Federal Court In San Francisco Blocks Trump's Threat Against Sanctuary Cities

Updated 11:45 p.m. ET A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration cannot withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with immigration authorities, commonly known as sanctuary cities. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued his temporary ruling as a result of two lawsuits brought against the administration by the city of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara. The jurisdictions had argued that billions of federal dollars that support vital...

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JPR Live Session: Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her breakout record Reckless Skyline features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. Produced by Jeffrey Foucault, Reckless Skyline garnered glowing praise from NPR, among others. The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s, “ casually devastating voice and unshakable poise, ” and her “ easy way with folk, blues and country motifs. ”

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Biomass As Economic Development Tool

The days of massive clearcuts of massive trees are largely over, at least on public land. And in this age of smaller-diameter trees, there's plenty of talk of biomass. Think of biomass as the leftovers... woody material too small to turn into lumber, but still big enough to burn. The big question is whether it burns in the forest, or burns in a boiler, creating energy. Both the federal Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry have programs that guide and encourage the use of biomass, as an economic development tool for rural communities.

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A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

People around the world use more than a trillion plastic bags every year. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene that can take decades to break down. But a humble worm may hold the key to biodegrading them. It was an accidental discovery. Scientist and beekeeper Federica Bertocchini was frustrated to find that her beehives were infested with the larvae of Galleria mellonella , commonly known as a wax worm. Bertocchini, who works at the Institute of...

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Flying Cars Are (Still) Coming: Should We Believe The Hype?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMma4c2SPdY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5wMFtawn7I In the 1950s, when America was hopeful and reckless conjecture was encouraged, prognosticators had some wild ideas about 21st century technology. A few came true, like robot companions . Most didn't, like lunar shuttles . But one concept in particular has endured without quite being realized — the flying car. Check those special "future" editions of old magazines and you'll find plenty of stalwart citizens...

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The Trump administration announced it will impose a 20 percent tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada.

The dispute is not new — the United States and Canada have sparred over imports of forest products for decades. But the action comes as the two nations prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which President Trump has harshly criticized.

Riding Beyond

Even if a woman's treatment for breast cancer is over, with cancer gone, life is not the same. 

Physical and emotional effects from the treatment linger. 

Riding Beyond aims to pair women with horses, to improve the health of both. 

Think of it as a large-scale version of a therapy pet. 

The Keenest Observers: The Urban/Rural Divide

Apr 24, 2017
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Our region is full of out-of-the way places. 

But being off the beaten path is not a good thing for everyone.  Small towns can feel boring and even repressive to young people looking to make their way in the world. 

The urban/rural divide is the focus of this month's edition of "The Keenest Observers," hosted by Robert Goodwin. 

DeFazio Says President's Budget Is "Dead On Arrival"

Apr 24, 2017

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke to University of Oregon law students and the City Club of Eugene Friday. He’s been holding community forums this week in his district.

Washington state legislators appear to have bought extra time for travelers who use a standard driver's license to pass through airport security. The Oregon Legislature is plodding down a similar path to make identity card security upgrades demanded by the federal government.

Nature Time Improves Your Well-Being, Says OSU Study

Apr 24, 2017

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that people who spend time in nature feel greater life satisfaction.

That's certainly true for Gig Harbor, Washington, resident Bill Coughlin, who recently spent the day hiking with his kids at Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne, Oregon.

"It recharges me more than anything," Coughlin said, gazing up at the giant red rock face. "There’s nothing like getting back into nature. It’s just so peaceful, too. It’s needed. In our busy lives, it’s just so important."

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers unveiled a proposal Friday to reel in state spending during the upcoming budget cycle.

The plan calls for a two-year hiring freeze on "non-essential positions." It also would halt automatic budget increases tied to inflation for services and supplies.

It comes as lawmakers are preparing to tackle a budget shortfall that's expected to reach $1.6 billion.

Gray wolves are once again the center of attention for Oregon wildlife officials.

The state is considering revisions to the state’s Wolf Management Plan, which directs how the state’s gray wolf population is protected. The plan also addresses how conflicts with humans, livestock and deer and elk population goals should be handled.

“We’re looking at plan, how we implemented it, what works and what doesn’t - and what we could do better,” Wolf Program Coordinator Russ Morgan said Friday at an Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Klamath Falls.

Jordan Cove Donates Big To Squash Measure Opposing Oregon LNG Terminal

Apr 21, 2017
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Opponents to a proposed ballot measure that threatens the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove projects are funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into Coos County to ensure that the ordinance fails at the polls next month.

The state of Oregon has announced a new round of taxpayer-funded grants to help schools and other public buildings better withstand a major earthquake.

The grant program is funded by state bonds. It was created just over a decade ago when lawmakers became convinced of the need to protect critical infrastructure as well as to protect lives of vulnerable people in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

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