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The 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to igniting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge last September could be required to pay more than $36 million in restitution to 11 parties related to fire damage.

Judge John Olson did not reach a decision on how much to award in court and said he would issue a written order on the amount of restitution as early as Friday. 

The unnamed Vancouver, Washington, teen did not attend the restitution hearing in Hood River County Thursday morning. He was represented by his attorney Jack Morris.

Is the e-bike revolution ready to come to America?

May 17, 2018

I bike to work ... sometimes. I have a series of big hills — in each direction — that just kill me. So when I heard about a new, shiny red wheel born in the labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I was intrigued.

“Everything is contained within the red hub: the battery, the motor, all the sensors,” says Megan Morrow, with the company Superpedestrian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the maker of the “Copenhagen Wheel.”

The wheel is named for a challenge by the mayor of the Danish capital to get more people biking.

Politics | Recyling | Diversity Outdoors

May 17, 2018

The voter turnout rate in the May primary was just 33 percent. But Phil Keisling, director of the Center for Public Service at PSU says that is actually a triumph for Oregon. Also, we’ll get a preview of the upcoming special session of the legislature with OPB’s Dirk Vanderhart.

During their historic summit last month inside the demilitarized zone, Korean leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in grasped hands over the demarcation line that divides their countries.

Inspired by this gesture and the promise of long-awaited peace with their northern neighbor, some South Koreans are now reenacting that handshake at a replica of the Joint Security Area (JSA).

Oregon Governor's Tax Proposal Faces Criticism From All Sides

May 16, 2018

Gov. Kate Brown has said she’s calling a special session next week to correct a simple matter of unfairness in state tax policy. But the first public hearing on Brown’s proposal Wednesday suggested debate could be anything but simple.

In a hearing at the state Capitol, lawmakers, schools lobbyists and tax wonks alike offered criticisms for the governor’s plan to extend a roughly $11 million tax break to a segment of small businesses known as sole proprietors.

Whitney and Brittany Young met in chemistry class at Northwestern University. They fell in love, moved to Portland in their 20s and got well-paying jobs as software engineers.

As they approached their 30s, they decided it was time to have kids. But Brittany was born without a uterus.

“She went to talk to some doctors and found out that she has great quality eggs,” Whitney Young said, “and that if we were going to have a kid biologically, we would need to use a surrogate in order to have kids and do IVF.”

Oregonians enjoying spring weather may not know it, but they’re in the middle of a "war on melanoma."

It was started by Oregon Health And Science University back in 2014 — mainly because Oregon has one of the worst rates of skin cancer in the nation.

As Oregon Grows, So Does Its Demand For Ethnic Grocery Stores

May 16, 2018

In the small Eastern Oregon border town of Ontario, Djimet Dogo met with over 150 Congolese, Somali, Iraqi and Syrian refugees living there. They wanted to know: how can we open our own halal store here? Halal refers to food prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

They needed answers, as the closest store that sold halal groceries was across the Oregon-Idaho border — about 55 miles away — in Boise.

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Pretend boyfriends, arranged marriages, getting photographed by the paparazzi? These YA novelists don’t write your typical love stories. In Sandhya Menon’s "When Dimple Met Rishi," two first-generation Indian-American teens are set up by their parents in an arranged marriage, but the plans backfire when they are paired up at the same coding camp. In Zan Romanoff’s "Grace and the Fever," Grace is swept up in the world of the boy band she secretly loves and struggles to keep up her double life as she learns what really happens behind the scenes.

Last week, Spotify announced it was implementing a new policy in which it would stop promoting "hate content" and artists who engage in "hateful conduct" within its very powerful playlists and through its equally powerful suggestion algorithm. In the week since, the move has been greeted with celebration, derision and skepticism.

When an anti-LGBTQ candidate won the first round of presidential elections in Costa Rica, Vincenzo Bruno took to Facebook to denounce him.

“We are completely against Fabricio Alvarado, He doesn’t represent us, he doesn’t represent anyone in the LGBTQ community,” Bruno told his followers in Spanish. “No! No more abuse, no more hate, we reject him!”

Oregon Republicans named Knute Buehler their nominee for governor, Portland voters selected two historic candidates for a City Council runoff and the state has its next labor commissioner. 

On a special midweek episode of "OPB Politics Now," news director Anna Griffin and senior political reporter Jeff Mapes unpack the results of the 2018 primaries. 

Bend Approves Measure To Directly Elect Its Mayor

May 16, 2018

Bend residents will get to directly elect their mayor for the first time this November.

Voters approved Measure 9-118 Tuesday to amend the city charter and shift Bend away from mayors appointed by City Council to directly-elected ones.

"As cities grow up that's what they do. It's about time Bend did grow up and start acting that way. I'm super excited citizens agree," said Brent Landels, who sat on the city's charter review committee.

