Trump Intensifies Push On What He Calls Improper Snooping With 'Spygate' Brand

Updated at 2:12 p.m. ET President Trump intensified his attack on federal law enforcement as he sought to strengthen his case that the FBI's investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia actually amounted to unlawful political snooping. "I hope it's not so, but if it is, there's never been anything like it in the history of our country," the president said Wednesday. He told reporters before boarding Marine One that he didn't believe he was undercutting the FBI as he charged...

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JPR Live Session: Gordi

On the farm in rural Australia where Sophie Payten – AKA Gordi – grew up, there’s a paddock that leads down to a river. A few hundred metres away up the driveway of the property named “Alfalfa” sits another house, which belongs to her 93-year-old grandmother. The rest, she says, “ is just beautiful space. And what else would you fill it with if not music? ”

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Gun Deaths Drop In Urban California, Not Rural

The "conventional wisdom" on firearm deaths is that the rates are higher in urban areas. In California, the conventional wisdom is wrong. The Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis studied firearm deaths--homicide and suicide--from 2000 to 2015. The overall rate of firearm homicide dropped 30% over that time... almost all of it in urban areas. Rural areas have seen no such decline.

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California's Message To Hospitals: Shape Up Or Lose 'In-Network' Status

Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care. Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven't met certain designated targets for safety and quality, they'll risk being excluded from the "in-network" designation of health plans sold on the state's insurance exchange. "We're saying 'time's up,' " says Dr. Lance Lang , the chief medical...

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House Passes 'Right-To-Try' Bill For Experimental Drugs

Legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to get access to experimental drugs is headed to the president's desk. The House on Tuesday passed a "right-to-try" bill that was approved by the Senate in 2017. "People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to find a cure," said Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, on the House floor Tuesday. The bill, which President Trump is expected to sign, has patient advocates divided. Patient groups including the American...

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The 2018 Music on the Half Shell season was announced on May 22nd, and will feature a diverse lineup of artists over eight weeks this summer at Roseburg's Stewart Park.

The full season includes:

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How do you make an old-growth forest?  Start with a younger forest, for one thing. 

The Redwoods Rising Project aims to create old-growth redwood forest where lands have already been logged. 

It joins the forces of the Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks, and the National Park Service to help turn what is now mixed forest into true redwood forest. 

Emily Burns is science director for SRL, Jay Chamberlin works for the state park system. 

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Siskiyou County's representative in Congress, Doug LaMalfa, introduced a bill to restore federal status to a group of Native Americans in the county. 

And some of the most outspoken people opposing the move are representatives from other tribes. 

The Ruffey Rancheria would gain the benefits of restoration if the bill passes, but the Karuk Tribe and others question whether the people seeking restoration are even related to members of the original rancheria. 

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Biochar is gaining ground as a way to sequester carbon in the ground. 

Is it as simple as burying charcoal in the ground?  Not quite... charcoal and biochar are a little different, and we invited several guests to help us understand the differences and the process. 

Johannes Lehmann at Cornell University is well-versed in biochar; he joins us by phone. 

And we welcome Kelpie Wilson of Wilson Biochar into the studio, along with a rep from Oregon Biochar Solutions in White City. 

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Hydraulic fracturing to get oil and gas out of the ground--"fracking"--troubles a lot of people.  Including a majority of the city council in Lafayette, Colorado

The council adopted a Climate Bill of Rights and Protections last year, and is making other moves to keep fracking activities from starting within city limits. 

City Councilor Merrily Mazza is one of the fracking opponents, and she's taking her message on the road, to Medford last night (May 22), and to North Bend and Eugene Wednesday and Thursday. 

Last night, nearly 200 people gathered in Springfield’s William S. Fort Memorial Park to hold a candlelight vigil. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event was to mark 20 years since the Thurston School Shooting.

The North Bend School District will remove a high school principal over discrimination against LGBTQ students.  

The move comes as part of a settlement with the ACLU of Oregon.  

Students accused North Bend High School Principal Bill Lucero of ignoring repeated harassment by teachers, staff and students.

Those harassments, according to investigation files, included LGBTQ students being forced to read the Bible as punishment, a teacher comparing same-sex marriage to "marrying your dog," and the principal's own son using a homophobic slur against two students.

The judge in the Eagle Creek Fire case has ordered the teen boy who admitted starting the blaze to pay $36.6 million in restitution.

Oregon's juvenile delinquency statute requires youth to fully pay any economic damages they cause to victims of the Columbia River Gorge fire. 

On May 21, 1998, a teenage boy wearing a trench coat walked into the Thurston High School cafeteria in Springfield, Oregon, and began shooting at his fellow students.

The shooter was 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel. He was armed with more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, along with two pistols when he started firing his father’s Ruger .22 caliber rifle.

Kinkel killed two students at Thurston and wounded 25 others. Later, police found Kinkel’s parents’ dead at home. He had shot them as well.

Oregon Legislature Approves Gov. Kate Brown's Tax Break For Business

May 21, 2018

Amid apprehension from both Republicans and Democrats, Gov. Kate Brown managed to usher a deal through the Oregon Legislature on Monday to give tax breaks to some of the state’s businesses.

Republicans criticized the one-day special session as an election-year political stunt, while Democrats said the tax cut comes at a time when the state is in desperate need for money to fund schools and health care.

The measure, however, sailed through the House with a 51-to-8 vote; the Senate passed it 18-12.

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