Category Archives: Audio/Visual

4-Year Community College Degrees

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney wants to make a major change to the structure of higher education in the state. Earlier this week, the state Senate unanimously passed Courtney’s bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees. Source: 4-Year Community College Degrees | ‘Good Hair’

Elder Care Audit  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We talk with Danielle Moreau, co-author of the latest audit of Oregon’s home care program for aging and disabled people. The state audit says the Department of Human Services has implemented some of its 2017 recommendations for improvement, but some work still needs to be done to improve the program. Source: Japanese Newspaper | Zebrafish | Elder Care Audit . Radio | […]
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Talking Business | Black Studies | Youth Villages – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A program called Youth Villages started in Tennessee more than 30 years ago. In that time, it has helped that state both improve the lives of foster kids and save the state money on the child welfare system. Its key features include providing services to kids and their biological families at home, supporting foster kids […]
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News Roundtable | Foster Care | Hermiston Nonprofit – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon doesn’t have enough placements for children in foster care. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable kids across state lines. And the facilities that many of those kids are going to are operated by a privately-run company that used to have a contract with Washington State. That contract was cancelled because of a […]
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As It Was: Roma, Also Known as Gypsies, Reach Oregon in 1890s

Oregon has a substantial population of Roma people, mostly in the Willamette Valley and around Portland. The Roma, also known as Gypsies, trace back to Northern India with tribes living primarily in Europe. The Roma emigrated from Europe to America in the 1850s. The earliest account of their presence in Oregon dates to 1893, when […]
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PHOTOS: Oregon’s 160th birthday celebrated with a look into its past

Community members celebrate Oregon’s 160th birthday at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Source: PHOTOS: Oregon’s 160th birthday celebrated with a look into its past

There were few major quakes in the Pacific Northwest over the last decade. Is that… normal?

Most people in the Pacific Northwest know we live in earthquake country. A new analysis published this week, however, notes that major quakes in the region have gone on a puzzling hiatus over the last decade. Former Pacific Northwest Seismic Network director Steve Malone analyzed the number of earthquakes over the past five decades in Washington state and Oregon. […]
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Steelhead runs at risk for extinction at Willamette Falls

One in four winter steelhead won’t make it past Willamette Falls on the Upper Willamette River because of savvy sea lions. Source: Steelhead runs at risk for extinction at Willamette Falls

Learning From Norway | Craft Brewing Business – OPB’s Think Out Loud

What can Oregon’s criminal justice system learn from Norway? Corrections officials and state lawmakers visited Norway a couple of years ago. And then last year, 14 Oregon corrections officials and officers visited a Norwegian prison in a unique kind of exchange program. Source: Learning From Norway | Craft Brewing Business

Housing Density | Disrupted Learning | Gray Whales – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would require cities to allow triplexes, cottage clusters and other “middle housing” options in single-family neighborhoods. Minneapolis is the first city in the country to vote for a plan allowing such housing to be built in neighborhoods zoned for single-family use. A new report on “disrupted learning” from […]
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