Jonathan Bach

Jonathan Bach is a business and City Hall reporter with the (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal. He focuses on watchdog reporting that holds the powerful accountable. His work has been featured on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

That Vibrating ‘Wub Wub Wub’ That Comes From Cracking One Car Window? It’s Not Just You!

Charles Brownstein ’s annoyance with the “throbbing noise” that invades the cockpit of his Porsche 911 at high speeds became so intense that he turned to an orange juice bottle for relief. Like millions of car drivers, including those with humbler vehicles, Mr. Brownstein couldn’t handle the oppressive “wub wub wub” head-exploding sensation when certain windows are rolled down. He fixed a makeshift deflector—made of sturdy plastic cut from the side of a Tropicana juice container—to the sports c

VW’s Dealers Fume While Waiting for Diesel-Car Fix

Volkswagen AG's effort to reverse its U.S. sales slump will get a jump start with the launch of two new vehicles in hot-selling categories. It is bringing out a small wagon in the next several months and a family-size sport-utility vehicle in early 2017. Their advent follows last month’s court-approved agreement for Volkswagen to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle emissions-cheating claims by U.S. customers and regulators. The moves aim to resolve the lingering scandal and reverse

Snap a selfie with a 24-foot bong! Entrepreneurs dream up pot-tourism destinations

For a birthday bash last summer, a group of friends in Oregon rented a bus that wheeled them around Portland while they smoked weed, drank Pabst Blue Ribbon and cranked the Snoop Dogg. They hit a few bars that night, but the vibe on the "Potlandia Experience" bus was way better than anything outside. "It turned into a mobile dance party," said Sweet Summers, who was celebrating her 36th birthday.

Aspiring Nurse Encounters First Gunshots at Oregon College

ROSEBURG, Oregon — Hannah Miles went to Umpqua Community College to study nursing, hoping to one day work in an emergency room. On Thursday, her classroom became an emergency room when 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer killed 10 people and injured eight. At about 10:30 a.m., Miles said she heard “a yardstick or ruler smacking against a chalkboard.” A fellow student joked that it sounded like a shotgun,

Tech Companies Still Trusted More on Autonomous-Car Development

A fatality linked to Tesla Motor Inc.’s Autopilot system has done little to dent confidence in Silicon Valley’s ability to do a better job than traditional auto makers when it comes to development of software for autonomous cars, according to a new AlixPartners LLP survey. The consulting firm surveyed slightly more than 1,500 respondents shortly before the late-June disclosure of the Tesla fatality and then followed up with a revised study after the incident attracted significant attention. In