Over a hundred Portland State University students gathered in the South Park Blocks this afternoon.
The students then marched into the office hours of the PSU President, Wim Wiewel.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg was there, and brings us this report:
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Regulators from two state agencies have fined an aerial spraying company a total of almost ten thousand dollars.
Applebee Aviation has been fined by the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration eighty eight hundred dollars and the state Department of Agriculture fined the company eleven hundred dollars.
Both agencies are requiring the Portland-area company to correct the violations through new procedures and training.
For more, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Darryl Ivy, the employee with Applebee Aviation who first blew the whistle on the dangerous and unsafe practices by the company.
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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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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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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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Today was the first day of legal retail pot sales in Oregon, and spirits were high at dispensaries across the Portland area.
In this piece, KBOO reporter Jim Thompson speaks with customers lines up outside Shango's, a dispensary in Hillsboro, followed by KBOO reporter Doug McVay speaking with Mike Mullins of Stoney Girl Gardens, a dispensary in Clackamas County, to see how opening day went from a business owner's perspective. 6:00 minutes (5.5 MB)
Two new reports were released today documenting a widespread campaign on college campuses across the U-S to stifle free speech on the issue of Israel and Palestine.
The first report, co-authored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the group Palestine Legal, examined nearly 300 incidents of attempted suppression of pro-Palestine activism and rhetoric in the past 18 months.
The group Jewish Voice for Peace also released a report entitled ‘Stifling Dissent: How Israel’s Defenders Use False Charges of Anti-Semitism to Limit the Debate over Israel on Campus’.
The report documents efforts by Israel advocacy organizations to intervene in the debate over Israeli policies on college campuses.
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The head of the Catholic church worldwide, Pope Francis, spoke in front of the U-S Congress today.
He said that the U-S should abolish the death penalty, but did not call on the U-S to reduce or eliminate its militarism.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with former Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy, who said the Pope could have gone much further in his calls to action in Washington 8:52 minutes (8.12 MB)