The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

For more than nine months, Twitter and Facebook have tried to dodge the intense public scrutiny involved with the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. Now they're in the spotlight. Congressional investigators are digging in on Russia's use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to try to influence the 2016 campaign. And after a series of escalating complaints by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook said Thursday it...

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JPR Live Session: Willie Watson (2017)

For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2 , he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

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See The Birds Off As They Fly South

If it seems like just a few more birds are flying around of late, your powers of observation are acute. Plenty of birds are on the move this time of year, heading south for winter breeding and feeding grounds before frost settles in here. Klamath Bird Observatory will honor the semi-annual migration with a set of events on Saturday, September 23rd. They include a visit from Noah Strycker, world-class birder and record holder. Noah, from Oregon, saw more than 6,000 bird species in a single year.

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In Devastated Dominica, 'Hams' Become Vital Communications Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxioWrrT9vk When Hurricane Maria smashed into the tiny island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean earlier this week, phone service went down, virtually cutting off the island. But within hours, amateur radio operators got on the air and have been providing a vital link to the outside world ever since. Speaking to ABS Television/Radio in his first interview since Maria made landfall, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, on a visit to Antigua, said at...

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Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare

Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say. A lifetime of late enrollment penalties typically await people who don't sign up for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits and other outpatient services, when they first become eligible at age 65. That includes people who mistakenly thought that because they had insurance through the ACA marketplaces,...

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Salem May Outlaw Sitting On Sidewalks In Homeless Crackdown

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Salem is poised to outlaw sitting and lying on city sidewalks from dawn to dusk.

But the city is taking its chances with such a proposal after a Multnomah County court ruled a similar Portland ordinance was unconstitutional several years ago.

No public hearing is scheduled on the plan, but city councilors could vote Monday to hold one.

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jack Landau will step down at the end of this year.

Landau announced his retirement in a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday.

“I have been honored to serve the people of this state and its justice system for 25 years as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals and as a member of the Supreme Court,” he wrote.

A bipartisan health care bill has been stymied. But the reasons why depend on who you ask.

The two lawmakers behind the effort were Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Washington’s own Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat.  

Both sit on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – Alexander is the committee chairman and Murray is the panel’s ranking member.

Eric Mindling, ericmindling.com

Eric Mindling is not a just-scratch-the-surface kind of guy.  When he takes photographs, they convey a deep sense of the people portrayed. 

And when he takes tour groups to Mexico, he skips the tourist spots in favor of an authentic flavor of Oaxaca. 

Mindling keeps an apartment in Ashland, but he's lived in Mexico since 1992, so he's quite knowledgeable about the culture, traditions, and challenges of life off the beaten path. 

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The biggest circus in the country may have shut down, but there's plenty of circus left to enjoy. 

In fact, the Rogue Valley is home to a circus academy, Le Cirque Center. 

The center and Ashland's Flying Actor Studio are putting on the first-ever Lunacy Festival, this weekend and next in Ashland.  Circus acts, physical comedy, and music are among the attractions. 

The Sisters Folk Festival is offering refunds to ticket holders. This year’s concerts were canceled amid heavy wildfire smoke.

The festival was scheduled the second week in September, with headliners like Justin Townes Earle, Robbie Fulks, and the Hot Club of Cowtown. But the Milli Fire and other blazes close to Sisters created unsafe air quality across the region. The festival canceled.

OSU Team Identifies Proteins That Could Lead To Gonorrhea Vaccine

Sep 20, 2017

Researchers at Oregon State University have identified a pair of proteins that might be used to create a vaccine for gonorrhea.

The research is important because Oregon and the nation are in the middle of a gonorrhea epidemic. The number of cases in Oregon tripled in four years.

There are several reasons for the increase, but the most troublesome is that gonorrhea bacteria is becoming increasingly immune to common antibiotics.

Six members of Oregon’s congressional delegation want assurances that federal immigration agents will not target DACA recipients for arrest and possible deportation.

Oregon's four Democratic representatives and two senators wrote a joint letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Wednesday.

Oregon Faces Steep Cuts Under New Republican Health Care Plan

Sep 20, 2017

Momentum in Congress is building again to take another shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act, but a new analysis shows Oregon could lose big if the latest plan gains approval.

The bill, known as the Cassidy-Graham bill — named after the sponsoring senators from Louisiana and South Carolina — would cut government health spending dramatically.

For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

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