After Trump Slams Sessions, Attorney General Says He Will Stay On The Job

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will stay at his post for "as long as that is appropriate." That follows comments by President Trump, who said he wouldn't have appointed Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. At a news conference on an unrelated law enforcement action this morning, Sessions was asked about President Trump's comments to The New York Times suggesting...

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JPR Live Session: Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne famously got her start performing her own songs in New York City’s downtown rock clubs, around the time that she began to rediscover Bob Dylan’s work with Oh Mercy . “ When you’re playing in the nightclub scene in Greenwich Village, his trail is everywhere, and not just because he played in the same places, but because people still perform his music every night. He's part of the American musical education you get, whether you’re learning about him in some music conservatory or by playing in bars five nights a week."

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Why Oregon Police Favor "De-Felonizing" Some Drugs

Headlines in other parts of the country keep saying Oregon has "decriminalized" some drug offenses. That is not quite the case, but it is true that the legislature recently voted to turn some drug possession felonies into misdemeanors. Two reasons: 1) reduce pressure on prisons; 2) offer drug treatment instead of time behind bars. The Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police supports the change (up to a point), along with other law enforcement groups. Kris Allison is chief of police in Central Point and vice president of the chiefs association. Phil Bettin is the programs officer at the Addictions Recovery Center in Medford.

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GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

Groups that represent industries from farming to fracking are supporting a legislative push to rewrite how government handles science when drawing up regulations. And the whole effort has scientists worried. Consider, for example, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, which passed the House in the spring and now is with the Senate. Just how "honest" it is depends on whom you ask. The HONEST Act says the EPA can't take a particular action based on scientific...

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FACT CHECK: Trump's Confusing Remarks To Senate Republicans On Health Care

President Trump did not do much to sell the Senate health care bill before its failure. But he gave the sale a shot Wednesday in the White House before cameras and a captive audience of nearly all the Republican senators. His comments were at times confusing, and in some cases, outright incorrect. It shows the challenge for a president who doesn't dive deeply into policy to sell his agenda. Here's a look at everything Trump said, with some fact checks and context: Trump: We're in this room...

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Opponents of expanding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon say the move was rushed through with little public notice. Supporters point to a series of well-attended public meetings and a comment period in which over 5,000 written comments were received.

But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to the monument last weekend showed that the community divide over the monument is far from resolved.

How Doctors Find Value In Knowing Your Socioeconomic Data

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It used to be that when a receptionist gave you a form to fill-out at a doctor’s office, the questions were about medical issues, such as whether you're allergic to anything or are up to date on your vaccines.

But some health organizations are now asking much more general questions: Do you have trouble paying your bills? Do you feel safe at home? Do you have enough to eat?

At first glance, such issues may seem to have little to do with health. But experts now think they can be as important to your health as your exercise habits or whether you get enough sleep.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

One of the biggest backers for building new dams and reservoirs in California is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield.

The statewide unemployment rate for Washington is holding at its record low in the latest jobs report out Wednesday. The state's Employment Security Department pegged the jobless rate in June at 4.5 percent, the same as in May.


Sharks Sighted On Oregon Coast (Calm Down, It’s Normal)

Jul 19, 2017

Cannon Beach Police advised beachgoers this week of shark dorsal fin sightings in the Cannon Beach area.

They also announced state parks would be posting warning signs on local beaches.

Shark sightings off the Oregon coast are not uncommon this time of year. As salmon swim back to the shore in the summer, so do their predators.

The grocery industry on Tuesday filed a ballot measure with the Oregon Secretary of State that would constitutionally prohibit taxes on the sale of groceries.

The proposed initiative comes as the state's major political powers — the labor and business communities — continue to be at odds over how the state raises and spends money for education and other public services.

Federal and state agencies are investigating a string of wildfires in southeastern Oregon with a potential link to military training exercises.

Seven small fires ignited across state and federal lands on July 11, all attributed to human activity — a suspicious pattern that indicates they could be connected, according to federal officials.

California Arts Council

And the winners are... Eureka and Redding. 

Both cities made the list of 14 communities receiving designation of "cultural districts" from the California Arts Council. 

The districts contain high concentrations of cultural attractions and activities.  Cities from around California competed for the honor. 

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Lumps of beeswax were offered by Native Americans in trade with white explorers along the Oregon Coast centuries ago. 

The explorers wondered where the beeswax came from, and the answer appears to be from the wreck of a Spanish cargo ship in the Manila-Aculpulco trade.  Possibly before 1700! 

The wax still turns up from time to time, but the ship's remains have eluded discovery thus far. 

This month's installment of "Underground History" brings Southern Oregon University Laborary of Anthropology experts Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose back to the studio. 

A wildfire in the foothills near Yosemite National Park has consumed eight structures — and is threatening 1,500 more in tiny Mariposa, Calif.

The town's 2,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate because of the blaze known as the Detwiler Fire, and Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency for Mariposa County.

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