The Oregon Supreme Court recently overturned the efforts of the Oregon Legislature to correct some of the funding problems as they affect PERS. I interviewed more than a half-dozen legislators in 2014 about what they thought about the PERS funding issue and how they would deal with it. This piece is a look back at the comments of those legislators and their thoughts in light of the recent ruling.
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This week: Saturday May 2 was the Global Marijuana March. We attended the Portland GMM, and spoke with Russ Belville of Portland NORML and 420radio.org, Lindsey Rinehart of Parents 4 Pot and the UnderGreen Railroad, Bettie Retro of the International Women's Cannabis Association and Parents 4 Pot, Kaliko Castille of Portland NORML and The Weed Blog, and Urb Thrasher, stage MC and event organizer. We also hear from Erin Purchase and her daughter Mykala about cannabis oil and Mykala's battle against cancer. Plus, we talk with Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition about Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
In the nation of India, deaf activists are organizing to challenge the discrimination they face. In March, a deaf teenager was raped and killed, and just this week, a deaf child was badly beaten by a teacher in India for failing to understand an assignment. KBOO’s Sarika Mehta produced this report about the situation in India for deaf people:
The full version of this story aired on KBOO’s Political Perspectives last week. You can find it here.
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A whistleblower who came forward in 2006 to report what he believed to be illegal activity of his coworkers is now fighting to save his home from the very financial institution that acquired his former employer. Robert Kraus worked as a controller for North Carolina based Wachovia Bank before it got acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008. KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan spoke with professor Fred Alford at the university of Maryland about the consequences whistleblowers face and the power of organizations to discourage ethical behavior.
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A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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