In Salem today, Oregon legislators considered a bill that will regulate the use of aerial herbicides which are sprayed from planes and helicopters in the state.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke to Steve Peddery of Oregon Wild for more. 6:26 minutes (5.89 MB)
A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the port of Seattle Wednesday, challenging the commission’s move to enter an agreement with contractors for Shell Oil.
KBOO’s Robin Ryan spoke with a member of the Puget Sound-Keepers Alliance, one of the suit’s petitioners, about what prompted legal action and what concerns they have about the proposed lease. 5:13 minutes (2.39 MB)
Today, the Oregon Senate Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood held a public hearing on the Right to Rest bill, which would override local bans on camping, sleeping on sidewalks, and sleeping in cars by people experiencing homelessness.
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The Board of Commissioners for Multnomah County has voted to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in business places where traditional smoking is already banned.
The ordinance will not exempt vape shops from the smoking ban, a stipulation that several people testifying at City Hall claimed to be unfair due to the need for consumers to try out products within vape shops.
The ordinance will go into effect in thirty days, on April 5th.
KBOO’s Ethan Martin spoke earlier today with Gregory Conley from the American Vaping Association.
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On Tuesday, February 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to proceed with a plan to close the last two public health clinics in the county and move those services to non-governmental providers. Health and Human Services director Marni Kuyl says the goal of the plan is to expand primary care to uninsured, low-income patients. The plan has proven controversial however, both in content and process, with many members of the medical community as well as advocates for farm laborers and immigrants fighting against the closures. KBOO reported on the opposition to the plan back in September.
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