Local Voices

Local Voices

Where local voices come to discuss the events, news, and community issues that matter to Oregonians and Washingtonians.

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May 15, 2022 29 min
Former Portland Mayor Bud Clark is being honored with a memorial service on Sunday. Climate and environmental experts at Oregon State University update the drought and wildfire status in the state. Former University of Oregon football player Keanon Lowe has written a book that details how he stopped a student armed with a gun at Parkrose High School in 2019.
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The City of Portland marks Missing and Murdered Indigenous People's Day for the fifth year, and updates what the city is doing. Mental health professionals bring advice of parents on how to help their kids following the pandemic. Your backyard fire pit could be smoking out your neighbors and causing them health problems.
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An organization in Portland is helping a growing number of under-represented entrepreneurs get their businesses started. The Portland Water Bureau adds a facility to help reduce lead in the water of some homes. The Portland Old Down Community Association is struggling to improve safety and attracted businesses and their customers to the area.
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April 24, 2022 29 min
The Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash is back after being virtual for two years during the pandemic. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden explains his plan to make sure billionaires can't avoid income taxes. Oregon Health Authority Deputy Health Officer Dr. Tom Jeanne updates the pandemic and and how dealing with the virus is changing.
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April 17, 2022 29 min
There are ways to protect yourself from rising interest rates. An Oregon Congressman explains how marijuana decriminalization will help. Oregon search and rescue teams have tips on how to stay safe when exploring the state.
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Pride Industries has been helping people with disabilities find work for 55 years. The former director of the National Institute of Mental Health discusses what changes are needed to help people with mental health issues. Gas prices are taking a bite bout of budgets, but there are ways to ease impact.
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April 3, 2022 29 min
The Multnomah Dental Society is helping to organize a free health fair for kids. The City of Portland is expanding Portland Street Response to the entire city and seven days a week.
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You can help Ukrainian refugees when they arrive in the U.S. by helping Community Warehouse. Oregon State University professors discuss where the pandemic is going next. Tigard City Councilor John Goodhouse discusses issues important to America's mid-sized cities.
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March 22, 2022 29 min
The Oregon Legislature has extended funding for a project that uses motels and turns them into shelters for people who are homeless. Frederick Law Olmsted played a pivotal role in developing the Portland parks system. Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty explains how a pilot project that uses traffic calming items has helped reduce gun violence.
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March 13, 2022 29 min
Falls put 800,000 people into the hospital every year, and for elderly people they can often be prevented. Plus, Oregon's law banning real estate love letters is stopped by a judge.
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The Second Annual Oregon Diversity Legal Job Fair will be held March 9 and offers opportunities to enter the legal profession. The Sunshine Division expanded operations during the pandemic. Oregon health officials look at what's next after the mask requirement is lifted. Portland General Electric has advice on how to avoid utility scams.
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February 27, 2022 29 min
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and local law enforcement officials explain what's being done to reduce gun violence. Portland City Council considers a permanent ban on private fireworks. The Oregon Health Authority moves up the date to end the mask requirement.
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February 20, 2022 28 min
Washington Governor Jay Inslee sets a date to remove masks, but until then they continue to be used in public spaces and schools. ODOT details their plans to toll a section of I-205.
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February 13, 2022 28 min
The FBI has tips on how to avoid scams involving cryptocurrency. A Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could disrupt fuel distribution in Oregon and cause a massive natural disaster in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announces a decision to move homeless campers away from high crash corridors. Governor Kate Brown outlines her priorities. The Portland Fire Bureau will have to wait at least a year to ask voters to approve a $147-million bond. An international expedition is heading into the Pacific Ocean to learn about the mysteries of salmon.
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Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines updates the status of COVID-19 and the Omicron surge in cases. Dr. Blythe Layton, with Clean Water Services, explains how their COVID-19 wastewater testing program is finding COVID-19 before people know they have it. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden updates efforts to control prescription drug prices for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.
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January 23, 2022 29 min
OSU experts discuss the widespread impacts of COVID-19. A COVID-19 effect on hospitals is leaving some people with out-of-network health insurance bills. The Portland Rose Festival is making an in-person comeback from the pandemic this summer.
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January 16, 2022 29 min
Portland City Council remembers the life of Beatrice Gilmore and her contributions to Portland's African American community, health care, and housing. Washington Governor Jay Inslee details priorities in his State of the State address. Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announces an expansion of BIKETOWN!
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January 9, 2022 29 min
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing cases to soar in Oregon.
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January 2, 2022 29 min
New federal legislation will help prevent surprise medical bills. An Oregon Congressman says now is the time to move forward with legalization of marijuana.
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