Category Archives: Audio/Visual

Migrant Summer School – OPB’s Think Out Loud

In Medford, Oregon, a summer school program for migrant students has grown rapidly in recent years, with record enrollment this year. We hear more about the Medford School District’s migrant summer school on the last day of its high school program from Michael Torguson, Coordinator of Migrant Education at Central Medford High School, and student Evelyn Villa. […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: July’s Strong Job Growth in Oregon Eclipses the Unemployment Rate

In July, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 5,900 jobs, following a gain of 8,700 in June. Four of the major industries added more than 1,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the most, increasing by 2,400 jobs. In addition, strong hiring occurred in construction (+1,200 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,200), and retail trade […]
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Opioid Lawsuit | Eclipse Cell Coverage | Portland’s Tech Scene – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Multnomah County has announced that it is suing multiple pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of pushing doctors to over-prescribe opioids. The lawsuit is modeled after the lawsuits against the tobacco industry for deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking. Gaps in cellphone and internet coverage have long caused problems for some rural communities in Oregon. […]
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Where Have All The Franklin’s Bumblebees Gone? 

The last person who found Franklin’s bumblebee in the field isn’t giving up on the bee. He still makes an annual pilgrimage to Mount Ashland in hopes it will make an appearance once again. If an octogenarian entomologist could be a superhero, Robbin Thorp might be a good candidate. He moves slowly along the Pacific […]
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Redmond Homelessness – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Hundreds of homeless people living on the agricultural land east of Redmond may be displaced as the local government prepares to close roads and clean up the land, which has been the site of illegal dumping and illegal dirt roads. We talk to Barry Hebert, social services director for St. Vincent de Paul of Redmond, […]
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Teen Pregnancy Prevention – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The federal government has cut a five-year program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Jenny Withycombe was in charge of implementing the program for Portland Public Schools. Source: News Roundtable | Obesity And Prejudice | Teen Pregnancy Prevention . Radio | OPB

Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight

Two days after making a few general remarks about the opioid crisis, President Trump on Thursday called it “a national emergency” and said his administration would be drawing up papers to make it official. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” Trump told […]
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Opioid Epidemic Leads 6 States To Declare Public Health Emergencies

President Trump announced Thursday that his administration plans to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic. Six states have already taken this step. Public health officials and others concerned about the nation’s opioid crisis are hailing President Trump’s decision to declare it a national emergency. A Presidential commission on opioids said in […]
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Brown Deploys Resources To Help With Central Oregon Fire

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is sending aid to help fight a 34,000-acre wildfire on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon. Fire officials say the Nena Springs fire started Tuesday on private property next to the reservation. By Friday afternoon, the blaze had destroyed a handful of historic unoccupied structures. It’s threatening about 100 more structures. Source: […]
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Rural Economy | Sage Grouse Plans | Steelhead

Rural Oregon was hit harder by the recession than urban areas, and it is still recovering. Central Oregon regional economist Damon Rundberg shares a report showing that even after seven years of uneven economic recovery, Oregon’s rural counties remain below peak employment. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended changes to the way Oregon and other western […]
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