After a mass shooting claimed ten lives this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, President Obama adressed the nation with visible frustration, saying, "[Thoughts and prayers do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America next week or a couple months from now."
His remarks touch on the now-routine nature of such killings, and the widespread frustration with the inevitable political stalemate over the issue of gun control that follows them.
KBOO's news director Jenka Soderberg spoke with Professor Eric Mankowski of Portland State University about the impact of these mass murders on our collective psyche.
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This morning's tragic shooting in Roseburg is only the latest in a long list of mass murders in the US in recent years. In the Pacific Northwest alone, there have been multiple mass shootings, including the Clackamas Town Center attack in 2012, and at least three school shootings since June 2014 (at Seattle Pacific University, Reynolds High in Troutdale, and Rosemary Anderson High School in NE Portland).
KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Eriks Gabliks, the director of Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), for more on that agency's training procedures for active shooter incidents, and how strategies have changed over the years.
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On the morning of October 1, a gunman entered Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and killed at least ten people and injured twenty before being killed by law enforcement.
Residents of Douglas County are still in shock over today’s events but they are pulling together.
Vigils are being planned, the Red Cross is helping out, and grief counselors are on site.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with John Sajo, a Douglas County parent whose daughter attends Umpqua Community College, to find out more about the community’s response.
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KBOO's Sam Bouman speaks with Maxine Fookson of Jewish Voices for Peace-PDX about the Iran deal, the role of the Israeli lobby in Congressional opposition to the deal, and an upcoming rally at Pioneer Square in Portland this Saturday at noon.
The rally was organized by Jewish Voices for Peace-PDX, American Iranian Friendship Council-PDX, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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Petitioners trying to recall state Senator Floyd Prozanski may have violated Oregon election law.
The Oregon Democracy Fund filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office yesterday. The complaint says that members of the campaign and employees of gun stores did not follow specific rules for filing a recall petition.
The recall campaign is one of several that were filed across the state after Oregon adopted criminal background checks for gun purchases made over the internet.
KBOO reporter Alan Montecillo spoke with Angela Martin with the Oregon Democracy Fund to learn more.
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This coming Sunday, the ninth of August, marks the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, after allegedly stealing cigarillos from a nearby convenience store.
Brown’s death ignited unrest in Ferguson and protests across the country, including in Portland.
This weekend, to commemorate the killing of Brown and other black men and women by white police officers, a coalition of groups including Don’t Shoot Portland, 15 Now, Whitelandia and others is holding a three-day series of events.
KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Teressa Raiford, an organizer with Don’t Shoot Portland, for more details.
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KBOO's Mic Crenshaw speaks with Alyssa Pagan, an organizer with Don't Shoot Portland, 15 Now, and the PSU Student Union, about the fight for a $15 minimum wage, #BlackLivesMatter, the controversial arming of PSU's security guards, and this weekend's upcoming events to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, by a white police officer, among other topics.
The Last Thursday shooting on NE 20th and Alberta St. has led to a police response that may do more harm than good.
After people were seen taking selfies near the crime scene, two black men were arrested while helping one of the three shooting victims.
In the meantime, the Portland Police Bureau is adding six new officers to its Gang Enforcement team. The Chief of Police says it will help curb the rise in gun violence. 4:34 minutes (4.18 MB)
An active nuclear power plant in Washington state is being refueled.
Washington’s Columbia Generating Station, or C.G.S will be refueled using raw radioactive material.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that radiation levels in the area will increase significantly, but that the equipment used to measure that radiation will be completely shut down during the refueling process.
KBOO’s Nathan Behensky spoke with Miriam German of No Nukes Northwest about the plant’s current problems and the future of nuclear power in Oregon and Washington. 15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)