Final Presidential Debate: Fact-Checked

During the final presidential debate Wednesday night, NPR's team of journalists provided live fact-checking of the statements from both candidates. Below is a transcript, as well as NPR's comments.
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Eric Teel

JPR Live Session: Dawn and Hawkes

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met in 2010 when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. A modest beginning became an undeniable attraction the first time they sang together.
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Oregon Author Pens Paul Simon Bio

Maybe you never heard of the 1950s musical duo Tom and Jerry (you mean, like the cat and mouse?). They gained much more fame using their own names: Simon and Garfunkel. Paul Simon's presence in, and influence on, the music scene is explored in Peter Ames Carlin's new book Homeward Bound. The examination goes beyond music, to the use of Simon's music as a soundtrack for generations of Americans.
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Is Wonder Woman Suited To Be A U.N. Ambassador?

On Friday the United Nations is set to appoint Wonder Woman its honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. The cartoon character, turning 75 this year, will be the face of a social media campaign that the U.N., will launch at a star-studded ceremony in New York. The actress Gal Gadot — who plays Wonder Woman in the movies these days — is scheduled to be there. So is Lynda Carter, who portrayed the superhero in the 1970s television show.But the decision has outraged many women...
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No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Whether your kid is 3 and obsessed with Daniel Tiger videos or 15 and spending half her conscious hours on Snapchat, you are probably somewhat conflicted about how to think about their media habits.How much time? What kind of media? What should our family's rules be?When the American Academy of Pediatrics released its latest recommendations on these burning questions Friday, it also did something pretty cool: it launched an online tool that parents can use to create their own family media...
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Eric Teel

Danish String Quartet Live In-Studio

The Danish String Quartet is at the core of the classical music world. On a daily basis they delve deeply into works by great masters such as Beethoven and Mozart, but also the occasional folk gig. Over the years they've been fortunate to study in many different places in master classes with renowned teachers and have had opportunities to perform in major concert halls across the world.
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You can complain about the weather, but you can't do anything about it. 

But in the minds of some people, the weather is changed by planes flying across the sky, spewing chemicals in "chemtrails."  To most of the population, they're just contrails. 

That's the way Paul Ruscher sees them; he's the Dean of Science at Lane Community College.  And he'll be debunking "chemtrails" in a talk at LCC on Wednesday (October 26). 

Shasta Community Access Channel

"The winners write the history books," goes the old saying. 

And it's a saying that has particularly grim implications right here in our country.  Because white settlers ultimately won the war with Native Americans. 

The situation is explored in a play called "Undamming History," to be presented at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.  It's a collaboration between the Shasta Historical Society and four tribes in the area, presented as part of Indigenous Peoples' History Day. 

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Two things any business getting started needs: money and expertise. 

So it helps when the expertise can be obtained for little money.  Or none, as happens at the weekend (October 22nd) Business Resource Forum scheduled for Medford. 

The Small Business Development Center at Southern Oregon University is among the entities putting the forum together. 

Malheur Occupation Trial Goes To Jury

Oct 19, 2016

Closing arguments are finished in the trial of seven people charged in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. The case now heads to the 12-person jury for deliberation.

Attorney Matt Schindler, hybrid counsel for defendant Ken Medenbach, delivered a thunderous argument to the jury in defense not just of his client, but of the occupation as a whole.

“How did any of these people benefit from protesting the death of rural America?” Schindler said.

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday endorsed the Measure 97 corporate tax increase on the Oregon ballot.

The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement that large corporations should “start paying their fair share of taxes” to help schools and other services.

Measure 97 would impose a 2.5 percent tax on sales by corporations with Oregon revenue of more than $25 million a year.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has launched an investigation into allegations that Wells Fargo & Co. engaged in criminal identity theft when the bank created millions of accounts without customer consent, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Emergency Room Use Stays High In Oregon Medicaid Study

Oct 19, 2016

Will Medicaid expansion save the country money as people stop using expensive emergency rooms for primary care?

Not yet, suggest the latest findings from a landmark study published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study of Medicaid patients in Oregon who got Medicaid in 2008 found their ER use stayed high two years after they gained the health insurance coverage — even as they also increased their visits to doctors' offices.

Public Domain

Gray wolves can't seem to stay out of the news in Oregon, and with good reason: they are growing in number. 

The effects are not always welcome: the Rogue Pack, OR-7's pack, gets the blame for recent livestock attacks in the region. 

Wolf biologist Richard Thiel has studied wolf recovery in other parts of the country; Beckie Elgin advocates for wolf recovery closer to home. 

Three of Oregon's top elected officials — sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici — visited Portland State University on Tuesday to discuss how to reduce sexual violence on college campuses.

But no discussion of sexual assault in the current election cycle could last long without a ringing condemnation of the recently publicized comments from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Wyden confronted Trump's comments — without naming the GOP hopeful — as an unwelcome normalization of violent sexual behavior by privileged individuals.

Closing arguments continue Wednesday for seven defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge this year. The case is coming to an end after nearly six weeks of testimony.

Closing arguments began Tuesday, starting with the government. Then came Ammon Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, whose final arguments before the jury lasted about four hours.


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