2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you're not going crazy. The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released its annual State of the Climate report , which says it's the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880. A separate analysis , by NASA scientists, came to the same conclusion. The news comes as...

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JPR Live Session: The Paper Kites

Aussie folk-rockers The Paper Kites initially formed around the duo of Sam Bentley and Christina Lacy, who had been performing and writing together since high school. Members David Powys (guitar/banjo), Sam Rasmussen (bass/synth), and Josh Bentley (drums) were recruited from other Melbourne-based bands in 2010 to complete the lineup that was responsible for their debut single "Bloom."

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Hot Fires Hammer Conifers

Ideally, an area burned in a forest fire can be left alone, and the forest will regenerate naturally. But not all fires create ideal situations. In fact, the large, hot fires of California appear to stall the regeneration of conifer forests. That's the finding of a joint study of the US Forest Service and the plant sciences department at the University of California-Davis. If conifers do not grow back naturally, how should humans help?

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Modern Cosmology Turns 100

A mere two years after completing his daring General Theory of Relativity in 1915 — where gravity is interpreted as resulting from the curvature of space and time around a massive body — Albert Einstein wrote a daring article, taking on the whole universe under his new lens. Given that mass tells space how to bend, he reasoned, if he knew the mass contained in the entire universe, he could derive its geometry as a whole. For the first time in history, a single mind attempted to derive the...

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Gulf Between Richest And Poorest Is Wider Than Previously Thought, Oxfam Says

For several years, Oxfam International has released an annual report on global wealth inequity. The numbers were startling: In the 2016 report , Oxfam said the world's richest 62 people owned as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion. The numbers were also wrong, Oxfam announced Monday. Better data show that last year's report should have said that just nine billionaires possessed as much wealth as the poorest half of the planet in 2016. And this year, Oxfam says , you only need eight...

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Calif. State Senators Question Proposed Spending Cuts

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California Senators are questioning Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to cut back state spending and the revenue projections that proposal is based on. The Senate budget committee met for its first hearing on the plan Tuesday.

A Deficit-Sized Math Error In California

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An unforeseen deficit now projected for the next California budget is due, in part, to a math error.

The Boeing Company's CEO Tuesday had a second face-to-face meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to talk jet prices. Boeing's Dennis Muilenburg said they discussed a multi-billion dollar contract to replace the aging Air Force One jumbo jets and about new fighter jets for the military.

A partial repeal of Obamacare could leave 18 million people who have insurance today with no coverage one year later, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The report estimates that 32 million people would lose their insurance over 10 years.

In one of his last moves in office, President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked a massive trove of military secrets to WikiLeaks.

The former intelligence analyst's prison sentence has been shortened to expire on May 17, 2017, according to a statement from the White House.

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The child foster care system can't seem to stay out of the news for long. 

The very concept of foster care comes with some issues: removing children from their homes and putting them in the care of strangers.  Tweaks and overhauls come about from time to time, but some issues remain. 

The court appointed special advocate--CASA--system is designed to keep another set of eyes on kids in foster care, and the voluntary system is always looking for new volunteers. 

CASA of Siskiyou County is one of many such programs around the country, and we learn more about the system in this interview. 

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The news from Washington was expected, but it came with a surprise. 

President Obama did indeed decide to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Jackson, Klamath, and Siskiyou Counties.  But the expansion, 47,000 acres or so, did not double the footprint of the existing monument. 

Just the same, pro-monument groups hailed the decision and anti-expansion groups criticized it. 


California counties are trying to figure out how they’ll keep funding a program that helps seniors and disabled people. That’s because the state is poised to end a five-year agreement that helped pay for In-Home Supportive Services.

Now counties say they’re facing more than $500 million in new costs. 


Longtime listeners of Jefferson Public Radio will remember the name of Diana Coogle.

She provided commentary for years on an afternoon news magazine program JPR once ran. 

Her capacity for observing and remarking on the world around her remains undiminished.  In fact, she recently finished a new work, a book called Wisdom of the Heart, combining her prose with the painting of fellow Applegate resident Barbara Kostal. 

Earlier this winter, Kaiser Permanente and several other local health care providers got together to build 380 new housing units in the Portland area.

The trouble is, many homeless people suffer from severe mental illnesses or have addiction issues and are reluctant to move in. They don’t trust the system.

Kaiser announced Monday that it will give approximately $2.27 million in funding to seven organizations in Oregon and Washington to create 15 new community health worker positions.


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