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Two Moms Open Up About Chronic Absenteeism

The rates of chronic absenteeism in Oregon schools is worse than in schools in many other states around the country. We'll hear from two moms who have each struggled with complicated circumstances that made it hard for them to get their kids to school.

Oregon Now Only State To Allow Non-Unanimous Juries

Oregon is now the only state to allow non-unanimous juries in criminal felony cases after Louisiana voted to end this practice. Norris Henderson, the state director of Louisiana's Unanimous Jury Coalition, gives us insight into the campaign's success. And OPB reporter Conrad Wilson tells us what this could mean for Oregon's split-jury system.

Recreational Marijuana On The Border With Idaho

A small Oregon town on the border with Idaho voted to legalize recreational marijuana shops last week. Ontario will now be the closest legal cannabis to Boise, Idaho, and city planners expect the vote to have a big economic impact on the town. Town manager Adam Brown tells us what the town has been doing to plan for changes.

REBROADCAST: The Horse Latitudes

We listen back to an interview with author and Iraq War veteran Matthew Robinson about his first novel, "The Horse Latitudes." He says he wanted to write a war story where veterans could see themselves in the narrative. Robinson's novel unfolds through the perspective of various soldiers during a deployment in the Iraq war.

REBROADCAST: Thak You For Your Service

We listen back to a conversation about what the phrase "Thank you for your service," and what it means to people who have served. We're joined by Judy Johnston, a retired army staff sergeant who served in the Vietnam War, Robert Stearns, an Iraq War veteran who served as a combat infantryman from 2006-2007 and deployed during the surge, and Juan Velez, who served as U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class before he was honorably discharged in 2016.

News Roundtable Nov. 9, 2018

We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest stories of the week from Nkenge Harmon Johnson, Anna Griffin and Jason Conger.

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw

Thirty years ago, three white supremacist skinheads beat Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw to death on the streets of a quiet southeast Portland neighborhood. Those men pleaded guilty and were sentenced for the crime, but it was a civil trial that held Aryan Nation head Tom Metzger accountable for his direct role in the murder. Seraw's fatal beating was shown in court to be part of Metzger's recruiting strategy for the Aryan Nation. The Urban League of Portland is commemorating Mulugeta Seraw on the 30th anniversary of his death, November 13. We are joined by community activist Joyce Harris, and Portland civil rights attorney Elden Rosenthal, who co-led the case against Tom Metzger.

Culinary Corridor

Many of the food carts in Portland's largest food cart pod will be displaced when the lot at Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street is redeveloped. But a group of advocates is trying to save some of the carts with a "culinary corridor" along Southwest Park and Ninth avenues. We talk with two of the men behind the plan. Daniel Huerta is the owner of the food truck Churros Locos, and Bret Burmeister is the owner of the website Food Carts Portland.

Fentanyl In Lane County

Use of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is on the rise in Lane County. At the same time, the county has fewer resources to track and stop drug crimes. We hear the on-the-ground view from Register-Guard crime reporter Chelsea Deffenbacher.

Multnomah County Addresses Systemic Racism

Following a Multnomah County board of commissioners meeting about a year ago where people of color related their experience with racism in county government, officials employed a consultant to look into institutional racism and make recommendations to address it. The consultant's report was recently presented to commissioners and Multnomah County COO Marissa Madrigal joins us to talk about what the report found, its recommendations, and when those recommendations will be adopted.

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