Category Archives: OPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Groups Seek To Take Oregon Redistricting Out Of State Legislature’s Hands .

A coalition of political and government watchdog groups wants to create a commission to redraw political boundary lines in Oregon following the 2020 census, taking the power out of lawmakers’ hands. Source: Groups Seek To Take Oregon Redistricting Out Of State Legislature’s Hands . News | OPB

Diabetes Medications In Oregon Are Double The Cost Of Drugs In Canada, 4 Times Higher Than In Australia

Diabetes medications in Oregon costs twice as much as in Canada – and more than four times as much as in Australia – according to a new report. Source: Diabetes Medications In Oregon Are Double The Cost Of Drugs In Canada, 4 Times Higher Than In Australia . News | OPB

Multnomah County Seeing Spike In People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

Marc Jolin, the director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, warned that the number of people who report being homeless for more than a year has grown — even as the county’s overall homeless population continues to hover around 4,000. Source: Multnomah County Seeing Spike In People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness . News | OPB

Scientists Discover Microplastics In Oregon Oysters And Razor Clams

Plastics are everywhere — including the stomachs of oysters and razor clams up and down the Oregon Coast. Several studies have shown that microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic that make up other larger plastic items, can make their way into fish, crustaceans, clams, oysters and ultimately into us, the people that eat them. […]
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Federal Lawsuit Aims To Kill Stalled Methanol Refinery Project Along Columbia River

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world’s biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state board required further environmental review. Source: Federal […]
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Illegal Cannabis Operations In Public Forests Are Poisoning Wildlife And Water

Water and wildlife in the nation’s public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal cannabis operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations. Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels, who take advantage of the forests’ […]
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Rain Could Help Poor Air Quality In Oregon, Southwest Washington

Poor air quality is continuing in much of Oregon and southwest Washington, but more rain in the forecast could improve that. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory earlier this week that has been extended until at least Tuesday. Source: Rain Could Help Poor Air Quality In Oregon, Southwest Washington . News | OPB

Oregon Supreme Court Rules Man Was Unlawfully Arrested By Beaverton Police

The Oregon Supreme Court concluded that a man was unlawfully arrested by Beaverton Police in 2014, in an opinion issued Thursday. Eric Kreis was arrested on the claims that he interfered with police by refusing to obey a “lawful order,” which the Oregon Supreme Court has now decided was not lawful. Source: Oregon Supreme Court […]
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50 Square Miles Of Central Oregon Forest Go Up For Sale

About 50 square miles of Central Oregon is for sale. Highway 20 between Bend and Sisters offers views of the property bordering Deschutes National Forest. The asking price: $127 million. The figure dwarfs previous sale prices for the 33,000-acre tree farm and recreational area known as Bull Springs Skyline Forest. Source: 50 Square Miles Of Central Oregon Forest […]
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Federal Leaders Identify Potential Culprit For Vaping Illness

Federal health authorities think they’ve identified a potential culprit for the vaping illness that’s sickened thousands of people across the country. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ann Schuchat, said Friday their labs found vitamin E acetate in all samples taken from 29 patients across 10 states. Source: Federal Leaders […]
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