Commissioner Vega Pederson and Director of Oregon's Early Learning System Miriam Calderon talk about Oregon's expensive childcare and preschool programs. A recent study recently found every Oregon county is considered a child care desert for newborns through 2-year-olds.
KGW's Kyle Iboshi explains how robocalls work and if there's anything we can do to stop them. He also goes over some tips for aging parents and grandparents to avoid impostor scams.
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Student loan debt in 2019 is at the highest points its ever been. Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and talks about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and is joined by Kristen Fouts, currently working as a teacher who was one of the few to get her student loan forgiven through the program.
Lines for Life CEO Dwight Holton and Lines for Life YouthLine Crisis Line Director Emily Moser discuss the crisis, resources for prevention and erasing the stigma of suicide. This episode originally aired on KGW News on April 7, 2019.
For the first time in more than a decade, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith made a join appearance. The Republican and Democrat were in town for the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award dinner sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
An average of 5 Oregonians a week die from opioid abuse, and Providence Health is taking steps to battle the addiction crisis. KGW's Laural Porter is joined by Providence doctors Shorin Nemeth and Jeremy Lynn, as well as Nancy Collins, a chronic pain patient who has used opioids in the past.
KGW's Laural Porter is joined by Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech. The pair discusses Portland's technology sector, which is predominantly led by white men, PDXWIT was founded to encourage those who identify as women, non-binary and the under-represented to join the sector. NOTE: We apologize for some audio issues in this episode.
KGW's Laural Porter talked with interim Portland State President Stephen Percy ahead of the new school year. They discussed the tumultuous few years at PSU under the previous president and how he plans to provide steady leadership. President Percy also shared his thoughts on the calls for change to campus security and the rising cost of tuition. This episode originally aired on KGW Sept. 14, 2019.