Protesters, Supporters Greet President Obama In Roseburg

Updated -- Protesters and supporters greeted President Barack Obama during his visit to Roseburg, Oregon. The President touched down in Marine One Friday afternoon to meet with families of the victims of last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College.
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Eric Teel

JPR Live Session: Martin Sexton (2015)

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton creates music that instantly draws you in. His songs cover the American musical landscape of soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. Sexton slides easily from the mellow tenor that Rolling Stone calls “soul marinated” to a surprisingly beautiful falsetto and back down again to a raspy blues shout, creating an experience that is dynamic and emotional. His energetic and heartfelt live performances have earned him legions of devoted fans and critical acclaim.
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Hazelwood (MO) School District

Preparing For An Active Shooter

The shooting deaths at Umpqua Community College remind us that people can show up with deadly intent anywhere. A police officer who wanted to keep his wife--a school principal--safe developed a training program for dealing with active shooters. Greg Crane calls his program ALICE, for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. He has worked with the Eugene Police, among many others.
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California Approves A Sweeping Digital Privacy Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the most sweeping and stringent digital privacy law in the country on Thursday.The American Civil Liberties Union called it a "landmark victory for digital privacy."In essence, the law requires a warrant before any business turns over any of its clients' metadata or digital communications to the government.Wired reports:"State senators Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) wrote the legislation earlier this year to give digital...
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The Zoo In You: You Thought You Were Human. But You're Not.

“Do you know if this is lacto-fermented?” a woman asks me, sniffing the sauerkraut at the salad bar of the Ashland Food Co-op. “It smells like it.” It’s eight a.m. and Betsy Hicks and her husband, John Hicks, M.D., a pediatrician in private practice in Los Gatos, California, are stopping in Ashland on their way to Portland to visit family. “I think so,” I venture. I recognize the label. “It’s made right down the street.” “Fantastic!” Betsy exclaims. The office manager for her husband’s...
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Hospital Confirms Chris Mintz Released

Oct 8, 2015

One of the wounded victims of last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College has been released from the hospital.

Commercial imports of elephant ivory have been banned by federal and international law for decades. But now wildlife activists are pressing West Coast states to pass their own laws to deter the poaching of elephants and rhinos.

S.O. Pride Facebook page

The celebration may turn up a few notches at this year's Southern Oregon Pride Festival, Saturday (Oct. 10) in Ashland. 

This is the year the Supreme Court overturned state laws banning same-sex marriage, and there have been other gains for the LGBTQ community. 

But changes in attitudes toward gay rights seldom move in a straight line, pun unintentional. 

Arcata House Partnership

Trying to get homeless people off the streets and into homes is a process that bedevils communities across the country. 

Arcata took a major step recently with the opening of Arcata Bay Crossing, described as a "supportive housing" development. 

It is the product of work by several organizations, including Arcata House Partnership, which has worked for years on solutions to homelessness. 

Community Raises Money For Victims Of UCC Shooting

Oct 7, 2015

Memorials are planned this weekend for some of the people who were killed in last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College. Meanwhile, the community is raising money to help all the victims and their families.

Umpqua Bank started an account with $25 thousand soon after the shootings. The website for donations is managed by Greater Douglas United Way in Roseburg. Bryan Trenkle is Executive Director. He says close to a half million dollars has been raised so far at

Police are still investigating the degree to which marijuana was a factor in a car crash around 8 a.m. Monday that killed a pedestrian.

But witness statements and the initial investigation indicate 27-year-old Jacob McLeod Walters was smoking seconds before the crash.

Police say Walters hit a 46-year-old Elizabeth Irma Kemble. She was crossing Burnside Street in Gresham when she was fatally hit. She was in a crosswalk and on her way to the MAX light rail.

Investigators say she landed in the street, 35 feet from the point of impact.

Thousands More Kitzhaber Emails Released

Oct 7, 2015

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released more than 17,000 pages of emails Tuesday from two email accounts former Gov. John Kitzhaber used for state business.

The emails span 2012 to 2013 and cover a broad range of subjects.

They capture months of tense negotiations between Kitzhaber and top Obama administration officials. The former governor was aggressively lobbying federal officials for additional funding to expand Medicaid coverage in Oregon under the Affordable Care Act.

The emails also offer a window into former first lady Cylvia Hayes’ role in the governor’s office.

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A number of community colleges around Oregon held vigils Wednesday evening to honor the victims of the shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. 

Northwest communities are breathing easier than many places in the United States after federal regulators clamped down on ozone pollution, the main component of smog.

The Environmental Protection Area last week lowered the acceptable limit to 70 parts per billion. The new clean air standard is not as far-reaching as health and environmental advocates were calling for. But it’s more strict than many industry representatives wanted to see.

As of 2014, no region in Washington or Oregon were averaging greater than 65 parts per billion.

What is ozone?

Republican presidential candidates have remained firmly opposed to more gun control measures in the wake of last week's tragic shooting at an Oregon community college.

Instead, most are urging a renewed focus on mental health with a caution not to react too quickly before all the facts are known — but some of them have reacted inartfully at best.


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