Justice Antonin Scalia, Known For Biting Dissents, Dies At 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, was found dead Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed. Scalia, who had been staying at a luxury ranch in West Texas, was 79 years old."On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away," Roberts said in a statement. "He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasu...
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JPR Live Session: Gypsy Soul (2016)

Enticing but never predictable, Gypsy Soul mixes every influence they love into their compositions, creating the familiar sound that is exclusively Gypsy Soul –Roots, Soul, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Pop. Over the years the duo has produced 12 albums, each a collection of exquisitely composed songs reflecting their lives at that particular moment in history, and each a journey evolved from and moving beyond those that came before.
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How The High Snowpack Figures In Climate Science

The recent reports on snowpack in the region are encouraging. In Southern Oregon, snowpack is way above what is considered normal for January. But that's one month, and a lot can happen on the way to spring and summer.
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Watch Now: Discovering Valhalla

Oregon Field Guide assembles its largest, most complex expedition ever to take you on an unparalleled adventure of discovery. They travel deep into the wilderness to explore and bring back the first images of a hidden geologic wonder right here in Oregon.Related Content: Go Behind The Scenes Of OPB's Toughest Shoot Copyright 2016 ERTHFX. To see more, visit ERTHFX.
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#MemeoftheWeek: What Would Honest Abe Really Think Of Politics Today?

Abraham Lincoln trended on Twitter this week. Wait, what? Honest Abe proved what's become a hipster creed: Everything old becomes new again.Friday would have been the 16th president's 207th birthday — as good a time as any to bring him back with a party hat on him (like the House Republicans did):There were also memes of Lincoln holding pizzas, stereos and cellphones. But the memes also quickly became about the presidential candidates, with the hashtag #ThingsLincolnDidntSay. Talk about putti...
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FBI Begins Processing Malheur Refuge Crime Scene

Feb 12, 2016

The occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ended Thursday, but the work to secure the area, now considered a crime scene, only just began.

The FBI opened parts of the refuge for media access Friday, some 24 hours after the final four occupiers turned themselves over to law enforcement without incident.

A plan to hike Oregon's minimum wage is moving forward in the state legislature. The state Senate Thursday approved a measure that would increase the wage to as much as $14.75 per hour over the next six years.

Nine additional militants associated with the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were charged Thursday with conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.

Those named in the indictment were Blaine Cooper, Corey Lequieu, Neil Wampler, Jason Charles Blomgren, Darryl William Thorn, Wesley Kjar and Eric Lee Flores. Those seven were arrested and the other two remain at large and, thus, have not been named in the indictment.

Melissa Cooper told OPB her husband was arrested in front of their two girls.

Two Democratic congressmen from Oregon said federal prosecutors should have acted much earlier to arrest Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Had authorities acted sooner, the lawmakers said it might have discouraged militants inspired by Bundy from occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Portland and Peter DeFazio of Springfield on Thursday called for tough federal prosecution against both Bundy and the militants who ended their nearly six-week long occupation the same day.

After 41 days, the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge concluded when the last four militants surrendered to the FBI. Reactions to the occupiers’ every move came in real time online as negotiations streamed live.

The 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is over. The final four remaining occupiers surrendered to the FBI Thursday morning without incident.

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The recent reports on snowpack in the region are encouraging. 

In Southern Oregon, snowpack is way above what is considered normal for January. 

But that's one month, and a lot can happen on the way to spring and summer. 

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Rebecca Wood likes to read faces, but it's not about divining the emotions that lurk behind them. 

She's a whole lot more interested in whole foods and other nutritious goodies for the body. 

And Wood says she can tell by reading faces just what nutrients people lack. 

It's the center of her book Read Your Face.  Wood lives in the Ashland area; she visits the studio to talk about her work, with a special reading of the three leading candidates for president. 

Health Officials Say Risk Of Zika In Oregon Low

Feb 10, 2016

Oregon has confirmed its first case of Zika virus since world health officials declared it a global public health emergency.

Oregon health officials say the case involves a woman who fell ill after visiting a Zika-affected country. The woman has since recovered. Health officials said federal privacy protections keep them from disclosing more about her.

Commissioners from Grant County, Oregon, heard from the public Wednesday about a resolution that calls for an end to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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