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Guatemalan Refugees Come To Oregon

In recent months, unaccompanied minors and women with children from Central America have been crossing the border at a rate of 180,000 per year. That's more than the surge of two years ago and the Obama administration is preparing for a further increase this summer. Some will likely go to Lane County to join refugees already here.
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Soleil Rowan

JPR Live Session: Anna Tivel/Jeffrey Martin

Entranced by the sound of her grandfather’s violin, Anna Tivel started learning in the first grade and never put it down. In 2006, she moved to Portland, muddled through college, and started waiting tables and playing some fiddle on the side. Jeffrey Martin was born in San Antonio, Texas. While he’s been writing songs since he was in high school, he didn’t begin touring until 2010 when a few chance opening gigs fell his way. Before he ever slept out of his car for music, he enjoyed sleeping out of his car all over the country just for the sake of traveling— so the anti-glamourous lifestyle of a touring singer-songwriter suited him well.
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Randy Johnson for City of Rogue River

Rogue River Offers Summer School On Climate Change

School is out for the summer, but students are still learning things. High school students in the city of Rogue River will spend part of their vacation keeping up with the skills they gained in the "Learning to Protect Our Environment" program. During the school year, the program pairs the high school students with elementary school kids to teach environmental stewardship skills. A similar program is offered in the summer, with an emphasis on the effects of climate change on the environment.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

One of the country's leading poultry companies, Perdue Farms, announced plans Monday to make both life and death a little easier for its chickens.The changes are a break with current standard practices in the industry, and animal welfare groups are cheering.Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, says there's a simple motivation behind the new initiative. Consumers, especially millennials, "want to make sure that animals are raised in as caring a way as possible. With the least stress, the...
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Nothing Says 'Hip' Like Ancient Wheat

Forget bold stripes and mule flats — could the next big fad be super-old wheat?Consumer interest in healthy grains could sow the seeds for some long-forgotten bread wheats to make a comeback, according to an opinion article released Monday in Trends in Plant Science — presumably the Vogue of botany."People are interested in healthy things that are not modified, that are non-GMO," says Friedrich Longin, a plant breeder at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, who wrote the opinion article with...
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Washington state begins its public review Monday of what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country, slated to be built at the Port of Vancouver.

The hearings are one of the final steps in determining whether the project gets built.

The state will use five weeks of hearings to determine how to move forward with the Vancouver Energy Project, a joint venture backed by companies Tesoro and Savage.

Gov. Jay Inslee asked the Union Pacific Railroad on Friday to halt oil train shipments through Washington until the company does more walking inspections of its railroad track.

Inslee joins Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who has repeatedly called for a moratorium on oil train traffic after a fiery oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, on June 3.

Union Pacific said it will continue operations.

Wyden Discusses Brexit, Gun Control And Oil Trains

Jun 26, 2016

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, has been vocal about the recent failures of gun control measures in the U.S. Senate.

Wyden also discussed this month’s oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, and British voters’ decision to leave the European Union.

Wyden spoke with OPB All Things Considered host Kate Davidson on Friday. Here are four key takeaways from their conversation:

Oregon Zika Researchers Tell Senators They Need More Money

Jun 26, 2016

Oregon’s senators learned Friday how important Zika virus research is being conducted locally and that more funding is needed.

So far there have been eight Zika cases in Oregon. All somehow related to travel overseas, because the mosquitoes that carries the virus don’t live here.

But scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center say they’ve done a lot of work on the virus that causes Dengue Fever and it’s similar to the Zika virus.

Dr. Jay Nelson told the senators they’re bootstrapping Dengue and Zika work together along with 10 other universities.

Finicum Knew Man Accused In Failed Arizona Bombing

Jun 26, 2016

A Utah man was charged this week for plotting to bomb a Bureau of Land Management building in Arizona. The failed attack was orchestrated by William Keebler, who knew LaVoy Finicum, spokesman for the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Keebler heads up a militia group called the Patriot Defense Force. The FBI infiltrated that group, and learned of Keebler’s bomb plans when he asked an FBI agent to build the bomb.

In a surprise move, sportswear giant Nike has withdrawn a contract enforcement lawsuit against U.S. track and field star Boris Berian.

Oregon.gov

Talk about your high-pressure jobs: 911 dispatchers have to stay calm while people are often coming unglued on the phone with them.

It might not be the easiest job in the world to fill. 

In fact, Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which trains emergency dispatchers, reports a shortage of them in rural areas. 

Randy Johnson for City of Rogue River

School is out for the summer, but students are still learning things. 

High school students in the city of Rogue River will spend part of their vacation keeping up with the skills they gained in the "Learning to Protect Our Environment" program. 

During the school year, the program pairs the high school students with elementary school kids to teach environmental stewardship skills.  A similar program is offered in the summer, with an emphasis on the effects of climate change on the environment. 

Midgeraymond.com

Love and icebergs.  Those are among the elements in Midge Raymond's debut novel My Last Continent

We could not resist a chance to talk writing craft with an author based in Ashland, especially when her book takes us to Antarctica and the effects of climate change upon that frosty land. 

We promise not to blow the ending on the love story, but we definitely need to hear more about the icebergs. 

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Sales Continue To Exceed Expectations

Jun 24, 2016
Ryan Kang/AP

Nearly $60 million worth of recreational marijuana was sold in Oregon during the first five months of taxed sales, according to estimated figures released Wednesday by the state.

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