Category Archives: Audio/Visual

Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say. Source: Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pre-Paid Mail-In Ballots – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, tells us about his bill that would include paid postage for all Oregon ballots. Source: Pre-Paid Mail-In Ballots | Palindromes | Tides . Radio | OPB

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 4.0 Percent in February

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February. In February, the number of unemployed Oregonians dropped to about 82,000, […]
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Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again?

Two bills in the Oregon Legislature attempt to limit oil spills from trains running through the Columbia River Gorge. EarthFix reporter Tony Schick tells us more. Some Oregon lawmakers say pseudoephedrine should no longer be a Schedule III drug, requiring a prescription to obtain, but others argue that restricting access to to the decongestant is important […]
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The State Of “Sunshine” In Oregon

Sunshine Week leads us straight into spring, but it’s really not about the sun shining in the sky. Sunshine Week celebrates openness in government–the -metaphorical sun shining into the workings of the people’s business. Source: The State Of “Sunshine” In Oregon | Jefferson Public Radio

Climate Change Bills 

Democratic lawmakers in Salem have a majority, and one of the things they’re determined to do is pass climate change legislation — high on the list is a cap-and-trade system. Cassandra Profita joins us to tell us about the variety of bills under consideration. Source: Climate Change Bills | Music Of Grief | Consolidated Sports Marketing […]
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State Civil Rights Protections & Oregon Water Coalition

  Constitutional law scholar Jim Oleske with Lewis & Clark Law School joins us to address some of the state civil rights issues raised by the new Trump administration guidelines for transgender students and other cases. Irrigators in central and eastern Oregon should have plenty of water this summer, but drought will always be a worry. […]
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New I-5 Bridge? | Sea Grant Funding At Risk | Airbnb Lawsuit

The Columbia River Crossing project died after failing to gain the support of Washington legislators in 2013, but now lawmakers in Washington are pushing for a bill that would reexamine the issue of replacing the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver. According to a budget memo obtained by the Washington Post, The Trump administration is […]
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Portland To Resume Using Bull Run Water In Spite Of Parasite

The Portland Water Bureau plans to resume using the Bull Run watershed as its drinking water source this week. Source: Portland To Resume Using Bull Run Water In Spite Of Parasite . News | OPB

LCC asks board for funding in case state cuts Oregon Promise

This year, legislators are faced with making a decision on funding for Oregon Promise. It’s a state grant that helps community colleges and their students. Source: LCC asks board for funding in case state cuts Oregon Promise | KVAL