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Undocumented UC Students May Find Paths to Citizenship With New Legal Aid

The University of California is the first public university in the United States to hire full-time attorneys to provide legal aid to its undocumented students and their families. Though the new legal center is based at the UC Davis Law School, the attorneys see students at campuses across California.
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JPR Live Session: Mandolin Orange

The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of 'This Side of Jordan.' NPR called the album "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings."
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Cascadia Quake Concerns Turn Up A Notch

People on the West Coast have been talking for years about the pending earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It took ONE article in the New Yorker to sweep through social media and rekindle the quake concerns. And they are well-placed... damage from a Cascadia quake would rattle the ground and everything on it, likely from California to British Columbia. Geologists say one could happen at any time.
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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily himself, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves and how those perceptions can be distorted by brain conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, Cotard's syndrome and body integrity identity disorder, or BIID, a psychological condition in which a patient perceives that a body part is not his...
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Oregon Panel Adopts Sage Grouse Rules

New rules adopted Monday by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission move the state a step closer to putting together a plan to protect greater sage grouse.Historically, sage grouse spanned 11 western states. Good habitat throughout those states has become greatly fragmented by things like invasive weeds, wildfire, encroaching juniper trees and development.The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's new rules like those adopted last week by the state's Land Conservation and Development...
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The University of California is the first public university in the United States to hire full-time attorneys to provide legal aid to its undocumented students and their families. Though the new legal center is based at the UC Davis Law School, the attorneys see students at campuses across California.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Forests have a way of regenerating after devastating fires.

Human-built amenities in or near the forests take a bit of time and attention.

The Biscuit Fire burned through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 13 years ago.

And it was just recently that members of the Siskiyou Mountain Club completed the rebuilding of a trail through the burn area.


Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has a rare issue facing it: it has a right to more water than it can currently use.

But it's a use-it-or-lose-it proposition for the district.

It either needs to find more users, or risk losing a portion of its water right.  

A change would have a significant on the Mad River, the water source... a lower water right would drop the flow in the river markedly.

Portland's Swan Island basin was still and remarkably quiet Saturday as a flotilla of kayakers dipped their paddles in and out of the water, pulling themselves north toward the Vigorous, the largest dry dock in America.

Then, with a cry, a drumbeat began. One hundred paddles smacked the water, and people yelled, "Shell no!"

Pacific Northwest businesses have noticed an uptick in earthquake preparation sales and inquiries since the New Yorker wrote about an expected 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

Oregon Department Of Human Services Director Resigns

Jul 24, 2015

For the third time since former governor John Kitzhaber resigned, an Oregon state agency will change directors. This time, it’s the Department of Human Services.


  When you stop to think about it, we know less about the oceans of Earth than the space immediately surrounding the planet.

Because unlike space, we can't see through the ocean or use satellites to explore it. 

That's why the Ocean Observatories Initiative started up... to place sensors off both coasts of the United States, to track a broad array of information. 

A crew from Oregon State University recently placed the final sensor in the Pacific. 

Oregon Unemployment Rate Slightly Up In June

Jul 23, 2015

Oregon’s unemployment rate of 5.5 for June is slightly higher than the national average. That’s according to numbers released by the state’s employment department. The jobless rate increased in Lane and Douglas counties as well.

The increase in unemployment in both counties is due to growth in the labor force. Regional economist Brian Rooney says when college students graduate in June, they’re added to the labor force. They’re also added to the unemployment rate.

The Oregon Forestry Board delayed a decision Thursday on logging restrictions to keep water cool for endangered salmon.

At issue is how many trees should be left standing to provide shade along fish-bearing streams. Cold water is essential for many Northwest fish. When too many trees are cut, direct sun causes water temperatures to rise.

Oregon Aims To Cut Opioid Use Among Pain Sufferers

Jul 23, 2015
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At any given time, about ten percent of Oregonians suffer from back pain. Many end up being prescribed opioid painkillers such as Vicodin. And as JPR reported in our series on opioid addiction earlier this month, some become addicted. The state has taken notice. Starting in January, the Oregon Health Plan is changing the way it deals with back pain. And sufferers are likely to get fewer pain pills.


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