KBOO's locally produced series of reports and commentary about the environment in Our backyard: This edition: Murder on the Columbia. The Swiss have in their constitution a requirement that "account to be taken of the dignity of creation when handling animals, plants and other organisms". Writing in the current edition of The_Weekly_Standard , author and lawyer Wesley J.
The state of Indiana held its election primary today, amidst allegations of voter disenfranchisement. Last week the US Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter ID requirements, which are the strictest in the nation. Election observation groups in Indiana have noted that a large number of students and young people have been turned away from the polls for not presenting an Indiana state drivers license as ID. Becky Jenkins is a student in Indiana:
Indiana's voter ID law has been widely criticized for preventing eligible voters from being allowed to cast their ballot. There has never been a case of voter fraud by voters in Indiana, but Republican lawmakers pushed hard for the ID requirements, which mainly affect Democratic voters.
The effects of global climate change are already being felt in places close to the polar regions like Australia and Alaska.
Larry Merculieff is an Alaska native leader who is currently touring around the US to raise awareness about the necessity of taking action now to combat climate change. He spoke with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg:
April was National Fair Housing Month, commemorating the April 11, 1968 enactment of the Fair Housing Act by Lyndon Johnson. The Oregon Fair Housing Council marked the 40th anniversary last Wednesday with the first ever 'fair housing' bus tour of a US city.
The tour took participants through Portland, with a view toward historical housing discrimination.
The Bush administration has issued its fifth court-ordered plan for making Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams and southern Idaho irrigation projects safe for endangered salmon.
The plan, released by the National Fisheries Service, outlines modifications to the dams, including changes in dam operations, expanded and improved hatchery operations, predator control and improvements to river habitat.
A group of homeless protestors have been camped out in front of city hall for the last ten days. The protestors are meeting with the mayor this afternoon and will be speaking before City Council on Wednesday.
KBOO’s Kyle Burris interviewed one of the protestors, Joseph Vanderheiden, about what they want to see changed and about being harassed by the police: