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Charter reform advocates and opponents make the...
Supporters and an opponent joined Straight Talk to discuss the November ballot measure that could radically reshape Portland's city government.
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Oregon hospitals in crisis
A 'perfect storm' of staff shortages, financial struggles and inability to discharge patients have created what hospital officials call an 'existential crisis.'
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Portland on track to open the remaining Safe Re...
City Commissioner Dan Ryan said staff are starting to see results, with 23 people transitioning from existing villages to permanent housing in the past 3 months.
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After years of fighting to bring down prescript...
It's an especially sweet victory for Oregon's senior Senator, who is widely seen as the architect of the measure that will allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
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Merkley lauds Inflation Reduction Act for tax e...
The sweeping $750 billion bill passed the Senate Sunday after a marathon amendment process and passed the House Friday.
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Clackamas County clerk who oversaw primary ball...
In her first run for office, Sherry Hall's opponent, Catherine McMullen, said she wants to restore trust and accuracy in the county's elections process.
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Leading candidates for Washington's 3rd Distric...
Incumbent Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is facing challengers from the left and right in what may be her toughest primary since first winning office in 2010.
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'A Donation Conversation' documentary highlight...
Donate Life Northwest executive director Jackie Wirz joins Aimee Adelmann, executive producer of the new documentary 'A Donation Conversation,' to discuss the importance of organ donation.
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Oregon abortion care advocates discuss impact o...
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Oregon prepares to welcome the world for the Wo...
Travel Oregon estimates direct spending by athletes, teams and fans could range from $50 million to $200 million.
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Vancouver Senator advocates for electronic moni...
State Sen. Lynda Wilson discusses how to get more jurisdictions to use the tools provided by the Tiffany Hill Act.
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Oregon advocates offer support for transgender ...
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Gun rights advocate and Oregon candidate for go...
Johnson discusses why she's running for governor as an unaffiliated candidate and her position on issues important to Oregonians, including gun safety measures.
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Beaverton mayor Lacey Beaty calls for gun contr...
Beaty, a combat veteran, said following the mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, she believes it's time for the nation to pass what she called "reasonable gun control measures."
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Political analysts predict Oregon governor’s ra...
KGW political analyst Len Bergstein and Republican strategist Rebecca Tweed discuss their takeaways on the election results and their thoughts about the general election in November.
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Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan and leading...
In their pitch to Portland voters, Ryan pointed to his experience and said now is not the time to elect a newcomer to politics, while McCreary said Portland needs change and new leaders.
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Four Republican candidates face off in Oregon g...
Bridget Barton, Jessica Gomez, Bud Pierce and Stan Pulliam answered questions on the issues of homelessness, crime, education and more.
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Leading Democratic candidates for Oregon govern...
This episode of "Straight Talk" includes excerpts from Tina Kotek and Tobias Read as they debated how to tackle homelessness and gun violence, what they would do for rural Oregon, and how they would have handled the pandemic.
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Ann Curry reflects on her career, restoring tru...
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Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan takes ai...
The Oregon Secretary of State's office is on the offensive in an effort to reassure Oregonians they can feel confident in the safety and security of Oregon elections and to clear up any confusion voters may have about the process.
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Lawmakers call a $1.25 billion investment in Or...
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Oregon House Republican leaders give 2022 short...
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The race for Oregon's new 5th Congressional Dis...
Incumbent Congressman Kurt Schrader and challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner make their case to represent Oregon's newly drawn 5th Congressional District
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Oregon leaders call Intel's $20 billion expansi...
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New Oregon House leader Rep. Dan Rayfield refle...
Oregon Republicans say Democrats overreached on spending, but Rayfield said lawmakers met pressing needs of Oregonians and kept a record amount of funds in reserves.
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Race for Portland auditor is contested for the ...
For the first time since 1986, Portland has a contested race for city auditor.
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Business leaders say Portland region at 'inflec...
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Straight Talk: Rep. Peter DeFazio reflects on 3...
Peter DeFazio is the longest serving House member in Oregon history and the 65th longest in U.S. history. He was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk to reflect on his congressional career and his plans for retirement.
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Long-term care facilities are facing a staffing...
