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Multnomah County tackles racism as a public health crisis

Multnomah County tackles racism as a public health crisis

April 30, 2021

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners has declared racism as a public health crisis, in an attempt to rebuild the county using a racial equity lens.

Chair Deborah Kafoury and Multnomah County Interim Health Director Ebony Clarke were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk. They discussed how the county plans to tackle racism as a public health crisis and how it will make a difference.

KGW’s Vaccine Team discusses reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout

KGW’s Vaccine Team discusses reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout

April 23, 2021

Even as Oregon and Washington have expanded vaccine eligibility to everyone older than 16, the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations are going up. The Oregon Health Authority said this week, those numbers in some counties are beginning to look like they did last fall when they started to peak.

The KGW Vaccine Team's Cristin Severance and Pat Dooris were guests this week on Straight Talk to pull the curtain back on how they work to get answers from state health officials and gather the latest information on the COVID vaccine.

Rep. Peter DeFazio set to shepherd President Biden’s $2-trillion infrastructure deal through the House

Rep. Peter DeFazio set to shepherd President Biden’s $2-trillion infrastructure deal through the House

April 16, 2021

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is king of the hill, at least Capitol Hill, when it comes to all things transportation and infrastructure. As the Chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio is considered the expert on the issue. The 17-term congressman from Oregon's fourth district will be point-person in the House for President Biden's $2 trillion "American Jobs Plan." DeFazio was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk to discuss what's in the plan and how it could benefit Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Portland Muslim community leaders call for unity against hate

Portland Muslim community leaders call for unity against hate

April 9, 2021

A human rights expert for the United Nations has said anti-Muslim hatred has reached epidemic proportions. Now as Ramadan begins, Portland Muslim community leaders are calling for unity against Islamophobia and all forms of hate.

Stopping anti-Asian hate

Stopping anti-Asian hate

April 2, 2021

Four Asian American women who are community leaders in Oregon discuss recent anti-Asian violence and how to stop it on this week's episode of "Straight Talk."

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