Curly hair is beautiful. That may not sound like an especially revolutionary or bold statement but it is for many women in Egypt. That's because they've been told all their lives to straighten their naturally curly hair, sometimes by perfect strangers. But that societal stigma against curly hair seems to be easing up now. The World's host, Marco Werman, caught up with the BBC's Dina Aboughazala, who is Egyptian and curly-haired herself.

Marco Werman: Why have Egyptian women been pressured for so long to straighten their hair? 



Twenty-nine percent of eligible voters participated in Oregon’s primary election and the results are in. OPB news director Anna Griffin and reporter Amelia Templeton fill us in on some of the surprising results.


The visuals were stark: On Monday, as US officials opened the new US embassy in Jerusalem, thousands of Palestinians were injured at the Israel-Gaza border fence as dark smoke filled the sky.

Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, and injured more than 2,200 by gunfire or tear gas. The violence continued Tuesday as Israeli forces killed one man, while thousands of Palestinians turned out for funerals.

Lewis and Clark Associate Professor Kim Stafford has been chosen as Oregon’s next poet laureate.

Stafford, who teaches at the College’s Northwest Writing Institute, has been at his craft for nearly 50 years. His poems and essays explore a wide range of subjects, from politics to nature, to deep personal losses. In addition to more than a dozen books, he’s created a body of advocacy work, including founding of the Institute, and helping to start Eastern Oregon’s Fishtrap writer’s conference and retreat.

Kanye West, who can never resist a Twitter controversy, sent out a seemingly bland tweet to his 28 million followers on Monday.

His tweet about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals — a set of 17 goals to end extreme poverty, abolish inequality and improve the environment, among other things, by 2030 — has left the global development community scratching their heads.

Everyone knows the name of chef, author and TV personality Julia Child, but it's less well known that her husband, Paul Child, was her partner in her work as well as in love and life. Episode 44 focuses on the relationship between Paul and Julia with three very special guests.

For our second course, we weigh in on the contemporary fixation on food photography and discuss Paul Child's stunning photographic work, which depicts culinary culture rather than food.

And finally, we discuss how we can all learn to live a more Child-like life. 

Asteroid 2010 WC9 was lost, then it was found — and now the small space rock that is hundreds of feet wide is zooming toward Earth, making a close but safe pass on Tuesday that will see it fly roughly halfway between our planet and the moon.

Before we continue: There is no risk of even a partial collision, and the asteroid will stay tens of thousands of miles away from the outer limits of Earth's atmosphere. So there's no reason to take cover when the asteroid makes its closest approach at 6:05 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Children and adolescents are getting fewer prescription drugs than they did in years past, according to a study that looks at a cross-section of the American population.

A chronic homeless population lives on the Twin Cities light rail system. Authorities estimate some 200 people are using the system for shelter each night and the number is rising at an alarming rate.

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A chronic homeless population lives on the Twin Cities light rail system. Authorities estimate some 200 people are using the system for shelter each night and the number is rising at an alarming rate.

Copyright 2018 MPR News. To see more, visit MPR News.

Listen: OPB's 'Bundyville' Podcast

May 15, 2018

“Bundyville” is a deep dive into the politics and fringe religious beliefs that drive Cliven Bundy, his family and their followers.

From prophecies and nuclear testing to white supremacists and radical plans to shrink public lands, “Bundyville” explains how one family has beaten the federal government twice — and why this battle has just begun.

Council members are expected to vote next week on a measure that would make the city the latest in Minnesota to treat smoking like drinking in the eyes of the law.

On Nov. 20, 1975, Mari Carmen Egurrola Totorica, gathered her six children around the TV in the living room of their suburban Idaho home to watch the evening news. Longtime Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was finally dead.

“Drink this. I want you to remember this night,” she told her kids as she handed them coffee mugs filled with shots of champagne.

At least 11 Nike executives have left the company this year over complaints of an uncomfortable workplace that discriminates against women.

The first to go was Nike's president, Trevor Edwards. The announcement came in mid-March that the company's No. 2 is retiring in August after more than 25 years. Edwards had been considered a favorite to succeed CEO Mark Parker.

The next day, it was announced that Jayme Martin, a vice president and general manager of global categories for Nike, was no longer with the company.

Three key incidents help illuminate why Cliven Bundy has gone from someone who dislikes the government to someone who is willing to gather an army against it.

The first happened in the 1950s and 1960s near his lifetime home in Bunkerville, Nevada.

During this period of time, the United States government was ramping up its Cold War with the Soviet Union and testing hundreds of nuclear weapons in the Nevada desert.

At the heart of those fringe beliefs is this spiral-bound notebook of scripture and speeches from Mormon church leaders that they carry around with them. It's called the Nay book.

It was compiled by Cliven Bundy's neighbor and friend Keith Nay. And it poses a question: What is the duty of a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to defend the U.S. Constitution?

It's important to note that the Nay book isn't mainstream, and the modern Mormon church does not acknowledge its teachings as legitimate.