Category Archives: OPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Planned I-5 Freeway Widening Project In Portland Keeps Taking Hits

Rising costs and social and environmental concerns are putting a harsher spotlight on the project to widen Interstate 5 near Portland’s Rose Quarter. Three years ago, the proposed freeway widening project near Portland’s Rose Quarter was a jewel in the crown of a landmark transportation bill passed by Oregon Legislators. Source: Planned I-5 Freeway Widening […]
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Big Out-Of-State Donations Have Oregon Lawmakers Mulling ‘Pay-To-Play’ Law

Legislators say they’ll investigate cracking down on gifts from possible state contractors. Reporting from OPB showed law firms vying for state business have become major political donors. Source: Big Out-Of-State Donations Have Oregon Lawmakers Mulling ‘Pay-To-Play’ Law . News | OPB

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Droped To Historic Low In December 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in December, the lowest on record dating back to 1976 according to the Oregon Employment Department. Source: Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Droped To Historic Low In December 2019 . News | OPB

Land Purchase Protects Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine From Development

A large portion of the moraine that frames Eastern Oregon’s iconic Wallowa Lake has been purchased and protected from development. A public-private partnership that includes Wallowa County, two nonprofit organizations and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spent more than a decade arranging the purchase. Source: Land Purchase Protects Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine From Development . News | OPB

Where Have All The NW’s Wolverines Gone? Apparently Not On The Endangered Species List.

Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. Source: Where Have All The NW’s Wolverines Gone? Apparently Not On The Endangered Species List. . News | OPB

Oregon Graduation Rates Hit 80%, An All-Time High. Here’s The Story In 6 Districts.

Oregon’s graduation rate has hit 80%, an all-time high. But the story is about more than the numbers. Source: Oregon Graduation Rates Hit 80%, An All-Time High. Here’s The Story In 6 Districts. . News | OPB

Jeremy Christian Trial | Census 2020 | Native American Businesses – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The 2020 census is still a few months away from arriving at households across the country, but efforts to get the word out about the census is underway in many states. Oregon has spent nearly $8 million on outreach efforts to historically undercounted communities. We Count Oregon is working to ensure that those communities are […]
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Climate Change Lawsuit | Tuition Freeze Program | Labor Trafficking – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit was dismissed by an appeals court. The University of Oregon is considering a program that would allow incoming undergraduate students to lock in their tuition amount for five years. Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has created a new task force to address labor abuse. Source: Climate Change […]
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‘OPB Politics Now’: A 2020 Legislative Session Preview

The Oregon legislature returns to work in a few weeks, and their agenda is packed. Climate change, campaign finance changes — and maybe tolls in Portland. Source: ‘OPB Politics Now’: A 2020 Legislative Session Preview . News | OPB

Oregon Task Force To Tackle The Use Of The Controversial Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

An advisory committee is considering limits on the use of a controversial pesticides. Last year, both the Trump Administration and Oregon lawmakers chose not to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to developmental and health problems with those who have become exposed to it. The pesticide is mainly used on Christmas trees, leafy greens, […]
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