Long-term care executive Phil Fogg is calling on the U.S. to treat the workforce shortage in health care as a national crisis.
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Ways to give back this holiday season
Bloodworks Northwest is calling on Washington and Oregon residents to give blood this holiday season as the nationwide shortage continues. We also talk to Josh Schreck with the KGW Great Toy Drive about this year's effort to support the community. Invest...
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Behavioral health challenges and the homeless c...
Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan joined Oregon Recovers co-founder and director Mike Marshall and Oregon State Representative Tawna Sanchez (D-District 43) on this week's episode to discuss behavioral health and homelessness in Oregon.
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Multnomah County Chair says progress is being m...
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury joined Laural Porter on Straight Talk to discuss the city's homeless crisis and progress being made, thanks in part to Metro's supportive housing bond that passed in 2020. Homeless service providers Mercedes Elizald...
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer talks COP26 climate summit...
Congressman Earl Blumenauer says he's optimistic the planet can slow global warming. He recently attended the global climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland and joined Laural Porter on Straight Talk to discuss climate change and his new report on prepari...
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Juvenile offenders could be released early unde...
Gabe Newland with the Oregon Justice Resource Center and Marion County DA Paige Clarkson joined Laural Porter to discuss the pros and cons of clemency for offenders convicted as teens.
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People for Portland is trying to hold elected o...
Political strategists Dan Lavey and Kevin Looper usually find themselves on opposing sides of an issue. Lavey served as strategist for former Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, and advises Oregon business interests.  Looper is a long-time Democratic c...
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Landlords and tenants frustrated with rent assi...
Kim McCarty represents 6,000 low-income tenants across the state. As the executive director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, McCarty said their office receives hundreds of calls from tenants who have lost their employment benefits and are still not ...
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How do we address the gun violence across Portl...
Portland Police Sergeant Ken Duilio, Lakayana Drury, founder of the nonprofit Word Is Bond, and Multnomah County's Chief Deputy District Attorney Kirsten Snowden were guests on this week's episode of "Straight Talk" to discuss what's behind the gun viole...
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Portland voters have a once in a decade opportu...
It was 1913 when Portland voters first decided the city would have a commission form of government with city council members elected at large. Now, 108 years later, Portland is the only large city in the U.S. to still have the unique system of government...
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Sunrise Movement PDX calls on Oregon leaders to...
Youth climate activists Adah Crandall and Cassie Wilson discuss the growing climate crisis and what they want Oregon leaders to do about it. Specifically, they talk about the recent climate protests and their objections to the I-5 Rose Quarter expansion ...
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Commissioner Dan Ryan promises urgent action on...
Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan discusses the new "Safe Rest Village" project, the surge in gun violence and his plan to run for re-election in 2022.
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Addressing the humanitarian crisis on Portland‘...
Blanchet House Director Scott Kerman is calling for innovation, bold action and teamwork as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens the crisis on Portland's streets. Also, Terry Leckron-Myers with the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO) joins...
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Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘...
Greg Johnson, the leader of the Interstate Bridge Replacement project, and Joe Cortright, a Portland economist opposed to replacing the bridge, discuss the latest bridge project and concerns about the cost, tolling and congestion. 
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Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by chang...
In a wide-ranging interview, Sen. Ron Wyden discusses a number of issues like the Afghanistan withdrawal, the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation he authored to eliminate dozens of current tax credits and replace them with provisions that would move the co...
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Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer's de...
Multnomah County Chair Kafoury, Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines and Deputy Chief of Multnomah County Emergency Management Alice Busch were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk to reflect on the deadly heat wave and explore wa...
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Black community leaders in Portland push for sl...
Oregon state Sen. Lew Frederick, Cameron Whitten, co-founder of the Black Resilience Fund and founder of the nonprofit Brown Hope, and Dr. Carmen Thompson, a historian and visiting scholar in the Black studies department at Portland State University, dis...
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Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visi...
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Eugene, Springfield, and Corvallis this week to highlight how the president's vision would improve traffic safety, make historic investments to help cut carbon pollution and make everyday Americans' live...
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The pandemic's impact on those struggling with ...
The Centers for Disease Control reported a record number of overdose related deaths during the pandemic and several studies showed binge drinking increased during that same time.  This week, Straight Talk covered addiction and the impact the pandemic has...
