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For years, Julie Parrish ran a small business dedicated to finding the best coupon deals. And she was pretty good at it: She once bought 50 18-ounce jars of Skippy peanut butter for 17 cents each. She still tweets using the handle @hotcouponmama.

UPDATE (Jan. 10, 7:45 p.m. PST) — The Oregon District Attorneys Association plans to roll out a campaign in the coming weeks to back a ballot measure that would abolish non-unanimous juries from the state's constitution.

"We want to get it right," said Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill on Wednesday. "We want people to both actually believe that the system is fair and balanced and have perceptions of that fair and balance."

The fact that prosecutors are backing the initiative surprised many justice reform advocates Wednesday.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family essentially won their fight against the federal government this week — at least for now.

The Bundys came out of two federal trials as free men. They had faced conspiracy, weapons and other charges after the 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, and the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon. 

With Monday's mistrial ruling by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Nevada, Bundy supporters and opponents are looking ahead to next steps for the so-called patriot movement. 

Has the #MeToo movement gone too far or not enough?

Jan 10, 2018

France's most revered actress, Catherine Deneuve, declared Tuesday that men should be "free to hit on" women, condemning a new "puritanism" she claimed has been sparked by sexual harassment scandals.

She was one of around 100 French women writers, performers and academics who wrote an open letter in Le Monde deploring the wave of "denunciations" that has followed claims that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed women over decades.

A 23-year-old civil rights activist from Alabama named John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom led by Martin Luther King Jr, delivering a fiery speech to hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered on the Washington Mall.

The Archive Project - Jeffrey Eugenides and Danzy Senna

Jan 10, 2018

In this episode, Jeffery Eugenides and Danzy Senna discuss their most recent works. "Fresh Complaint," Eugenides’s first collection of short stories, centers on people in the midst of crises—both personal and political. In Senna’s "New People" we meet a self-identified “mulatto” couple as they navigate the messy realms of love, race, and identity. Both works fearlessly approach the realm of the taboo with a humor and tenderness that renders them utterly human.

A year ago, President Donald Trump was getting ready to take office and scientists and hackers around the world were backing up US environmental data before he did.  

Canadian researcher Michelle Murphy summed up the fears of many environmental scientists who relied on that data for their work.

A lot of jokes start with the line “a man walks into a bar.” But in Canada, it’s a case of “a bar runs into a man.” Only this is no joke.

The bar Morrissey House in London, Ontario, has become the center of a gender discrimination complaint from an area man.

The man — who has not been named — complained to Morrissey House owner Mark Serre after the pub launched a new promotion.

The promotion offers a 13 percent discount on food to women on Monday nights. No discounts are allowed on alcohol in Ontario.

Yassi Ashki left Iran seven years ago, and she came to the US to study. When she first got to the Indiana University campus, she noticed two things. 

First, "They were all wearing Uggs and pajamas," and at the health clinic, "there was a huge box of free condoms [...] and so many pamphlets about STDs."

Ashki took a couple of the pamphlets about sexually transmitted diseases home. Over the next couple of days, and after she'd gotten her own pair of Uggs and pajamas, she pored over the pamphlets. "I thought I knew everything," she recalls, "but I knew very little."

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government will temporarily halt a beaver-killing program in Oregon after environmental groups threatened a lawsuit alleging the practice hurts endangered fish species.

In a letter released by environmental groups Wednesday, the government says it will further study whether their actions violate the Endangered Species Act.

Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, intentionally killed 400 beavers in Oregon in 2016 because of concerns the animals were building dams that flooded agricultural fields and hurt timber land.

Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s misuse of wildfire preparedness funds after news reports revealed Zinke used the funds for unrelated travel.

UPDATE (Jan. 10, 1:44 p.m. PST) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they served audit notices Wednesday at nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide, including stores in Oregon, Washington and California.

ICE said it arrested 21 people who are suspected of being in the country illegally, though none of the arrests were in the Northwest.

The notices of inspections, known as I-9 audits, are used by ICE to ensure companies hire employees authorized to work in the United States.

Measure 101 - What It Does, And How Oregon Got To This Point

Jan 10, 2018

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Oregonian reporter Hillary Borrud joins us to discuss her article about the announcement that former first lady Cylvia Hayes violated ethics laws 22 times during her fiancé John Kitzhaber’s time as Oregon governor. Oregon ethics officials say Hayes used her public position for personal financial gain.


The Portland City Council wants Oregon's U.S. attorney to stand up to his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On Monday, the council sent a letter to Billy Williams, asking him to protect Oregon's growing legal cannabis market — and by extension states' rights.

Sessions took action last week to rescind the Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era policy that gave states leeway to create legal cannabis markets.

The official announcement landed early Monday morning. Vanessa Velasco received a 7 a.m. text from a friend, also from El Salvador. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will end a program that has allowed Velasco and her husband, her friend, and more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to work and live in the US without fear of deportation.

Velasco was not surprised. Neither was her husband.

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown on Tuesday ordered Malheur occupation leader Ryan Payne back into custody in Oregon. A day earlier, Payne and members of the Bundy family were handed a stunning legal victory in Las Vegas in a separate case.

