Tag Archives: Think Out Loud

Guns And Public Health – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University are hosting a community forum this Saturday about rethinking how we solve the problem of gun violence. Ryan Petteway, Alisha Moreland-Capuia, and Kimberely Dixon join us to talk about how thinking of gun violence as a public health issue offers new solutions to a difficult problem. Source: […]
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Disability Rights Lawsuit – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A class action lawsuit filed against the Oregon Department of Human Services claims the agency violated the constitutional rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities when it made some recent cuts to in-home services. We talk to two of the plaintiffs and a lawyer for Disability Rights Oregon, the advocacy group representing them in […]
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Distracted Driving – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon lawmakers are considering tightening the state’s distracted driving laws. Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson Tom Fuller and Rep. Andy Olson join us to talk about the proposed legislation. Source: Geek Love Exhibit | Distracted Driving | Syrian Photographer . Radio | OPB

Migrant College Program | Bridging The Budget Gap – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A program in Malheur County attempts to help migrant farmworkers go to college. We talk to Ricardo Buenrostro, the administrator of the program at Treasure Valley Community College. The Cascade Policy Institute recently released an economic report that contains recommendations for bridging Oregon’s 1.6 billion dollar budget gap, which includes pulling out of the Medicaid expansion […]
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Education Goals In The Oregon Legislature | Prison Lockdown | Oregon Dept. Of Energy

For the second time in a week, the Oregon State Penitentiary has been put on lockdown for a large fight involving multiple inmates. Craig Prins, Inspector General of the Department of Corrections, tells us about how the prison deals with such incidents. Lawmakers set out lofty aspirations in 2011, when they said that by 2025, they […]
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State Employee Healthcare Costs – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Saul Hubbard, legislative reporter for the Register-Guard newspaper, joins us to talk about a new frontier for lawmakers looking into cutting the government spending: the cost of government employee health care. Source: News Roundtable | State Employee Healthcare Costs | Eric Cain . Radio | OPB

Death With Dignity Report – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon Health and Science University professor Charles Blanke is the lead author of a report looking at the use of Oregon’s Death with Dignity act since it was enacted in 1997. Source: Death With Dignity Report | Elliott Smith Reissue | Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner . Radio | OPB

Housing Recovery | Self Driving Car Cities

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis finds that housing recovery in Oregon is still not complete when compared to the 1980s and 90s, which economist Josh Lehner says is due to a lag in construction of new homes and units. But, he says housing affordability is already beginning to level out nonetheless. Nico Larco with the […]
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Child Welfare Report – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Oregon Department of Human Services released a report last week that offered a grim look at the state’s child welfare system. Of 101 cases reviewed, social workers incorrectly determined children were safe in 47. Now, a bill has been proposed in hopes of improving the system. Senator Sara Gelser and Sarah Stewart, Deputy Director […]
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Office Of Outdoor Recreation – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Some outdoor enthusiasts want the lawmakers to create the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation, similar to what Utah, Washington, and Colorado already have. Mazamas executive director Lee Davis joins us to talk about what the new office would do. Source: Ducks In Final Four | Office Of Outdoor Recreation | News Roundtable . Radio | OPB