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Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer: bipartisan infrast...
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) has said he has waited his entire congressional career for an opportunity to participate in a sweeping infrastructure plan like the one President Biden has proposed. Blumenauer was a guest this week on Straight Talk...
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NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof blames many of P...
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about human rights, women's rights, and global affairs. He also has a unique perspective on his home state of Oregon and in Portland. In this episode of Straight Talk, La...
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NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof reflects on grow...
New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof has been called the "Indiana Jones of journalists" for the dangerous places he's reported from around the world; genocide in Darfur, the massacre in China's Tiananmen Square, and war and human sufferin...
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Portland Parks leaders thank voters and look fo...
When the pandemic forced Portland Parks and Recreation to close community centers, swimming pools, and recreation programming, that also meant a hit to revenues. Portland voters came to the rescue in November 2020, passing a five-year operating levy. Por...
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From Portland to Zimbabwe, nonprofits innovate ...
Three generations living together in a connected community, peers helping others experiencing homelessness, and grandmothers trained to offer counseling to people suffering from depression: from Portland to Zimbabwe nonprofits are innovating ways to deli...
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Tax Day: What do your federal and state taxes p...
Tax Day comes a month later than usual in 2021. The IRS extended the filing and payment deadline to May 17 to allow people more time because of difficulties posed by the pandemic. On Straight Talk, former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, economis...
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Twenty years of Gleevec: The impact of the life...
Before 2001, a diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia was almost certainly terminal. But a breakthrough drug pioneered by a doctor at OHSU changed that and made the rare cancer treatable, saving thousands of lives.  Dr. Brian Druker, chairman of OHSU'...
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Multnomah County tackles racism as a public hea...
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners has declared racism as a public health crisis, in an attempt to rebuild the county using a racial equity lens. Chair Deborah Kafoury and Multnomah County Interim Health Director Ebony Clarke were guests on this...
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KGW's Vaccine Team discusses reporting on the C...
Even as Oregon and Washington have expanded vaccine eligibility to everyone older than 16, the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations are going up. The Oregon Health Authority said this week, those numbers in some counties are beginning to look like ...
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Rep. Peter DeFazio set to shepherd President Bi...
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is king of the hill, at least Capitol Hill, when it comes to all things transportation and infrastructure. As the Chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio is considered the exper...
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Portland Muslim community leaders call for unit...
A human rights expert for the United Nations has said anti-Muslim hatred has reached epidemic proportions. Now as Ramadan begins, Portland Muslim community leaders are calling for unity against Islamophobia and all forms of hate.
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Stopping anti-Asian hate
Four Asian American women who are community leaders in Oregon discuss recent anti-Asian violence and how to stop it on this week's episode of "Straight Talk."
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One year later: Oregon health care leaders refl...
Three women who helped lead Oregon through the COVID-19 pandemic reflect on the past year, lessons learned and what’s ahead.
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Checking in with Portland's Street Response Team
The Portland Street Response Team, a non-police response to assist people in a behavioral or mental health crisis or experiencing homelessness, officially launched last month. Here's a look at how the program is going.
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Looking back on the February ice storm
This week's Straight Talk episode takes a look back at the winter storm in February that left many without power for more than a week, and takes a look ahead to see how we can keep ourselves safe when natural disasters strike in the future. KGW’s Dan Hag...
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Port of Portland’s future and impacts from the ...
The Port of Portland brings in nearly $6.5 billion a year to the region. Now, it’s looking to do some major overhauling through selling and repurposing properties to spread the wealth with people of color, the poor and marginalized. In this episode of St...
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Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt
Now in office for six months, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt discusses his criminal justice policies, how they’ve been applied during the Portland protests and riots in 2020, why he supports getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences and...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Portland...
This week's episode of "Straight Talk" examines the 2021 "State of the Economy" report with guests, Andrew Hoan, CEO of the Portland Business Alliance, John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest, and Michelle Neiss, president of DHM research. "I would phras...
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Oregon seniors feel forgotten and afraid during...
The pandemic has been difficult on everyone, but it has had a disproportionate impact on older adults. They're the most likely to contract COVID-19, to be hospitalized and to die.  According to the health policy group, KFF, adults 65 and older account fo...
