Oregon Ducks basketball players huddle during the first half of an NCAA Tournament game against South Dakota State on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Oregon won 63-53.

Oregon Ducks basketball players huddle during the first half of an NCAA Tournament game against South Dakota State on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Oregon won 63-53.

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  • Should high-income homeowners and people who own more than one home continue to get tax breaks? Some Democratic lawmakers in Salem want to get rid of Oregon’s mortgage interest deduction for people who own second homes and for those who earn more than $250,000 a year. Republicans who oppose the change say it opens the door to eliminating a tax break that is key to incentivizing home ownership. We hear from Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, and Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond.

 

  

  • Although the University of Oregon women’s basketball team made it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament for the first time this year, fans can’t buy replica jerseys with the athletes’ numbers. Some fans have started a petition asking Nike to start making women’s replica jerseys. Lori Shontz, a University of Oregon journalism instructor and former sports reporter, tells us what the conversation about jerseys says about the support for women’s sports. 

 

  

  • Julie Esparza Brown has devoted her career to education. She’s an associate professor in the Special Education Department at Portland State University. And since 2015, she has served on the Portland Public Schools board. Esparza Brown recently announced that she won’t run for a second term on the board. We talk with her about what the past four years have been like and what it has meant to her to be the only person of color on the PPS board.

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