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The Oregon Small Satellite Project is working on a nano-satellite or “cubesat” to hand off to NASA to launch into space next year.

The Oregon Small Satellite Project is working on a nano-satellite or “cubesat” to hand off to NASA to launch into space next year.

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  • The Oregon Small Satellite Project is an ad hoc group of students and educators working on a nano-satellite or “cubesat” to hand off to NASA to launch into space next year. Andrew Greenberg is the faculty advisor for the Portland State Aerospace Society, the group heading up the project. He joins us to talk about the project and its mission.  

  • The state of Oregon is the latest public entity to file a lawsuit against the agriculture giant Monsanto over the company’s manufacture and distribution of the toxic chemicals known as PCBs. We talk to the company and the lawyer representing a number of other public entities making similar claims, including the state of Washington, the Port of Portland and the cities of Portland, Seattle and Spokane.
  • The Oregon District Attorneys association plans to roll out a campaign to back a ballot measure that would abolish non-unanimous juries from the state’s constitution. OPB reporter Conrad Wilson joins us to discuss. 
  • The new tax law introduced by Republicans includes an amendment that allows money in 529 college savings plans to be used not just for higher education, but also for K-12 private school tuition. Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, who oversees the state’s 529 plans, tells us what this means for Oregonians.

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