President Trump Vows To 'Liberate' U.S. From Opioid Crisis

President Trump outlined a wide-ranging plan to combat the opioid epidemic on Monday, including an ad campaign to discourage drug use, expand addiction treatment and pursue a get-tough approach to law enforcement. "Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or a manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable," Trump told an audience in Manchester, N.H. "Failure is not an option," he...

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JPR Live Session: Seth Walker

“ Sometimes you have to remind yourself why you started something in the first place, ” muses Seth Walker. On his stellar new album, Gotta Get Back , he does precisely that, excavating the roots of his love affair with music and reuniting with the family that helped spark the fire all those years ago. The record is as remarkable as the story behind it, which stretches from Walker’s childhood living on a commune in North Carolina to stints in Austin, Nashville, New York and New Orleans.

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Why Housing Got So Expensive In Oregon

In Western Oregon, it's the story in place after place: too many people for too few houses. Low vacancy rates drive up both housing costs and homelessness. Josh Lehner in the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis knows the numbers well.

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Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists

A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, finds that in 99 percent of neighborhoods in the United States, black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys who come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. This undermines the widely-held belief that class, not race, is the most fundamental predictor of economic outcomes for children in the U.S. The study looked at racial disparities in income over generations by looking at de-identified data from 20...

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Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression

Lawmakers in California will begin debate next month on a bill that would require doctors to screen new moms for mental health problems — once while they're pregnant and again, after they give birth. But a lot of doctors don't like the idea. Many obstetricians and pediatricians say they are are afraid to screen new moms for depression and anxiety. "What are you going to do with those people who screen positive?" says Dr. Laura Sirott , an OBGYN who practices in Pasadena. "Some providers have...

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Javier Maldonado arrived at the jail around 8 a.m., July 20.

Police had charged him with trespassing, a misdemeanor, after they said Maldonado entered his neighbor’s apartment in Hood River, Oregon.

Maldonado was ordered to get fingerprinted at North Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities, the jail in The Dalles. And then he was supposed to be released.

Except the jail didn’t let him go.

Instead, officials at the jail locked him up because U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement sent documents asking jail staff to hold Maldonado in custody.

The inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago in San Francisco.

"People in front of me started lighting up and then other people started lighting up," says Matthew Springer, a biologist and professor in the division of cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. "And for a few naive split seconds I was thinking to myself, 'Hey, they can't smoke in AT&T Park! I'm sure that's not allowed.' And then I realized that it was all marijuana."

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This week’s alert that Russian hackers targeted U.S. power and water plants should be taken seriously, but doesn’t mean there’s an imminent threat to California’s critical infrastructure, including nuclear facilities, according to the state’s top emergency manager.

The province of British Columbia will support and has agreed to contribute money for further study of bullet train service from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver.

'Dreamers' Of Oregon, Captured In Portraits

Mar 18, 2018

Navigating life after the March 5 DACA deadline means a deepened feeling of life between worlds.

This is the first story in an occasional series on Oregon's Office of Child Welfare by "Think Out Loud." See the other parts here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

A second top executive at Nike sportswear has resigned following allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior.

The Wall Street Journal reports Jayme Martin, Nike's vice president and general manager of global categories, resigned Friday. Martin also worked closely with Brand President Trevor Edwards, who announced his departure from the company Thursday.

Canadian oil has found a new route to Asia: It’s moving by rail through Washington to a shipping terminal in Portland.

In the long run, Canada wants to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline to move oil from the Alberta tar sands west to British Columbia — and from there onto ships that would travel through the Salish Sea and then onto Asia.

But that expansion has yet to begin. And oil producers have instead begun shipping that oil by rail to Portland and loading it onto vessels for export.

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Governor Kate Brown Friday ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of Ashland Police Officer Malcus Williams, who died on duty after a medical episode while responding to an emergency call on March 2.

Flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, March 17, the date of Officer Williams' memorial service.


California suffered through years of drought, and implemented restrictions on water use.  Then the rains came--a year ago--and the restrictions came off. 

Now the state appears headed for another drought, and there is talk of making water restrictions permanent.  The state Water Resources Control Board hasn't gotten there yet, but plans are on the table. 

That has the attention of water users and people who work on their behalf.  Christopher Neary is a water rights attorney in Northern California; Jennifer Harder teaches law at University of the Pacific


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