U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

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  • Sen. Jeff Merkley visited a tent encampment in Texas this weekend where about 2,700 migrant children are being held in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Ras and Kathy Vaughan found the Pacific Crest Trail a little too crowded. So, they came up with a new long-distance hike that would take them on smaller trails in a giant loop through Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. The couple just completed the loop and, for Kathy, it was the first time doing a long distance hike since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Oregon’s unique tax on bicycle sales has not brought in nearly as much revenue as lawmakers expected. Projections show that the $15 flat tax on some new bikes will bring in less than half of the $2.1 million originally projected for this biennium. BikePortland.org editor and publisher Jonathan Maus joins us to talk about the politics of bikes.

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