More Than Twice As Many Women Are Running For Congress In 2018 Compared With 2016

It was Saturday afternoon, and Abigail Spanberger was in a busy hallway at the Chesterfield County Public Library in Midlothian, Va., minutes away from training a room of about 40 campaign volunteers. She seemed ready for a quick interview, but then abruptly called out to her campaign manager. "Hey Dana, Eileen Davis is about to come through. Can you head her off at the pass so she doesn't interrupt the — " She cut herself off and turned to me. "That's my mother," Spanberger said, laughing....

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JPR Live Session: Tyson Motsenbocker

In North Central Washington State, Tyson Motsenbocker grew up in the apple orchards and pine forests at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s the pastoral sound of his childhood that has defined the sound of his music, even among the freeways and fast pace of his new Southern California home. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads, Motsenbocker defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay.

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Think About Living In "The Sustainable City"

If you're thinking that the key to humans living sustainably lies in the countryside, you're looking in the wrong direction. Cities are where most of the people live, and they will have to pave the way (no pun intended) in demonstrating that people can live in harmony with the planet, putting back what we take from it. That's the view of Steven Cohen, who runs the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He fleshes his argument out in The Sustainable City , a glimpse of the urban systems of the future.

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How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOPJ5IzE0Og It's shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years. If you are one of the thousands of Americans who are sick with the flu, this one's for you. You've spent the past couple of days cooped up in your house watching bad TV, fighting the fever sweats and expelling a baffling amount of mucus. As you start to resemble a human being again, you might feel pressure to head back to work. But when is it really OK to return? Many people go back as...

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Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Animals that live in the ocean communicate with sound — humpback whales, for example. But these voices could soon be drowned out by powerful sonic booms from vessels searching for oil and gas. President Trump is opening up the Atlantic Coast to companies to explore for fresh reserves. And to explore, they will be making some of the loudest sounds ever heard in the ocean — sounds that, according to recent research, could harm marine animals from whales to plankton. Five companies are currently...

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Oregon continues to produce more wine over time, but its production of beer ingredients may be even more impressive. 

Hops are a major agricultural product in Oregon, the number three state behind Washington and Idaho.  And the hop harvest over the past five years has zoomed, up 77 percent. 

People who know hops say this is probably the peak; there are enough hops to meet the demand, and then some. 

Jaki Brophy speaks for hop growers at USA Hops in Yakima, Washington. 

Erich Ferdinand, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63988292

You know how people always say you should not run from a dog that appears threatening?  That's because the dog is more likely to run after you if you create a chase situation. 

And it's apparently just as true of wolves as it is of dogs. 

Mark Coats is a rancher in the Tulelake area, just as concerned as any rancher about the rise of wolves in the region.  He offers advice through the web at Rancher Predator Awareness, including ways to train cattle not to run when confronted by predators. 

If you're looking for an adrenaline-packed event to watch on TV during this year’s Winter Games, you’ll almost certainly be drawn to ski jumping. It’s a sport where the competitors speed down a ramp at nearly 60 mph before soaring hundreds of feet through the air.

It looks so extreme, you probably wonder how these athletes get their start.

Ben Adler/ Capital Public Radio

There is a new, on-the-record sexual harassment allegation against California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia – one of the #MeToo movement’s most prominent voices at the state Capitol.

One of Garcia’s former staffers, David Kernick, has filed a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The Eugene Airport has added a third security screening lane. Officials say it’ll speed things along as passenger traffic grows. But an Oregon representative is rankled by a proposed fee increase.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

As it turns out, Oregon doesn't appear to face an immediate budget crunch from the new federal tax law.

That's the conclusion of a new state economic forecast released Friday showing that the state is picking up enough additional revenue to stay in the black for the rest of the 2017-19 budget cycle.

That new forecast led Gov. Kate Brown to warn her fellow Democrats in the Legislature to scale back a bill that would curb tax breaks for smaller companies.

"I believe we must protect small businesses, the engine of our economic growth," Brown said in a statement.

UPDATE (Feb. 16, 3:51 p.m. PST) — The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday that former Gov. John Kitzhaber violated state ethics law and used his office for personal gain.

The commission was considering an investigation released earlier this week that focused on the former governor’s decision to place his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, in a state role where she could have used her position to financially benefit their household.

In most coffee shops, you can choose a cup of joe brewed with beans from countries like Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Yemen. Now, a new crop of coffee growers is working to get coffee brewed from California-grown beans included on those menus.

When Mark Gaskell moved to California after working in coffee-growing regions in Central America, he noticed coffee plants growing in gardens and wondered if large-scale production was an option.

Members and staff of the California Senate Rules Committee prepare to meet in closed session on Friday, February 16, 2018, to discuss the sexual harassment investigation into Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Whittier).
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Members and staff of the California Senate Rules Committee prepare to meet in closed session on Friday, February 16, 2018, to discuss the sexual harassment investigation into Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Whittier).

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

The California Senate has formally received the sexual harassment investigation into Los Angeles County Democrat Tony Mendoza conducted by outside lawyers – and his fate now lies with his colleagues.

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Long-time artistic director Bill Rauch will leave the Ashland-based Oregon Shakespeare Festival next year to head the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Performing Arts at the World Trade Center in New York City. He will stay at OSF through August 2019.

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