How A Botched Experiment Sent GMO Grass Creeping Across Oregon


In 2003, a botched experiment by agribusiness giants Scotts Miracle-Gro and Monsanto unleashed a mutant strain of creeping bent grass across Oregon.

Crews Reach 44 Percent Containment On Substation Fire


Fire officials say crews have made significant progress fighting the Substation Fire burning near The Dalles, Oregon, which was at 44 percent containment by Saturday midday.

Why Some Northwest Butterflies Are Thriving And Some Aren't


In the Pacific Northwest, there is no long-term study that shows how butterflies as a whole are responding to habitat loss and climate change.

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Substation Fire Q&A: How Investigators Determine Wildfire Cause

The cause of the investigation remains under investigation. Here’s what we know about it and how wildland fire investigations happen.  

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'OPB Politics Now': Ted Wheeler's Big Problem

No issue has plagued Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler like homelessness.

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Clark County Fires Deputy For Wearing Hate Group Sweatshirt

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has fired a deputy who wore a sweatshirt that promotes a far-right group whose members have espoused racist, Islamophobic and sexist rhetoric.

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Oregon State Senator Who Was Harassed Gives Ideas On How To Improve Policies

An Oregon state senator who was at the center of an investigation into unwanted touching weighed in on how the policies could be improved.

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20 ICE Detainees Held In Oregon Facility A Step Closer To Asylum And Release

Lawyers say 20 immigrant detainees being held at a federal correctional facility in Oregon have passed credible fear interviews, which help determine whether an immigrant may be eligible for asylum.

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Farmers On The Line As Substation Fire Ravages Wheat Country

When summer hits in Wasco County, wheat ranchers like Jeff Kortge know to throw a water tank in the back of his truck. Before he heads out, he also grabs a CB radio, just in case he gets the call.  

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Substation Fire Now Nation's Top Firefighting Priority

The man who killed by exposure to the Substation Fire burning east of The Dalles died while trying to save a neighboring property, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office has confirmed. 

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McConnell Withdraws Trump Judicial Pick Minutes Before Vote

In a surprise move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote.

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NYC Schools Chancellor, Oregon Education Leaders On How To Improve Schools

A meeting that was part reunion, part education summit, brought together education leaders from New York and the Portland area.

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ICE Detainees Cast New Light On Conditions Inside Oregon Prison

Thoughts of suicide, hours of confinement and denial of medical care are among the complaints outlined in new federal court documents.


Oil Trains In The Northwest

OPB's coverage on the transportation of oil by rail in the Northwest.

Lead In The Water

Communities across the Northwest were shocked recently to discover dangerously high lead levels in their water. How did this happen, and what’s being done to fix the problem?

Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland's air is dirtier than we thought. A study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Forest Service revealed dangerously high levels of heavy metals in Portland, sparking an investigation into the sources and causing regulators and officials to question why the pollution was left unchecked for so long.

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