Around a hundred protesters gathered this morning at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland to call on state officials to stop Nestle from opening a bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge. This past week, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife applied to transfer its water rights to Cascade Locks.
This paves the way for Nestle to move forward with its plan to open a bottling plant in the city of cascade locks. KBOO’s Paul Roland and Jenka Soderberg were there, and bring us this report from the protest 14:22 minutes (13.16 MB)
Top Congressional legislators reached a deal earlier today to introduce fast-track legislation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress.
As the ranking Democrat on the Finance Panel, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was crucial in reaching an agreement between Republicans and Democrats drafting the legislation.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the world’s largest free trade agreement, involving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Japan, and seven other Pacific-rim countries.
It is heavily opposed by environmental groups, American labor unions such as the AFL-CIO, as well as human rights advocates.
The Oregon chapter of the AFL-CIO has staged multiple protests calling for lawmakers to reject the trade deal. 6:44 minutes (6.16 MB)
The former Chilean army officer who allegedly murdered folksinger Victor Jara in the aftermath of the 1973 military coup is the subject of a civil lawsuit in the United States.
Pedro Barrientes Nunez currently lives in Deltona, Florida, despite an extradition request made by the Chilean government when his name was revealed as the leader of the squad that tortured and killed Jara.
KBOO reporter Sam Bouman speaks with Almudena Bernabeu, the international attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability which is prosecuting the case.
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