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Mayors of Gresham, Beaverton and West Linn
The mayors of Gresham, Beaverton and West Linn all have something in common. They are first-term mayors who took office in January and are breaking barriers. Mayor Travis Stovall is the first Black mayor of Gresham, Oregon's fourth largest city. Mayor La...
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Bonus: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
In the bonus podcast episode, KGW's Dan Haggerty sits down for a one-on-one with Republican congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents Southwest Washington, to talk about the impeachment of President Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene being remo...
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How the pandemic has affected youth mental heal...
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of life. In the first segment this week, Jeff Carr, CEO of Albertina Kerr, discusses the impact the pandemic has had on youth mental health. In the second segment (14:30), Susannah Morgan, the CEO of the Or...
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Oregon, Washington school leaders on reopening
While many in Oregon and Washington eagerly await getting the COVID-19 vaccine, school leaders in both states are charting a course for schools to reopen even before everyone is vaccinated. The heads of public schools in Oregon and Washington believe it'...
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Portland commissioners Carmen Rubio, Mingus Mapps
Portland's two newest city commissioners, Mingus Mapps and Carmen Rubio, were sworn into office on Jan. 1 with big plans to move the city ahead in 2021. They discuss what they're working on and what they're hope to accomplish.
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Sen. Wyden on attack on the U.S. Capitol
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was on the Senate floor when members of a violent pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Wyden talked about the incident and called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office on this week's episode of ...
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Sen. Jeff Merkley
Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon is Laural Porter's guest on this week's episode of KGW's Straight Talk. Merkley discusses how Congress is working on potentially passing a COVID-19 relief bill that many Americans are desperate for. He also rea...
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COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon and concern for holi...
On this week's episode, Laural Porter takes a look at the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. She's joined by the CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), Becky Hultberg, and the chief executive of Providence Portland Medical Cente...
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2020's impact on Street Roots and Portland busi...
In this week's episode of Straight Talk with Laural Porter, she talks with Street Roots executive director Kaia Sand and staff members Raven Drake and Gary Barker about how the nonprofit, which supports the homeless, has been getting by during the pandem...
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Oregon nonprofit sees success in getting women ...
The first Black member and first Muslim member of the Washington County Commission and Mayors-elect of West Linn and Beaverton went through Emerge Oregon training. Emerge Oregon counts among its successful graduates, Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, ...
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Portland Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps; Gresh...
On this week's episode of Straight Talk, Laural Porter is joined by Portland Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps, who talks about his victory and what he hopes city council can achieve moving forward. Laural is also joined by Travis Stovall and Eddy Morales,...
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Oregon's 4th District: Peter DeFazio v. Alek Sk...
Longtime Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio is facing Republican challenger Alek Skarlatos in a race that has received national attention.
24 min
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Washington congressional race: Herrera Beutler ...
Southwest Washington's 3rd Congressional District holds the unique distinction of being the only district touching the Pacific Ocean that is held by a Republican. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has served the district since 2010 and is hoping to win a sixth ...
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Portland mayoral debate: Wheeler vs. Iannarone
 In a Portland mayoral debate hosted by KGW and the Oregonian, incumbent Ted Wheeler tried to make his case to voters to let him lead the city for four more years, while challenger Sarah Iannarone pushed for progressive policies and a fresh start in loc...
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Portland City Council runoff race: Eudaly vs. M...
For Portlanders, one of the most important issues on the ballot is the runoff election for city council between incumbent Chloe Eudaly and challenger Mingus Mapps. We talk with both candidates about how they can help tackle Portland's biggest issues.
24 min
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Climate change and Oregon’s historic wildfires
This week on Straight Talk, three associate professors at Portland State University, Paul Loikith, Max Nielson-Pincus and Andres Holz, analyze the historic wildfires that devastated parts of Oregon, climate change’s role in the fires and what can be done...
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Portland’s never-used Wapato Jail set to open a...
Two men. One dream. Their partnership could mean a new beginning for hundreds of people living on the streets of Portland. Jordan Schnitzer and Alan Evans, the CEO of the nonprofit Helping Hands, are about to do something most everyone else had given up ...
