A homeless encampment perched along Southbound I-5, Jan. 20, 2022.

Cities continue to pass homeless camping ordinances

Three years ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that punishing people for sleeping on the street amounts to cruel and unusual punishment if they have no place else to go. That case, Martin v. Boise, and others have since helped to shape the way that cities and municipalities approach homelessness.

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Sex trafficking survivors call for changes, more support

The Northwest Survivor Alliance was founded by survivors of sex trafficking. Members support each other and advocate for more services to help people deal with the trauma of their abuse. They say some progress has been made, but more is needed.


McKinney fire impacts Southern Oregon and Northern California

After weeks of canceled shows due to COVID-19, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival had to pivot once again to move shows indoors due to smoke from the McKinney fire. Nataki Garrett, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, tells us about how they're handling the challenges they face. Meanwhile, the McKinney fire blazed north of Karuk tribal homelands in Northern California and destroyed a building in Oak Knoll that housed the tribe’s archives. Josh Saxon, Executive Director of the Karuk Tribe, reflects on the fire's impact on the land and people who live there.

Oregon hospitals face rising costs and understaffing

COVID-19 hospitalizations may be far below their earlier peaks, but many Oregon hospitals are in serious trouble. Staffing shortages and a lack of skilled nurses mean that most hospitals in the state are nearing capacity. And rising costs have led to one of the worst financial quarters of the pandemic so far for some hospitals.

Portland dating profile reviewer offers free advice

Dating profiles rarely get a second opinion prior to going public. Sarah Ruby Armstrong believes that is many peoples’ first mistake when trying online dating.

Migration Brewing's Little Foot Red has half the carbon footprint of the brewery's traditional red beer.

Why three Washington breweries are suing Oregon

Three Washington-based breweries filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon late last month. They are challenging Oregon restrictions on shipping beer directly to consumers from out of state.

This 1911 house on Sherman street in Southeast Portland is scheduled for demolition. Neighbors worry the demolition will release toxic particles from the lead-based paint in the house.

Oregon Home Share matches seniors with spare room with those needing housing

When Gayle MacDonald decided to look for someone to share her home, she didn’t want it to be like another roommate situation she’d had before where everything was separate but under one roof. We hear her story and how Home Share Oregon helped matched her with her perfect roommate who was looking for housing she could afford.

Lane County nonprofit aims to build manufactured homes for affordable housing

Oregon is facing a housing shortfall of about 100,000 affordable units. A Eugene-based nonprofit says that need won’t be met by the private market, so they’re taking matters into their own hands. St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County plans to build its own manufactured homes in an old American Steel facility.

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