Computer scientists at Oregon State University say they have a solution for something most people don’t even know is a problem: gender bias in software. They say most software is more tailored for men. They are trying to change that with “GenderMag.” We talk to one of the developers, a distinguished professor in the department of computer science at OSU, Margaret Burnett.

 

  

  • Seventeen years ago, Cornelius Swart released a documentary depicting the early stages of gentrification in the Albina community. Long-time residents of the community Bri Williams and her mother Nikki Williams were subjects in the film. Swart’s documentary “Priced Out” revisits Bri Williams and the community to see how gentrification has grown and evolved. “Priced Out” is showing Tuesday night on OPB TV. Today we listen back to a conversation with Williams and Swart.

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