President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser

Updated at 4:35 pm E.T. President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The president made the announcement in a brief appearance before reporters at Mar-a-Lago, his resort estate in Florida on Monday. He spent part of the...

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JPR Live Session: Leftover Salmon

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre.

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The Ethics Of Making A New Universe In A Lab

We know a few things about the birth of the universe. Do we know enough to recreate the process? The question alone provokes thought. But scientists have been pondering it for a while now, convinced that they could create small universes in laboratories. A Big Bang in a Little Room by Zeeya Merali considers both physical and ethical obstacles to lab-created "baby universes."

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75 Years Later, Americans Still Bear Scars Of Internment Order

It has been three-quarters of a century since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order, issued just over two months after Japan's surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, gave the U.S. military the ability to designate areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded." There was no mention of any particular ethnic or racial group anywhere in the order. Nevertheless, the implications were quickly quite clear: Not even a week passed before people of Japanese...

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Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

The chief of Facebook made an ambitious announcement last week, though it would have been easy to miss. It came Thursday afternoon — about the same time that President Trump held his news conference. While the reality-TV icon is a genius at capturing our attention, the technology leader's words may prove to be more relevant to our lives, and more radical. Mark Zuckerberg posted a nearly 6,000-word essay to his page, entitled "Building Global Community." Many are calling it a "manifesto." His...

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When a convicted felon, domestic abuser or fugitive tries to buy a gun in Oregon and is denied after a background check, a state trooper comes calling. Sometimes it leads to an arrest and prosecution.

But when this happens in Washington, it’s a different story.

From Rickshaws To A VW Bus, Ashland Inventor Taps Solar Power

Feb 18, 2017
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A rickshaw motoring down a busy, bumpy street in Mumbai and an old VW van taking the hairpin turns around the Oregon Coast have something in common — an Ashland inventor.

Brett Belan is giving a new life to both rickshaw and van, cellphone and house lights through his discovery of improved components to outfit them with renewable energy.

As a second trial continues for activists who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a former reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

John Sepulvado, who now works in California, interviewed Ryan Bundy for a broadcast last year on Jan. 9.

Small Oregon Credit Union Offers Banking To Marijuana Businesses

Feb 17, 2017

The federal ban on marijuana means banking is a big problem for marijuana businesses.

Some owners are driving around with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. But now, one small Willamette Valley credit union is opening accounts for them.

Shane Saunders with MAPS Credit Union said they’ve opened more than 100 accounts.

“Really for us it’s about community safety and about serving our community," he said.

He said account holders are extensively vetted, including a visit to their business, to make sure they’re not doing anything illegal.

Oregon lawmakers who are trying to decide whether to seek re-election would have to make up their minds sooner under a measure introduced Thursday.

Planned Parenthood

It's been pointed out many times that abortion makes up a small percentage of the services offered by Planned Parenthood. 

Despite that--and a law barring federal funding of abortion--Planned Parenthood remains a target of conservatives in Congress.  They would like to eliminate all federal funding for the agency. 

That would have an impact in many places.  But an uneven impact, because Planned Parenthood's services differ from place to place.  Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon is the affiliate north of the state line. 

President and CEO Lisa Gardner and External Affairs Director Sky Loos visit. 

Oregon Right to Life

Oregon Right to Life seeks to protect human life from conception to death, and a natural death at that. 

ORTL often finds itself mentioned in the same paragraphs as Planned Parenthood, because it takes issue with abortion and other practices of that organization. 

ORTL formed even before the Supreme Court legalized abortion with the Roe vs Wade decision in 1973. 

Southern Oregon chapter rep Bryan Platt visits the Exchange. 

Siding with the government, a federal judge ruled Thursday that Ammon Bundy’s former attorney, Marcus Mumford, will go to trial before a judge, not a jury.

Mumford had asked U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour to dismiss all three misdemeanor counts against him, stemming from an incident last fall where U.S. marshals tackled and used a stun gun on him after a jury acquitted Bundy.

In his ruling, Coughenour agreed to dismiss one of the misdemeanor counts against Mumford: creating disturbances by impeding or disrupting the performance of official duties.

Spanish version (Versión en español): Rumores Acerca De Redadas De Inmigración En Oregon, Crea Pánico Entre La Comunidad Inmigrante

Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, say they arrested more than 680 people last week in a series of operations in major cities.

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