A report this week by The Oregonian newspaper uncovered a major loophole in the monitoring and regulation of coal and oil transport throughout the state of Oregon.
According to The Oregonian’s report, railroad companies are not required to submit full records to the department of transportation.
But it’s not clear which agency these records SHOULD be submitted to.
So no one really knows where the oil and coal trains traveling through Oregon are at any given time, or how much fuel is on any given train.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg followed up on the Oregonian report by talking to several of the government agencies involved.
6:16 minutes (5.74 MB)
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed changing the rules on how the Internet is regulated.
Internet and free speech activists say the new rules will forever change the free and open Internet to a quote “pay to play” system that is controlled by corporate interests.
KBOO’s Robin Ryan spoke with April Glaser with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group which advocates for a free and open Internet.
She also spoke with Timothy Karr, the senior director of Strategy at Free Press. 5:12 minutes (4.76 MB)
In the KBOO studios: Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald the creators of the upcoming documentary project “WHITELANDIA”. The film plans to document Black Oregon and the many turns the state has taken on race relations, and KBOO news in-depth wanted to ask the questions on what the purpose of this docu-film seeks to get across to the residents in Portland and abroad. Whiteland has a Kick-Starter program to raise funds for the film:
In the KBOO studios: Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald the creators of the upcoming documentary project “WHITELANDIA”. The film plans to document Black Oregon and the many turns the state has taken on race relations, and KBOO news in-depth wanted to ask the questions on what the purpose of this docu-film seeks to get across to the residents in Portland and abroad.
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A report released on April 10 by Environment Oregon ranked Portland sixteenth among US cities for solar power.
KBOO reporter Ethan Martin spoke with Charlie Fischer of Environment Oregon and Andrea Jacob of Solar Forward for more on the report and Portland's ranking.
6:56 minutes (6.34 MB)
A unique and massive tree known as a Paradox Walnut in the Mt. Tabor area of Portland is threatened by a new housing development.
People in the neighborhood are trying to protect the tree and on April 10 the developer agreed to meet with them.
KBOO reporter Paul Roland spoke with arborist Kevin Hillery about the situation. 6:04 minutes (5.55 MB)
On Tuesday, April 8, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Analysis Response Center (PARC) released a report on their investigation into the alleged spraying of agricultural chemicals on residential areas in Curry County in October 2013 by a private hired helicopter. Many residents and animals in the area became ill in the following days. KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with John Burns of Cedar Valley, Oregon about the event and the local reaction to the PARC report. 14:02 minutes (12.84 MB)