Brexit Gets Real: Prime Minister May Has Triggered U.K.'s Exit From EU

"The Article 50 process is now underway, and in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union," British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday, informing the House of Commons that she has begun the formal process of unraveling the U.K.'s membership in the European bloc. May spoke after signing a letter to the EU that affirms the Brexit that voters embraced last June. She said that letter has now been delivered to the president of the...

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As Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules, Putting Your Options In Perspective

President Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers. Passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October, the rules never went into effect. If they had, it would have given consumers more control over how ISPs use the data they collect. Most notably, the rules would have required explicit consent from consumers if sensitive data — like financial or health information, or browsing history — were to be shared or...

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How Oregon PERS Got Into Such A Deep Hole

One of the major issues with balancing the state budget in Oregon is the amount of money needed to make sure retired public workers get the pensions they were promised. PERS, the Public Employee Retiree System, needs more money to match what retirees expect with what has been saved for them. Tim Nesbitt knows PERS from both labor and management sides. He worked for a couple of Oregon governors and once led the AFL-CIO in the state.

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HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

You'd think that a vaccine that protects people against more than a half dozen types of cancer would have patients lining up to get it. But the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent roughly 90 percent of all cervical cancers as well as other cancers and sexually transmitted infections caused by the virus, has faced an uphill climb since its introduction more than a decade ago. Now, with a dosing schedule that requires fewer shots of a more effective vaccine, a leading oncology...

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First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

Quick quiz: What do Judy Garland's rendition of "Over the Rainbow," N.W.A's seminal Straight Outta Compton and the inaugural episode of NPR's All Things Considered have in common? That little riddle just got a little easier to answer on Wednesday: The Library of Congress announced that all three "aural treasures" — along with roughly two dozen other recordings — have been inducted into its National Recording Registry. "These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation's cultural...

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On March 16th, the Trump administration released its FY2018 budget outline which includes a provision to eliminate annual grants to public radio and television stations through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).  Ultimately, Congress will make final decisions on continuing the annual federal investment that supports JPR and other public radio and television stations around the country. This support totals $1.35 per citizen per year for both public radio and television, and just 30 cents per citizen annually for radio alone. This is a serious moment for public broadcasting.

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The 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in southwestern Oregon may be staying in public hands after all.

Treasurer Tobias Read — who cast a crucial vote last month to proceed with the sale — announced Tuesday that he sees a "path forward" for keeping the forest in public hands.

Read said in an interview that it is too early to proclaim certainty that the forest would remain public, but he added, "I would not be making this statement if I did not think that I had a reasonable degree of confidence that this is achievable."

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Are we nostalgic for the Civil War?  People in several states have talked about secession in recent years, from Texans frustrated with Barack Obama to Californians frustrated with Donald Trump. 

Actually, some of the agitation for an independent California pre-dates the Trump administration. 

Yes California is the organization most vocal about splitting the state from the union. 

Marcus Ruiz-Evans is a co-founder, Clare Hedin is the Bay Area representative. 

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Even people who can afford homes are aware of how tight the rental market is. 

From Eugene to Redding, vacancy rates hover around one or two percent.  Which makes rental housing hard to find AND expensive.  The situation contributes to homelessness as well. 

In the city of Redding, the Community Revitalization and Development Corporation works to bring up the numbers of affordable housing units. 

Officials in New York, California and elsewhere say they'll fight Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to cut off billions in federal grant money to cities that don't share the Trump administration's strict approach to enforcing immigration laws.

"The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Monday night. "If they want a fight, we'll see them in court."

Spanish version (versión en español): ACLU Oregon: Joven DACA Es Detenido Por Agentes De ICE En El Sureste De Portland

The ACLU of Oregon says Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained a man at his Southeast Portland home Sunday morning.

Francisco Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, has been part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program – or DACA – since 2013.

Former Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins is taking over the chairmanship of the state's Democratic Party.

Atkins was chosen by the party's state central committee Sunday in an election held in Salem. She replaces retired Portland lawyer Frank Dixon, who did not seek re-election.

On a vote of 84-67, Atkins defeated longtime party official Larry Taylor of Astoria. He backed Bernie Sanders' presidential candidacy last year and had strong support from many other Sanders followers critical of the party establishment.

A bill restricting the use of a certain class of insecticide will have a formal hearing Monday afternoon in the Oregon legislature.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

The chief of Eugene’s police department is retiring.  After more than three decades of service, Pete Kerns says he’ll officially step down in the next month or two.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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