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Affordable Care Act
6:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Tracking Health Care Exchange From Consumer To Call Center

A health exchange call center in Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Washington’s health exchange has been up and running for a month now. It got off to a rocky start—from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors in calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington’s technical problems pale in comparison to the federal website’s. We have two reports checking in on Washington’s health exchange. We’ll hear from a call center in Spokane. But first, we begin with KUOW’s Ruby de Luna in Seattle, who talked with some of the users of the website.

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Environment
11:10 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Drill to Prevent Further Worse Spills

Members of the Army Corps of Engineers and EWEB worked together Wednesday in an oil spill response drill at Dexter Dam. The scenario depicted the failure of the dam’s powerhouse transformer, causing 58-hundred gallons of insulating oil to spill into the Middle Fork Willamette River. EWEB and the engineers were joined by fire departments and response teams from the surrounding towns and counties. EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says the main goal of the exercise was to be prepared ahead of time.

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Affordable Care Act
8:26 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Health Insurance Freakout- Time To Take A Deep Breath

The end of the year is approaching, government health care websites are failing and people across Oregon are anxious about how the new health care reform law will affect them.  Liam Moriarty reports there’s cause for concern, but there’s no need to panic.

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Economy
7:09 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Newport Log Export Terminal Delayed By State Land Use Board Decision

Residents of Newport fighting the reopening of a log export terminal received a reprieve late last week.  The state land use board has upheld an objection by a local condo association.

Residents at The Landing at Newport condominiums are opposing the reopening of the log export terminal by the Teevin Brothers company – citing noise and log truck traffic concerns.   They appealed the company’s traffic impact analysis to the state land use board.  LUBA upheld one of the appeals and sent the study back to the city for revision. 

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Race Card Project
2:06 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Michele Norris Speaks on NPR's Race Card Project

Michele Norris visits KLCC.
Credit Cheryl Crumbley

NPR's Michele Norris and NPR Senior Producer Walter Ray Watson joined KLCC's Rachael McDonald to talk about The Race Card Project. They're in Eugene to speak with students at the University of Oregon.

Michele Norris will be on OPB's Think Out Loud Wednesday at noon. KLCC will simulcast the show. Norris speaks 7 p.m. at the UO EMU Ballroom.

http://theracecardproject.com/category/u-of-o-race-cards/

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett is Stepping Down

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett.
Credit Lincoln County

An Oregon district attorney, who's internationally recognized for his work to curtail methamphetamine manufacturing, is leaving his job.

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Real Estate
7:33 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Terms And Cost Of Pacific Tower Lease Raise Questions

Pacific Tower is a 14-story former public hospital that the state plans to lease for 30 years for a health college and center for non-profits.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The state of Washington is about to make a major real estate decision that supporters say will transform healthcare training for the next generation. The deal has also been called “a nightmare.” We’re talking about a proposed lease of Seattle’s Pacific Tower - former headquarters of Amazon dot com. Powerful interests – including Washington’s Speaker of the House – want to turn the Seattle  landmark into a training center for future health care workers and a hub for non-profits. But internal state agency documents raise serious questions about the terms and cost of the deal.

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City Club of Eugene
6:30 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

City Club of Eugene: GMO's - State or Local Control?

Recorded on Friday, November 8, 2013

Airing on Monday, November 11, 2013

Farmers and consumers don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Two viewpoints on the business and politics of 21st-century Lane County agriculture are on tap for the City Club of Eugene on November 8.

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Cover Oregon
3:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Community Partners Look Forward To Cover Oregon Website Fix

Cover Oregon's website continues to suffer from problems.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The website problems persist for the state's health insurance marketplace, Cover Oregon.  Individuals can compare insurance plans, but the site still can't determine if someone is eligible for financial help.  

This has been a source of frustration for potential customers - and for local organizations working on behalf of Cover Oregon to walk people through the process.

These community partners are counting down the days until the website is fully functional.

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Gun Control
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Moms Unhappy With Decision To Lift Gun Ban In St. Helens School District

Credit courtesy of Moms Demand Action

The decision to lift a firearms ban in Oregon’s St. Helens School District near Portland has some moms unhappy. 

The newly-elected school board decided to reverse its decision to ban firearms on campus for teachers who have Concealed Handgun Licenses. The ban was implemented by the previous board last March. Sarah Finger McDonald is a spokeswoman for the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group. She says the District was vague about its intentions to lift the ban.

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