Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Trump's Third Attempt At Travel Ban

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET A federal judge in Hawaii has partially blocked President Trump's third attempt to restrict entry into the U.S. for citizens of certain countries. The Department of Justice says it plans to appeal. The newest version of the travel ban was due to go into effect on Wednesday. Like two previous executive orders, it was challenged in multiple courts. The new ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson is only one piece of the complicated legal puzzle over the long-term fate of the...

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JPR Live Session: Mipso (2017)

Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain , Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.

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Why Drug Prices Are Hard To Regulate

The reaction was sharp and negative when Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of one of its drugs... from $13.50 per pill to $750.00. The company CEO was later sent to jail, but not for the drug prices. Regulators appear powerless to affect drug prices. Or did, until California passed a state law to require drugmakers to provide more information and time when they raise prices. We discuss drug prices and how they are set with Mariana Socal of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health . We also touch on the affordability of drug prices for cancer patients with hematologist-oncologist Dr. Vinay Prasad of Oregon Health and Sciences University.

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Amid The Horrors Of Wildfire, A Tale Of Survival And Singed Whiskers

The toll from the Northern California wildfires continues to mount. More than 40 people have perished. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Farms, cars, livelihoods, artifacts of lives lived. In times like these, sometimes the only thing people have to hold onto are the little stories of survival. This one is about goats and one very loyal dog. It was 1 o'clock in the morning on Oct. 9 when Claire Mollard's husband called and told her to pack up some valuables and think about evacuating...

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

People who have obsessive-compulsive disorder can get trapped inside a thought. It repeats itself, like a stuck song. Did I lock the door? Is that doorknob clean enough to touch? I better wash my hands again — and again. The biology underpinning this loop remains murky to scientists, but scientists are beginning to sniff out potential genetic factors behind OCD and shed light on how the disorder affects the brain. Research published Tuesday in Nature Communications identifies four genes with...

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Authorities are increasingly optimistic that they have turned the tide in their week-long battle against the deadliest wildfires in California's history.

Lighter winds were helping firefighters both in the air and on the ground to contain the majority of the biggest fires, and rain forecast for later in the week would further boost their efforts, NPR's David Schaper reports from Santa Rosa.

Wildlife Managers Track Daughter Of Famous OR-7 Wolf

Oct 16, 2017
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State and federal wildlife managers will again be able to track gray wolf OR-7’s Rogue Pack now that one of his presumed offspring is sporting a new GPS collar.

Just minutes before a midnight deadline, California Gov. Jerry Brown cleared his desk Sunday night by acting on the final few dozen of the nearly 1,000 bills sent his way this year by state lawmakers.

Oregonians will be voting on a tax on hospital and health insurance companies next January.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday that opponents of the tax had successfully gathered enough valid signatures to force a vote. It means that all registered voters in Oregon will receive a ballot in early January for a rare mid-winter special election.

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Maybe you never knew where the stuff from your recycled bin ended up... until the recent news from China. 

China has taken a lot of stuff off the hands of other countries, including nearly half the plastic waste created by the rest of the world. 

Now the Beijing government says too much of the waste was dirty and/or hazardous, and it is closing the scrap window for many items. 

That creates issues for recyclers, like Rogue Disposal & Recycling, and regulators, like the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Ashland Automotive

Even if you can change a tire or swap out a car battery, there's a good chance your knowledge of the other stuff inside your car is limited.  That's why we take our cars to somebody else for repair. 

But how do you know for sure that the repair you got was the repair you needed?  Stories abound of technicians doing unnecessary work on vehicles. 

Zach Edwards employs repair technicians at Ashland Automotive.  And in a special edition of The Squeaky Wheel, he shares tips on what to watch for when arranging for work to be done on your car or truck. 

Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion, Misconduct

Oct 16, 2017

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban after leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was freed in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.

Bergdahl, a native of Idaho, pleaded guilty before the military judge in the case, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, at a hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

California Senate Leader De León To Run Against US Sen. Feinstein

Oct 16, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

As several Republican U.S. senators gear up for re-election fights from within their own party, a prominent Democrat now faces one too. California state Senate leader Kevin de León says he’s challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid next year.

Firefighters Gain Ground On California Wildfires

Oct 16, 2017

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

Fire crews were starting to gain the upper hand on numerous blazes in Northern California that have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes, but officials warned that the deadliest wildfires in the state's history were far from extinguished.

The death toll rose Monday after "a private water tender driver assigned to the Nuns Fire tragically died in a vehicle rollover on Oakville Grande in Napa County," according to Cal Fire. The driver has not yet been publicly identified.

Oregon farmers planted the state’s first legal crops of industrial hemp a couple of years ago. Now the first Washington state farmer to plant the non-drug cousin of marijuana has harvested the crop. 


Hemp entrepreneur Cory Sharp is fairly happy with Washington’s first legal crop in almost 90 years. His farmer partners harvested 105 acres earlier this month from irrigated fields near Moses Lake. 


But the celebration is tempered because the crop is unsold.


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