Portland Mayor Hales rushed an unusual item on council agenda yesterday: Authorize the City Attorney to institute proceedings challenging the District Attorney’s Order in the petition of Mark Bartlett: 10 minutes requested
It turns out that Mr Bartlett had a request for information denied by the city; last week the Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill ordered the city to disclose the information; and yesterday city council voted 4-1 in favor of Hale’s proposal: to use tax payer money to fight the release of 25 year old public information.
According to documents received by KBOO, what is at stake is the legality of the on-going destruction of Portland’s open reservoirs at Washington Park and Mt Tabor.
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Cliff Thomason is a gubenatorial candidate from Oregon's Independent Party. He strongly believes in Oregon agriculture and agricultural based solutions for some of Oregon's financial problems. Among them, he thinks the hemp and marijuana industries need access to legitimate bank accounts which he believes, would best be served by a state bank. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Thomason about these and other issues facing Oregon, including the records of the current and past Governor, alternative energy and the minimum wage in the runup to the 2016 election. 27:34 minutes (25.24 MB)
On Monday, Oregon State released a list of over 250 pesticides allowed for use in growing cannabis. For insight on the implications of this development, KBOO’s Jared Dancler spoke with researcher Todd Dalotto. 5:31 minutes (5.06 MB)
A national nurses union called upon Oregon and California attorney generals to review a proposed merger between Providence and St. Joseph health systems.
KBOO’s Paul Reich has more on this story: 1:20 minutes (623.27 KB)
The proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in British Columbia would carry tar sands fuel from Edmonton, Alberta to the Vancouver, BC harbor.
The project was dealt a heavy blow yesterday when the Province of British Columbia officially voted to oppose it.
KBOO News’ Lisa Loving spoke with Sven Biggs of Forest Ethics Advocacy about the corporate roots of Texas-based Kinder Morgan and what’s next. 6:09 minutes (5.63 MB)
Today is the second day in the trial of the Delta Five, the five activists who in September 2014 blocked a mile-long train carrying volatile explosive Bakken crude through Washington State.
They held up the train for eight hours in the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, or BNSF Railway Company’s Delta Yard.
The five activists were arrested and taken to the Snohomish County jail for the night.
The Delta five are now on trial in Washington.
The legal defense team behind the Delta Five has gained national attention as they argue in court that the action was necessary to forgo imminent destruction to the environment.
A necessity defense means the team can call on expert witnesses such as a BNSF whistleblower. 6:09 minutes (5.63 MB)
The Supreme Court heard a case today that could have wide ranging implications for union members across the country.
Several conservative judges on the court have made statements indicating they would rule against the unions, but although arguments were heard today, a decision won’t be issued for several months.
Since 1977, the Court has said non-union employees can be required to pay a portion of union dues to cover the cost of collective bargaining and prevent "free riders" — workers who get the benefits of a union contract without paying for it.
Now, in a case brought by non-union teachers in California hoping to get the earlier decision overturned, the justices are asked to decide whether even that requirement violates free expression. 6:42 minutes (6.13 MB)
Immigrant rights groups, along with labor, faith, families and members of Congress, held a news conference in front of the White House.
They demanded that the Obama administration immediately put an end to the immigration raids that have stepped up significantly over the past two weeks.
For more, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Revered Noel Anderson with the World Church Service: 5:44 minutes (5.26 MB)
A public hearing on the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver along the Columbia River is scheduled for tomorrow in Ridgefield, Washington.
The project, if completed, would ship about three hundred sixty thousand barrels of oil per day, almost half as much crude oil as the entire Keystone XL Pipeline.
Last week, more than one thousand people attended the first public hearing on the terminal, most of them opposed.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with Don Orange, a Vancouver business owner and an opponent of the oil terminal, to learn more.
Tomorrow’s hearing will be held from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM, at the Clark County Event Center at the county fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington. 4:43 minutes (4.31 MB)
Arguments for the case Friedrichs versus California Teachers Association are set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this Monday.
The case is another in a series of legal challenges throughout the country targeting public-sector unions in recent years.
The issue surrounding Monday’s case deals with whether mandatory union fees violate the First Amendment.
In response, nurses from Washington to California will gather on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning to warn that relaxing the union fee system further poses a significant threat to public health.
In this clip, David Koesters of KBOO News speaks to the Ken Zinn of National Nurses United. 6:08 minutes (5.61 MB)