Oregon

Malheur County
7:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs

Malheur County, in southeast Oregon, is one of the poorest counties in the country.
Photo by David Benbennick Wikimedia Commons

Malheur County has the highest poverty rate in Oregon and the tenth highest in the U.S. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amanda Peacher spoke with some of the county’s low-income residents, and filed this report on how they’re making ends meet.

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Oregon Death Penalty
6:40 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Says Haugen Can Reject Execution Reprieve

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will likely appeal a decision made Friday that a death row inmate can reject a reprieve. Last fall Kitzhaber issued a temporary moratorium on executions in Oregon just two weeks before two-time murderer Gary Haugen was scheduled to die. Haugen challenged the reprieve in court, saying he wants to be put to death.

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Olympic Runner
6:37 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Galen Rupp Takes Silver in the Olympic 10k

Galen Rupp after the US Olympic Trials in Eugene.
Photo by Jes Burns KLCC

Good news for Northwest track athletes at the London Olympics. U of O grad Galen Rupp made history Saturday in the men's 10,000 meters, winning silver. KLCC’s Jes Burns has the story.

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Oregon Student Imprisoned
4:50 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Springfield, Ore., Student Imprisoned In Sudan

Rudwan Dawod was arrested and imprisoned last month in Sudan.
Sudan Sunrise

A Lane Community College student was arrested last month in Sudan during a peaceful student protest. The President of LCC is urging public support to help get him out of prison and back home to Oregon.

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Oregon Economy
5:58 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Oregon's Economy Continues Uneven Recovery

Oregon's economy showed mixed recovery in May. Most of the state's metropolitan regions continued to struggle, but the Portland area showed real progress. KLCC's Jes Burns reports.

The University of Oregon's Regional Economic Index for May found that Portland outperformed the rest of the state. Oregon Economic Forum Director Tim Duy says that area is once again growing at the average rate of the last 14 years.

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Oregon Alzheimer Plan
5:43 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Oregon Unveils Alzheimer Plan

The state unveiled its new plan to coordinate and improve care for people with Alzheimer's Monday.

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Rainwater Collection
5:55 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Southern Oregon Man Sentenced to Jail Time For Illegal Rainwater Reservoirs

Collecting rainwater can get you in legal trouble in Oregon. A court has sentenced a southern Oregon man to 30 days in jail, and a fine, for maintaining 3 illegal reservoirs on his property. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Obama Oregon Fundraiser
5:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Obama Holds Campaign Fundraiser In Oregon

President Barack Obama
Photo courtesy U.S. White House

President Barack Obama returned to Oregon yesterday for a brief campaign fundraising swing. When candidate  Obama swept through Oregon in 2008, a huge crowd packed Portland's waterfront for a sunny rally that became one of the memorable images of that year's campaign. But the closed fundraiser at the Oregon Convention Center was different kind of affair. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Ice Cream Truck Business
4:30 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

With Few Prospects, College Duo Start Summer Business With A Twist

Two University of Oregon seniors are playing their hand by mixing ice cream and Dubstep -- a kind of electronic dance music.
Trevor Mathwick and Taylor Robart

This summer, college seniors looking for jobs are low on options. In fact, government statistics show that more than half of recent college graduates are either unemployed or working jobs that don’t require college degrees.

Two seniors at the University of Oregon decided to stop waiting for conventional jobs. Instead, they set out to create a new version of one of America’s staple summertime businesses.

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