Payne must report to the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Portland by noon Thursday, Brown ruled from the bench.

"We need to return him to the position he was in when he went to Nevada," Brown said during a court hearing Tuesday.

Social media and other technology companies operating in Germany could now face massive fines — up to 50 million euros ($60 million) — if they fail to promptly remove hate speech and other content from their platforms.

The German law — Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, or NetzDG for short — went into full effect on the first day of 2018 and applies to large companies with more than 2 million users, according to Bloomberg.

What do the North Koreans want?

Jan 9, 2018

They met, they talked, they issued a joint statement. And they will meet again. 

This is no small matter for North and South Korea, two countries that remain technically at war and whose peninsula in northeast Asia has been cause for global anxiety in recent months. 

The war of words between the North’s baby-faced dictator Kim Jong-un and the US's quick-tweeting President Donald Trump has raised the specter of a possible military confrontation that could conceivably include the use of nuclear weapons. 

The Port of Vancouver’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put an end date on a lease with Vancouver Energy, the company behind a controversial project to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the nation.

At the board’s first meeting of the year, commissioners set a deadline of March 31 for Vancouver Energy to have all necessary permits and licenses in place.

If the company fails to get its paperwork in order, the Port will allow its lease with the company to expire, essentially ending the project.

Oregon Measure 101: How Did We Get Here?

Jan 9, 2018

Measure 101 has its roots back in the era of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, the emergency room doctor who wanted to remake the way Oregon handles health care.

Kitzhaber's main legacy, beyond the scandal that ended his tenure as governor, is the expansion of health insurance for poor Oregonians in the form of the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid.

OSU Holds Student Vaccination Clinics For Meningococcal B

Jan 9, 2018

Oregon State University is holding mass vaccination clinics at its Corvallis campus to deal with a Meningococcal disease outbreak.

The clinics are part of an attempt by the university to control the spread of the disease, which has so far infected six students since November.

"We believe our students’ public health is very, very essential," said Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing for OSU.

Meet British fashion designer Tom Cridland.

“I’m really someone who had no fashion or business background. I’m a 25-year-old designer now, but I really got into the fashion world because I’ve always been entrepreneurial.”

Here’s his latest entrepreneurial idea: T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets that are guaranteed to last for 30 years. 

Among the casualties of the Portland region’s surging real estate market are the galleries, studios and performance spaces priced out of the central city. But Portland leaders are working on a series of policy changes intended to preserve this creative space.

Staff for Mayor Ted Wheeler and for commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Nick Fish collected two dozen best practices, based on case studies in other West Coast cities, from funding a city staffer to act as an arts concierge to establishing artist residencies in city buildings.

Mosul Dam could be scarier than ISIS

Jan 9, 2018

Amina Mohammed has lived in the village of Wana on the banks of the Tigris River her whole life. She was here during the years of Saddam Hussein and the US war. She’s even lived under ISIS.

“They surprised us one afternoon,” she says, recalling the day ISIS swept into Wana in 2014. “They just entered the village.”

Early last year, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pushed ISIS out of Wana with the help of US airstrikes.

But a potentially bigger threat looms just six miles upstream — the deteriorating Mosul Dam, which is holding back billions of cubic meters of water.

Five years ago, a massive tsunami hit the coast of Japan, killing nearly 16,000 people and leading to the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Tens of thousands of people are still displaced from homes near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and workers are using shovels and rakes to remove radioactive topsoil from towns that may never rebound from the devastation.  

Crews at the nuclear facility are building tanks to hold the tons of water that needs to be piped into the damaged reactors every day to keep nuclear material cool.

The satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is well-versed in the art of sarcasm and dark humor, to the point of upsetting many with controversial covers.

In their first issue this year, the weekly opens up about the trials of maintaining a publication that has been the target of deadly attacks and wonders how long they will be able to keep the lights on.

The Bundys Go Free In Nevada — And Their Dismissal Reverberates Across Oregon

Jan 8, 2018

A federal judge in Nevada Monday dismissed the criminal indictment against the Bundy family and one of their key supporters, dealing federal prosecutors and federal land management agencies an embarrassing rebuke.

In Oregon, the dismissal prompted both celebration and deep dismay.

The case stemmed from a 2014 standoff between members of the Bundy family, fellow ranchers, armed milita and the Bureau of Land Management.

Try to imagine the Portland skyline without the Oregon Convention Center’s glass towers, the KOIN Tower, the Multnomah County Justice Center, Waterfront Park or OMSI’s reimagined power plant — to say nothing of the beloved Portland International Airport and its Instagram-star carpet. It’s hard to do. And we have one man to thank for all of those, in addition to so many other Portland landmarks: Robert "Bob" Frasca.

California legalized marijuana on New Year’s Day.

But pot possession and use could still have dire effects for noncitizens and undocumented immigrants.

Marijuana is still illegal federally. And federal law controls immigration. 

“It’s really unfortunate,” says Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods. “For immigrants, anyone who is convicted of possession of over 30 grams of marijuana, whether here legally or not, will be deportable.”