House GOP Leaders Forced To Again Delay Vote On Compromise Immigration Bill

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET House Republican leaders delayed a vote on the "consensus" immigration legislation Thursday afternoon as they scrambled to convince enough GOP lawmakers to support the measure. The vote on that bill was initially rescheduled for Friday morning. But after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than two hours, leaders delayed it even further — to next week, according to several House Republican sources. A more hard-line immigration bill came up for a vote earlier...

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JPR Live Session: The Bones of J.R. Jones (2018)

When Jonathon Robert Linaberry needs a break from New York city life, he goes upstate, near the Catskills, to renovate a little farmhouse he purchased a couple of years back. As he pours himself into his work, J.R. doesn’t think about texts, email, or even his music, which he performs solo under the moniker The Bones Of J.R. Jones . His only focus is the house.

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No Surprise: Housing Rising Faster Than Wages

Affordable housing is still out of the grasp of many low-wage workers. The National Low Income Housing Coalition just put out its annual report, which shows that workers earning minimum wage and working full time can afford housing in just a few counties in the entire country. We explore the numbers, the issues, and the solutions raised with Diane Yentel, the CEO of NLIHC. We get local input from the Rogue Action Center in the person of Michelle Glass. ACCESS, Inc , also contributes, in the person of James Raison.

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Mars Dust Storm Now 'Planet-Encircling,' Dimming Hopes For NASA Rover

Opportunity, phone home! NASA scientists are still holding out hope they will hear from the surprisingly long-lived Mars rover. It went into snooze mode earlier this month, thanks to a gargantuan dust storm on the Red Planet that's blocking beams from reaching the solar panels that recharge the rover's batteries. But like light on Mars, hopes of hearing from Opportunity anytime soon have dimmed. NASA says the two-week-old storm doubled in size over the weekend, and is now officially a "planet...

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U.S. Population Is Becoming Older, And Less White, Than Ever Before

The U.S. population is getting older and more racially diverse, according to new estimates from the Census Bureau. The findings come out as a separate analysis finds that for the first time, white deaths exceeded births in a majority of states. White people remain the majority in the U.S. — but in new data from the Census Bureau , non-Hispanic whites were the only group that didn't grow from 2016 to 2017. Whites declined by .02 percent to a total of around 198 million people. Among other...

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A contingent of 19 Democratic Senators lambasted the Trump Administration for its “zero tolerance” policy against immigrants today. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

The pastor of the Oakville, Washington Assembly of God church said he was trying to protect his family and the public when he drew his concealed pistol and shot a gunman on Father’s Day.

David George cried at times as he spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the shooting.

Oregon's Booming CBD Market Readies For A Crackdown

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The market for the non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis — CBD — is growing rapidly.

But there’s concern its medical effects are being oversold.

CBD is marketed for everything from back pain to multiple sclerosis, and often appears in products like creams and chocolates.

Speaking on OPB’s "Think Out Loud," attorney Amy Margolis said the cannabis market is exploding.

Children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are showing up in shelters in Oregon and Washington, according to attorneys representing the minors.

"Some of the separated kids have been transferred up to facilities in both states," said Janet Gwilym, managing attorney of the Seattle office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

"Washington had about nine kids that I'm aware of in facilities," she said.

Following two days of raucous heckling and disruption from Portland demonstrators, a regional office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily shuttered, the agency announced Wednesday.

“ICE operations at this location have been temporarily halted due to security concerns,” a statement from an ICE spokesman said. “Normal operations will resume once security concerns have been addressed.”

Appointments at the facility have been canceled.

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Many of the activities that once kept people busy in rural areas just require fewer people now.  So it's hard to keep people down on the farm (or forest). 

One solution for improving rural productivity is to make sure that broadband Internet service is available. 

This is a pet cause of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who is pushing for Congress to fund broadband expansion in rural areas. 

We hear about the needs and the uses of additional money from Zachary Cikanek at Connect Americans Now, and Christopher Tamarin, a broadband specialist in the Oregon Business Development Department.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

The recent discovery of an unusual looking wolf (or is it bear?) shot in Montana has a connection to Oregon. 

Because the federal Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab performed the work to identify the creature, which is indeed a wolf. 

Ken Goddard has been the director of the lab since its inception.  And he can tell us plenty about the tools at the lab's disposal... it's the only fully-equipped lab of its kind in the world, serving 182 countries. 

JPR invites you to the 2nd Annual Great Umpqua Food Truck Competition, Battle of the Bands, & Roseburg Hometown Fireworks, July 4th from 2-11pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to disconnect Oregon from federal tax changes first led to an odd special session. Now, it’s spurred a lawsuit.

As promised, state Sen. Brian Boquist has sued the state Department of Revenue—along with Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek—in state tax court over Senate Bill 1528, which authorized that decoupling. The impact for Oregon taxpayers could be huge.

The head of human resources for the Oregon State Legislature told members of a task force Tuesday that it can be hard to protect people from sexual misconduct in the statehouse.

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