Spanish Prime Minister Takes Unprecedented Step To Dissolve Catalan Government

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Saturday that he was invoking a provision in his country's constitution that allows him to suspend and overtake the regional government of Catalonia as part of his effort to quell its secessionist movement. "I am firing the Catalan regional president and all Catalan government ministers," Rajoy told reporters after a emergency meeting with his Cabinet in Madrid that lasted more than two hours earlier Saturday, as NPR's Lauren Frayer reported to...

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JPR Live Session: Mipso (2017)

Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain , Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.

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China Shuts The Door On American Recyclables

Maybe you never knew where the stuff from your recycled bin ended up... until the recent news from China. China has taken a lot of stuff off the hands of other countries, including nearly half the plastic waste created by the rest of the world. Now the Beijing government says too much of the waste was dirty and/or hazardous, and it is closing the scrap window for many items. That creates issues for recyclers, like Rogue Disposal & Recycling , and regulators, like the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality .

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Iowa Tries A New Domestic Violence Intervention: Mindfulness

Across the parking lot from a YMCA in Des Moines, about a dozen men sit on black plastic chairs in the basement of a former Catholic high school. This is a court-ordered class for domestic abusers, part of a new statewide curriculum for batterer intervention in Iowa. According to police reports, one man here kicked his wife several times in the stomach. Another threw a lamp at his girlfriend's head. Lucas Sampson - a man with the imposing appearance of a viking but the gentle demeanor of...

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DeVos Is Sued By 17 States; Richard Spencer And Colleges; Race and Student Loans

Our weekly roundup of education news and happenings may make you uncomfortable, but please don't ban our inconvenient truths. A Mississippi district bans To Kill A Mockingbird The classic 1960 novel was pulled from a junior high reading list , according to the Biloxi Sun Herald , because some were made "uncomfortable" by the use of the n-word. The decision was roundly criticized. The book was temporarily banned last year from schools in Accomack County, Virginia. New Mexico restores science...

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Starting in January, Oregonians in the market for a new electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle could be offered a significant incentive: a taxpayer-funded rebate of up to $2,500.

A bistate partnership that includes Portland, Beaverton, Milwaukie and Clark County, Washington, has entered the race to land Amazon’s second headquarters.

The regional economic development group Greater Portland Inc. led the application process, which pitches Amazon on sites in four spots or a potential multi-site campus spread across the four communities.

Former President Obama returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office Thursday campaigning for the Democratic candidates for governor in New Jersey and Virginia.

He put the Virginia race, where he was campaigning for Ralph Northam, in the starkest terms.

"We need you to take this seriously, because our democracy is at stake," Obama told a crowd of 7,500 at a packed convention center, "and it's at stake right here in Virginia."

Oregon regulators are proposing new air pollution rules that would limit the total health risk a polluter can impose on its neighbors.

On Friday, the state will start taking public comments on its proposed rules under the Cleaner Air Oregon program Gov. Kate Brown launched last year.

The Hood River County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Thursday against the teenage suspect in the Eagle Creek Fire investigation. The 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly starting the blaze.

The teenager allegedly lobbed a firecracker down a canyon, igniting the fire that torched more than 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Fire forced hundreds of area residents to evacuate and caused school delays and businesses to shut down.

In Northern California, two intoxicants are king — wine and weed.

Both products drive the $3.2 billion-a-year tourism industry in Napa and Sonoma counties. But as wildfires continue to rage through the region this week, marijuana growers and winemakers are struggling to keep their crops safe.

For the first time, scientists have found a deadly plant disease infecting fir trees in the Pacific Northwest.

The so-called “European” strain of sudden oak death showed up in southwest Oregon a few years back. It was known to spread to fir trees in Europe, but that hadn’t been seen in the state.

For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California.

"It's very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That's how we are still able to drive around," said Paniagua, 37. "But the fact is, we have nothing."

Doctors Without Borders

We argue A LOT about health care and its cost in our country. 

But we also do not have some of the problems with health experienced in the rest of the world.  Like in Cambodia, where there is an outbreak of hepatitis C. 

Doctors Without Borders is providing vital care, with a team that includes Rogue Valley physician Teresa Chan

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