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Portland activist Cameron Whitten, Reed College...
In this week’s episode of Straight Talk with Laural Porter, Portland activist Cameron Whitten says Portlanders should be asking when the suffering of their Black neighbors will end. Also, Reed College professor Paul Gronke says to get ready for a long el...
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Strategies to navigate work and school from home
As the pandemic stretches into six months, more than two-thirds of employees working from home are experiencing symptoms of burnout, according to a survey from online employment platform Monster. The problem seems to be growing. The number of people repo...
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Portland commissioner-elect Dan Ryan, businessm...
This week's guests include Dan Ryan, who this week won a special election to fill the late Nick Fish's seat on Portland City Council. He discusses the ongoing protests and what he hopes to bring to the council. Also, Portland businessman and philanthropi...
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Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone on p...
Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone positions herself as a more progressive alternative to incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is seeking his second term. She's made police accountability a major part of her platform, and has joined protesters on num...
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on protests, federal...
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was once overheard saying he couldn't wait for the next 24 months to be over, and the end of his first term as mayor. That was in November 2018 after a health coalition forum where he was heckled. Fast forward to today and bein...
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Loretta Smith, Dan Ryan make their case for Por...
Portland voters will decide between longtime political insider Loretta Smith and political newcomer Dan Ryan, who calls himself a change agent, as the next commissioner on Portland City Council. The winner in the Aug. 11 special election will take the la...
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Commissioner Hardesty on Portland protests, pol...
For the first time, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said she is open to heading up the Portland Police Bureau. Traditionally, the mayor has taken on that role, and Mayor Ted Wheeler currently heads the bureau. Hardesty, who is pushing for poli...
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Where Oregon stands in the coronavirus pandemic
All of Oregon has begun gradual reopening over the last month. At the same time, cases of COVID-19 have also increased to their highest levels during the months-long pandemic. Dr. Dean Sidelinger from the Oregon Health Authority analyzes where Oregon is ...
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COVID-19 in Oregon’s prisons, and food insecuri...
In this week’s episode of Straight Talk, we examine the impact COVID-19 is having on Oregon’s prisons, and calls to release inmates to reduce the risk of transmission. We also take a look at how the pandemic is affecting food insecurity. KGW anchor Maggi...
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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici on why child car...
No child care. No economic recovery. That's the bottom line for Oregon first district Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici when it comes to reopening the economy and recovering from the pandemic. Bonamici was a guest this week on KGW's current affairs show, "S...
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Sen. Jeff Merkley on George Floyd's death, coro...
In this week's Straight Talk with Laural Porter, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley addresses George Floyd's death, the protests across the country and the coronavirus pandemic. He's proposing a bill that would create a national database to keep track of police of...
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Multnomah Co. DA-elect Mike Schmidt, homeless s...
On this week’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter, Multnomah County District Attorney-elect Mike Schmidt discusses reform he would like to see in the criminal justice system and reacts to the death of George Floyd. Then, Laural shifts to the passage of a h...
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Kurt Schrader, Mark Gamba make final pitches in...
Oregon's primary is on May 19. One of the big races is the Democratic primary for Oregon's fifth congressional district. Rep. Kurt Schrader is seeking reelection but faces challenger Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. The two make their case to voters on this w...
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During pandemic, communities asked to be watchf...
The non-profit, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, is working to try to help stabilize and support Oregon families, and protect children at risk for abuse and neglect during the coronavirus pandemic.The PCAO executive d...
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Secretary of State candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner
This week, former congressional candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner joins host Laural Porter to talk about her qualifications for Oregon Secretary of State, which is next in succession to the governor. McLeod Skinner is one of three democrats vying for the po...
13 min
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Oregon Secretary of State candidates Shemia Fag...
One of the most competitive races in Oregon’s May 19 primary is the Democratic race for secretary of state. Three candidates are vying for the chance to take on the winner of the Republican primary in this November’s general election. State Sen. Shemia F...
24 min
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Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Education head Colt Gill
This week’s guests with Laural Porter are Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Oregon Education head Colt Gill. Wyden talks about what he and Congress are doing to help people and businesses get through this economic downfall, and why he thinks it’s time for th...
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