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During pandemic, communities asked to be watchful for signs of child abuse

During pandemic, communities asked to be watchful for signs of child abuse

May 11, 2020

The non-profit, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, is working to try to help stabilize and support Oregon families, and protect children at risk for abuse and neglect during the coronavirus pandemic.

The PCAO executive director, Pamela Heisler, and board member, Karmen Fore, joined KGW Straight Talk host, Laural Porter, to talk about ways the community can help.

Secretary of State candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner

Secretary of State candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner

May 11, 2020

This week, former congressional candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner joins host Laural Porter to talk about her qualifications for Oregon Secretary of State, which is next in succession to the governor. McLeod Skinner is one of three democrats vying for the position. The others, Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass, joined Straight Talk last week.

Oregon Secretary of State candidates Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass

Oregon Secretary of State candidates Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass

May 1, 2020

One of the most competitive races in Oregon’s May 19 primary is the Democratic race for secretary of state. Three candidates are vying for the chance to take on the winner of the Republican primary in this November’s general election. State Sen. Shemia Fagan and state Sen. Mark Hass are this week’s guests on Straight Talk with Laural Porter as they make their pitch to voters. The third Democratic candidate, Jamie McLeod Skinner, will be a guest on the show next week.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Education head Colt Gill

Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Education head Colt Gill

April 24, 2020

This week’s guests with Laural Porter are Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Oregon Education head Colt Gill. Wyden talks about what he and Congress are doing to help people and businesses get through this economic downfall, and why he thinks it’s time for the US to “COVID-proof” its election system. Gill praises the efforts school districts have gone to make distance learning productive and defends the pass/incomplete grading system.

Oregon health officials plead for continued social distancing

Oregon health officials plead for continued social distancing

April 17, 2020

The leaders of the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Association of Hospitals are pleading with Oregonians to continue to stay home and social distance. Pat Allen of OHA and Becky Hultberg, CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems discuss the continued challenges facing Oregon and what is necessary for businesses to be reopened.

 

House Speaker Tina Kotek & help for those battling addiction

House Speaker Tina Kotek & help for those battling addiction

April 10, 2020

In this week's Straight Talk with Laural Porter, House Speaker Tina Kotek reassures Oregonians that state lawmakers are listening to their concerns and fears about the future created by the coronavirus crisis. Also, representatives from Hazelden Betty Ford treatment centers talk about how the pandemic is breeding ground for addictions and the resources that are available for people to overcome their addictions.

Multnomah County Chair and Oregon Labor Commissioner address coronavirus pandemic

Multnomah County Chair and Oregon Labor Commissioner address coronavirus pandemic

April 3, 2020

This week's guests on Straight Talk with Laural Porter are Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle. They talk about how the agencies they oversee are handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

How the coronavirus is impacting business and the homeless in Portland

How the coronavirus is impacting business and the homeless in Portland

March 27, 2020

On this week’s episode, Laural Porter talks with Andrew Hoan, the executive director of the Portland Business Alliance, about the impact the coronavirus has had on Portland’s economy. Laural also speaks with an organizer from Street Roots and a woman who is homeless in Portland to find out how the public health crisis is affecting them.

Oregon Food Bank, census organizers meet coronavirus challenges head-on

Oregon Food Bank, census organizers meet coronavirus challenges head-on

March 24, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is sending far-reaching shockwaves through our communities. But the CEO of the Oregon Food Bank said the organization is determined it will meet the need of those hurting in this crisis. Also, we get an update on U.S. census collection. Since field operations have been suspended, crews are using social media, texting, and phone calls to contact people now, with hopes they'll be able to get out in the field later.

Jules Boykoff on why we should cancel the Olympics

Jules Boykoff on why we should cancel the Olympics

March 20, 2020

Jules Boykoff, a political scientist who studies the Olympics, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in March 2020 about why the Summer Games should be canceled amid a coronavirus pandemic.

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