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Superfund Priorities And Scott Pruitt's EPA

Washington Post environmental reporter Brady Dennis joins us to talk about the Environmental Protection Agency's recently released list of Superfund "priority" sites where it says it wants to expedite the clean up. We find out what this could mean for the Willamette River superfund site in Portland, and more about how the agency is being run under the direction of one of its biggest critics, Scott Pruitt.

Medical Marijuana

After the legalization of recreational marijuana, most medical dispensaries in the state have switched over to the recreational market. Dispensary owners had a deadline on Dec. 1 to notify the Oregon Health Authority whether they intended to switch to the recreational industry. Of the 16 medical dispensaries remaining in the state, several have indicated they plan to become recreational sellers. We'll talk about how this affects the medical marijuana program with a medical dispensary manager, a recreational dispensary founder, medical marijuana advocate and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Another Business Perspective On Downtown Portland

Last week we heard from Columbia CEO Tim Boyle, who says increased crime in downtown Portland has become untenable for his employees. For another business perspective on this, we hear from Ashley Henry, of Business For A Better Portland.

Kenton Women's Village

The Kenton Women's Village is a pilot program to provide temporary housing - in the form of 14 tiny homes - and support to homeless women. Dave Miller and Allison Frost visited the village this fall and spoke with residents, the village manager, and a member of the Kenton neighborhood association.

Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz Passes Away At 84

Vera Katz, a mainstay of Oregon politics, passed away Monday morning at the age of 84. She served as Speaker of the Oregon House before becoming mayor of Portland, where she served three terms. We talk to OPB's April Baer and historian Chet Orloff about her legacy.

Report Prompts Changes At NORCOR Jail

Disability Rights Oregon released a report this week on conditions for juveniles detained at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR). The report says, among other things, that "Conditions were harsher and more restrictive than any adult jail we had visited." The NORCOR detention manager responded to the report with a letter disputing some of the findings. We hear from Sarah Radcliffe, a lawyer with Disability Rights Oregon and author of the report.

Oregon State Senator Featured In Time Magazine's 'Person Of The Year' Issue

Oregon state senator Sara Gelser is among the people featured in Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue, out this week. Rather than focusing on one individual, the magazine chose to recognize "the silence breakers" who have spoken up against sexual harassment and assault as part of the #metoo movement. Gelser spoke out against a fellow lawmaker who she says has repeatedly touched her inappropriately.

Oregon State Senator Featured In Time Magazine's 'Person Of The Year' Issue

News Roundtable December 8th, 2017

Beth Slovic, Eric Fruits and Marisa Zapata discuss some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Willie Taggart Leaves Oregon

University of Oregon football coach Willie Taggart announced earlier this week that he's taking the head coach job at Florida State. Taggart has been with the Ducks for less than a year, and the timing of his departure has made a lot of people unhappy. Tyson Alger, Ducks reporter for the Oregonian/Oregonlive.com gives us the scoop.

Special Education Students & The Pioneer School Program

This fall, Portland Public School District publicly apologized to the community of talented and gifted student families at the ACCESS Academy after the district first announced it would disband the program in favor or serving those students in neighborhood schools. Less than a month later, the district announced it would shutter the special education program at Pioneer School to locate the ACCESS program there, and provide services to the special ed students elsewhere. Parents of Pioneer students say School serves special education students with highly specialized needs. PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero joins us, along with Mary Pearson, oversees Special Education. We are also joined by Karin Dean, whose son attends the Pioneer School, and Cory Wellington, a teacher at Pioneer School.

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