China Tells Farmers To Grow More Soybeans Amid Trade Fight With U.S.

The order came in April. China's government instructed farmers in the country's northeastern breadbasket region to grow more soybeans, calling it "a political priority." But soybean fields lay empty in the village of Sandaogou, which means "Three Ditches," in Liaoning province. It has been a dry spring. "We've had a drought this year, so we planted soybeans late. The seedlings should be out by now. We need more rain," says farmer Liu, who only gives her surname for fear of trouble with local...

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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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Notes From A Commune: "Beginner's Luck"

It was the late 1960s... and Malcolm Terence did what a lot of people did in that time: looked for a different way to live. He'd been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and he was ready for a change. Managing a rock band was fun, but also not the answer. So Malcolm found his way to the Black Bear Ranch, a commune nestled in the mountains by the Oregon-California state line. That's where things got interesting, and Malcolm built himself a life. He tells the story in his first book, Beginner's Luck: Dispatches From the Klamath Mountains .

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A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

Principal Mary Ann Hale dreads weekends. By the time Fridays roll around, 74-year-old Hale, a principal at West Elementary School in McArthur, Ohio, is overcome with worry, wondering whether her students will survive the couple of days away from school. Too many children in this part of Ohio's Appalachian country live in unstable homes with a parent facing addiction. For years, the community has struggled with opioids. Ohio had the second-highest number of drug overdose deaths per capita in...

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Family Separation Is Trump's Immigration Policy. Here's Why He Won't Own It

President Trump and administration officials are walking a fine line on family separation at the border. They argue they don't like the policy, but that their hands are tied — and instead are pointing fingers at Congress to "fix" it. There may be good reason for that — the policy (and it is a Trump administration policy, despite the Homeland Security secretary's claims to the contrary) is unpopular. The president on Tuesday called on Congress to come up with a "third option": for the legal...

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New hardline immigration policies from the federal government have led to backlash nationwide. And in Oregon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an occupation on its hands.

Since President Donald Trump took office, Oregon has sued the administration 16 times.

The lawsuits mostly involve attempts to block Trump administration policies — including suits challenging the crackdown on sanctuary cities, the elimination of a law that makes it easier for young immigrants to stay in the country, the travel ban and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

On average, the state’s caseload against the White House amounts to one lawsuit per month since the inauguration. But compared to other states, Oregon is playing a supporting role.

Backers of a gun control proposal aimed for November’s ballot got some unexpected help from the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday.

The proposal, Initiative Petition 44, has less than three weeks to collect and submit more than 88,000 valid signatures. The petition had been tied up after opponents with the National Rifle Association, Oregon Firearms Federation and other groups challenged its ballot language.

Penalties for distracted driving will get costlier in Oregon, starting next month. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

‘Water Tax’ Debate Continues After California Budget Passage

Jun 18, 2018
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The California budget doesn’t include it, but Gov. Jerry Brown is not done pushing for a new charge on water users, which would fund clean drinking water in rural areas of the state that currently have unsafe tap water.

Special Olympics Oregon Cancels 2018 Games

Jun 18, 2018
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Special Olympics Oregon suspended its 2018 State Games on Monday, citing financial problems.

The World Health Organization just classified "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition.

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It's been a long odyssey for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) project proposed for the Oregon Coast near North Bend. 

The plan, resurrected after an earlier federal denial, requires a pipeline crossing the region from North Bend to the Klamath Falls area. 

State agencies make up a piece of the regulatory puzzle, and a comment period is now open on whether the state should issue a water quality permit.

The Army Corps of Engineers is also accepting comments.

Rogue Climate is one of several groups opposing the permit and the project. 

People will be celebrating the work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles during National Pollinator Week -- June 18-24. Oregonians are zeroing in on bees, an insect with over 500 species in the Pacific Northwest.

The starting gun fires bright and early Thursday morning for the fourth annual running of the maritime Race to Alaska. The 750-mile adventure marathon has been compared to the Iditarod but with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or getting eaten by a grizzly bear.

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