The Portland Mercury, along with the Willamette Week and the Oregonian, took a position against Measure 92, the ballot measure which would require labeling of genetically modified foods. On Monday, Oct. 27, KBOO's Paul Roland spoke with Dennis Theriault, News Editor of the Portland Mercury about his paper's position, as well as Julia Degraw, of Oregon Right to Know and Food and Water Watch. These are longer, lightly edited versions of the interviews which aired on the KBOO Evening News. First is Theriault, then Degraw. 12:53 minutes (11.8 MB)
As next Tuesday’s election approaches, a number of ballot measure races in Oregon look like they’re going to be very close.
One of the more contested initiatives, Measure 92, would require labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients.
It’s gotten added media attention because of large financial contributions from chemical and agricultural corporations, making it the most expensive initiative campaign in Oregon history. 9:39 minutes (13.25 MB)
In mid-September, Dr. Lisa Brosseau and Dr. Rachael Jones wrote a commentary for CIDRAP News, a service of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and policy at the University of Minnesota, titled “Health Workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola.”
Brosseau and Jones are professors in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Their article was picked up by some right-wing bloggers, who exaggerated and misattributed some of its contents, adding fuel to the fire of sensationalistic media coverage of the current Ebola outbreak, as well as to the politicization of the issue during this campaign season. 22:38 minutes (20.73 MB)
Protests continued today in Ferguson Missouri, as youth leaders met with the Mayor of Saint Louis to try to address concerns about police treatment of demonstrators.
On Monday, over thirty faith leaders were arrested in an act of civil disobedience to call for justice for Michael Brown, who was killed by police in August.
They also read the names of the more than one hundred black and brown youth who have been killed by police around the country this year.
Lucia van Diepen is a Quaker theologian from Portland who is participating in Ferguson October. She spoke with KBOO news today about her experience in Missouri this week 20:06 minutes (18.41 MB)
The oil giant Chevron, which operates a refinery in the small city of Richmond, CA, has been pumping millions of dollars into local mayoral and council elections. To find out why, KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Sukey Lewis, a reporter and editor with the Richmond Confidential, a local news website founded by the Berkeley School of Journalism. 14:32 minutes (6.65 MB)
A Portland community leader facing deportation has spent the last seven days in sanctuary at a local church.
Francisco Aguirre from the Voz worker rights center headed to the Augustana Lutheran church with a group of his supporters after ICE agents showed up at his door.
He has no idea how long he’ll need to remain in the church.
Francisco spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg today, along with the Pastor of Augustana, Mark Knutsen, and supporters.