The Bush administration continues issuing midnight regulations that will help destroy the earth as we know it. This past week they issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how mountaintop removal is regulated by reducing the required buffer zones from streams and making it easier for mining companies to dump tailings into rivers and creeks. Mine safety & health and environmental specialist Jack Spadaro will be the guest for this discussion on what is mountaintop removal mining, why it threatens both human and wildlife in the appalachians and what is being done to try to stop it.
Host Glen Andresen welcomes Candace Stoughton, East Multnomah Soil and Conservation Districtrain garden specialist, to discuss the possibility of using edible plants in a rain garden. Candace works on urban conservation issues with a current focus on sustainable stormwater management. She has expertise in low impact development methods that protect streams and rivers from urban stormwater runoff.
When a landscape is covered in natural vegetation, most rainfall soaks into the ground. As we start adding roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and streets to the landscape, much of the rainfall can’t soak into the ground anymore. This can create a lot of problems for people and for our streams.
In Chicago, a group of two hundred fifty workers have taken over a factory, after the bosses announced that they were shutting the plant down.
The management of Republic Windows & Doors factory gave workers only three days' notice that they would all be fired, and the plant would be closed.
The workers decided to employ a tactic made popular during the Great Depression, by occupying the factory for the last three days.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Nelson Lichtenstein, a professor of History at the University of California who has written extensively on the history of organized labor in the US.
As the economy continues to sink into a possible depression, more people are turning to alternative methods to squeeze by. One such method is shared housing. KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with Barbara Stone from The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Shared Housing program.
Today marks the 6-month anniversary of Portland’s day labor center on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
While workers have been enthusiastic about using the center, employers have been slow to catch on to the idea.
The group has spent some of their contract money to build a new structure next to their portable trailer at the site, to shelter some of the workers from the weather, as they wait.
The center was originally conceived to get workers off street corners and into a central, clean and safe space.
It has become a target of anti-immigration protesters, who have picketed outside and even attacked workers.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of Alcohol Prohibition in the U.S.
Some members of the law enforcement and legal communities are calling for the repeal of the current Prohibition on drugs.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg has more.
The next round of state budget cuts may be setting Oregon up for even more trouble, according to the social service groups whose clients will be seeing less money to pay for services.
From the AARP to Area Agencies on Aging, to the Service Employees International Union, they say the governor’s recommendation to cut human services by 15 percent will cost federal matching money and trim jobs, at a time when the state needs both.
KBOO’s Leah Yanoff reports, in collaboration with Oregon News Service.
The United Auto Workers agreed this week to adjust their contracts with the Big Three Auto Companies.
The Union made the move to try to convince Congress that the Auto industry deserves financial aid.
But many members of Congress remained skeptical about a bailout package for the auto industry.
Senator Chris Dodd grilled executives in a hearing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, saying that the Federal Reserve could help the industry without a direct bailout package.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Al Benchich, an auto worker and union member from Detroit who is heading to Washington as part of a worker's caravan this weekend.