Suspect In Manhattan Subway Blast Was Wearing 'Low-Tech' Device

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfrcjfHYqog Updated at 1 p.m. ET New York City police say the suspect in Monday morning's explosion in a subway station tunnel near Times Square was wearing an improvised explosive device and that he suffered burns after it was detonated. Three other people sustained minor injuries. "It was an effectively low-tech device," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference hours later near the site of the blast, calling the news of an explosion "very...

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JPR Live Session: Noah Gundersen (2017)

Noah Gundersen has been peddling sincerity and introspection in musical form for almost a decade; songs that give listeners a taste of the emotional nectar in the pit of another human’s gut. He’s been dredging up viscous fistfulls of his own being and shaping them into little waxen votives, candles meant to illuminate the territory between shameless confession and hopeless redemption, for all of the other twenty-somethings who’ve been groping around in that long existential shadow.

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California Publishes Draft Elk Plan

California was once home to an estimated 500,000 elk. The number is quite a bit smaller now, maybe 13,000, but elk--in three subspecies--are on the rebound, and have been for years. California Fish and Wildlife now has its first draft plan for managing elk across the state, and it is available for public review and comment until late January. Joe Hobbs is an environmental scientist for CF&W.

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Western Seedling Shortage: Your Future Christmas Tree Might Be Hard To Find

You might be in the market for a Christmas tree right about now, but have you thought about what type of Christmas tree you want in eight years? Believe it or not, it might be hard to find one. That’s because of a tree seedling shortage happening right now across the West.

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM It's a typical hectic morning at Michele Comisky's house in Vienna, Va., when she gets a knock on her front door. "Hi, how are you?" Comisky says as she greets Keisha Herbin Smith, a research assistant at Georgetown University. "Come on in." Comisky, 39, leads Herbin Smith into her kitchen. "Which one isn't feeling good?" asks Herbin Smith, glancing at Comisky's children. "That one," Comisky says, pointing to her 8-year-old son, Jackson. Jackson has...

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Oregon Youth Authority Becomes 2nd Agency To Pull Out Of NORCOR

Dec 8, 2017

A second jurisdiction has announced it’ll no longer send children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles.

The Oregon Youth Authority confirmed Friday it’s taking the action after a report of “psychologically harmful conditions” at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

The report by Disability Rights Oregon found NORCOR deprived kids of human contact and the tools for healthy development.

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden agreed to give up his spot on the House-Senate tax bill conference committee at the request of another Republican lawmaker who wanted to serve on it, according to a Walden aide.

Spokesman Justin Discigil said Friday that Walden surrendered his seat on the conference committee to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., because of his legislative work on a proposal in the Senate bill: selling off oil from the strategic petroleum reserve to help raise money for tax cuts.

California billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer is hoping Oregon will be the next state to fight the Trump administration’s policies on climate change.

Oregon Democrats are working on legislation for the upcoming February session that would cap greenhouse gas emissions. Steyer, who was active in California’s push to pass cap-and-trade legislation, is lending his financial support to the state’s progressive endeavor.  

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This time of the year features some colorful characters: Santa Claus, various elves, abundant snow-people, and the Debt Monster.  You may not know that last one--by name, anyway. 

But Debt Monster is the term used by Mark Brauer, a financial planner and the director of the Prosperity Center at Goodwill in Eugene. 

He gives talks about avoiding the clutches of the Debt Monster, which may be especially helpful in this season of high consumer spending. 

The Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt rules that ban cannabis farming on rural residential lots that are 5 acres or smaller.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the county passed the new rules Wednesday night. The board did not determine when they will take affect. 

Opponents have threatened a lawsuit or an appeal to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

The U.S. Department of Energy is about start shoring up another train tunnel full of old radioactive equipment at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington state. This is all happening because a similar train tunnel full of waste—called Tunnel 1—collapsed this spring.

A series of flyers posted around Clark College proclaiming “It’s OK To Be White” and “Make Your Ancestors Proud” prompted two town hall meetings this week.

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members showed up Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour discussion on the posters.  

Federal agencies are a step closer to deciding how best to manage the Columbia River system and protect endangered fish. They outlined goals for a range of plans at a public meeting Thursday.

A series of public meetings this past year gave the agencies plenty to think about. They received more than 400,000 comments about how to protect endangered salmon and steelhead and, at the same time, maintain navigation channels for river traffic, control floods, and meet hydropower demands.

Wasco County Stops Sending Children To NORCOR Jail

Dec 7, 2017

Wasco County won’t be sending any more children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles — at least for now.

The decision comes after a report found “psychologically harmful conditions” at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

The report by Disability Rights Oregon found children at NORCOR as young as 12 being locked in their cells for hours and not being allowed to read, write or draw.

Toni Atkins is sworn in as California Assembly Speaker May 12, 2014.
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Toni Atkins is sworn in as California Assembly Speaker May 12, 2014.

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California Senate Democrats have chosen a new leader, the first woman to ever lead the chamber.

State Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) will replace Kevin de León as Senate president pro Tem, with a formal vote in January and a transition later next year. De León is termed out at the end of 2018 and is mounting a campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

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