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Teresa Alonso León Joins Supermajority In Salem

We sit down with Oregon state rep. Teresa Alonso León (D-Woodburn). She won her first re-election bid in November, part of the Democratic wave that resulted in the party's supermajority. Rep. Alonso Leon is the first formerly undocumented immigrant in the Oregon House, and we'll talk about her personal story and her priorities for the 2019 legislative session.

New Mushroom Species Discovered in Oregon

Last spring, biologist Scot Loring discovered a new mushroom species in Southern Oregon near Soda Mountain. The fungi is about "8 centimeters tall, convex caps with a mix of brownish tones, white margins, a white veil, tan gills, and a whitish stem that tapers to the base." Loring, who is also a mycologist, will work with Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on naming the new species. We'll speak with him about the discovery.


The Eugene program CAHOOTS is getting national recognition and has become a model for police response to mental health crises in other states. Instead of sending police officers to mental health crisis calls, CAHOOTS sends a crisis worker and medic. CAHOOTS now responds to nearly 20 percent of emergency calls in Eugene and Springfield. We talk to Tim Black, the operations coordinator for CAHOOTS.

How Can Schools Support Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma?

Researchers say that trauma can affect kids' behavior, and even the physiology of kids' brains, making it harder to follow directions and learn. OPB Reporter Rob Manning brings us two stories of kids who have experienced trauma at home, and how it affects their education. Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart tells us what schools can do to support kids in such situations.

News Roundtable

We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest stories in the news this week from Naseem Rakha, Scott Bruun and Camilla Mortensen.

Portland Timbers Head To MLS Final

The Portland Timbers face off against Atlanta United tomorrow in the MLS final. After finishing 5th in their conference, the team beat FC Dallas, the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City to secure a spot in the championship. We're joined by Richard Farley, a senior content producer for the Timbers, who traveled to Atlanta with the team.

Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

Oregon grows more Christmas trees than any other state. And while it's not hard to find a locally grown tree for sale or a farm that will let you cut down your own tree to purchase, artificial trees are also plentiful in stores across the state. Some even come with the lights on, boasting a pleasant pine scent with no stray needles to sweep up. If you celebrate Christmas, do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one? What about potted trees?

Lake Oswego City Councilor

Daniel Nguyen recently became the first person of color elected to Lake Oswego's city council. We hear from Nguyen about his campaign and his hopes for the city.

How One School District Is Responding To Student Deaths by Suicide

Three students at Sprague High School have died by suicide in the last year. The principal at Sprague, Craig Swanson, is working with teachers, students, mental health counsellors and the school district to try to prevent another death. We talk to him about those efforts.

Violence Against Indigenous Women

The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act allowed Native American tribes to prosecute non-Natives if they domestically abused a tribal member on Indian land. The act is set to expire this month unless Congress takes action. Chuck Sams, director of communications for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, tells about the effect the Violence Against Women Act has had, and what would happen if it expires. A new report by the Seattle Indian Health Board looks at the numbers of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls in urban areas. They found six cases in Portland. We'll talk to Esther Lucero, CEO of the Seattle Indian Health Board, about how they went about collecting this data, and why it hasn't been reported before.

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