Iraqi Troops Enter Kirkuk, Seeking To Take Oil-Rich Area Back From Kurds

Updated at 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday Iraqi forces took over key positions in the Kurdish city of Kirkuk and nearby oil-rich areas on Monday, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he ordered troops sent in because Iraq is in danger of "partition," citing the Kurdish independence movement. Abadi also ordered the Kurdish flag to be taken down and the Iraqi flag to be raised in disputed areas — and that's what happened at the governor's office and in other official buildings. Kurdish media outlets...

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JPR Live Session: Mipso (2017)

Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain , Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.

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How "Big Chicken" Changed How We Eat

Nobody likes to be called a big chicken, and there's a good chance the poultry industry won't appreciate the term, either. But journalist Maryn McKenna says the power and practices of the business lend themselves to the name. She uses it for the title of her book, too: Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats . Note the focus on antibiotics, still used in chickens at a time when doctors are warning against the casual use of the drugs.

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Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

Rob Vos has been tracking global hunger for years, and he says until recently the mood among his fellow hunger experts was almost giddy. Since 1990 the world had made so much progress curbing hunger that, in 2015, leaders met at the United Nations and vowed to eliminate hunger for good by 2030. "We actually were saying, well, there's still some hurdles, but we can do this. We can end hunger within our generation," says Vos, formerly a key official at the United Nations Food and Agricultural...

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If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

The Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you're healthy, doesn't a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions. IUDs are expensive....

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Maybe you never knew where the stuff from your recycled bin ended up... until the recent news from China. 

China has taken a lot of stuff off the hands of other countries, including nearly half the plastic waste created by the rest of the world. 

Now the Beijing government says too much of the waste was dirty and/or hazardous, and it is closing the scrap window for many items. 

That creates issues for recyclers, like Rogue Disposal & Recycling, and regulators, like the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Ashland Automotive

Even if you can change a tire or swap out a car battery, there's a good chance your knowledge of the other stuff inside your car is limited.  That's why we take our cars to somebody else for repair. 

But how do you know for sure that the repair you got was the repair you needed?  Stories abound of technicians doing unnecessary work on vehicles. 

Zach Edwards employs repair technicians at Ashland Automotive.  And in a special edition of The Squeaky Wheel, he shares tips on what to watch for when arranging for work to be done on your car or truck. 

Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion, Misconduct

Oct 16, 2017

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban after leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was freed in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.

Bergdahl, a native of Idaho, pleaded guilty before the military judge in the case, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, at a hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Firefighters Gain Ground On California Wildfires

Oct 16, 2017

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

Fire crews were starting to gain the upper hand on numerous blazes in Northern California that have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes, but officials warned that the deadliest wildfires in the state's history were far from extinguished.

The death toll rose Monday after "a private water tender driver assigned to the Nuns Fire tragically died in a vehicle rollover on Oakville Grande in Napa County," according to Cal Fire. The driver has not yet been publicly identified.

Oregon farmers planted the state’s first legal crops of industrial hemp a couple of years ago. Now the first Washington state farmer to plant the non-drug cousin of marijuana has harvested the crop. 

Hemp entrepreneur Cory Sharp is fairly happy with Washington’s first legal crop in almost 90 years. His farmer partners harvested 105 acres earlier this month from irrigated fields near Moses Lake. 

But the celebration is tempered because the crop is unsold.

Voters in one of Oregon’s largest counties will have the chance this November to dramatically reshape their county government. The question before Douglas County residents is whether or not to approve a home rule charter.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's task force on paying down the state's big public pension debt is looking at presenting the state's 900 governmental agencies with a deal.

If those agencies step up their payments on the $25 billion debt in the Public Employees Retirement System, the state would agree to pick up a share of those extra payments.

That's the big idea that emerged out of a Friday meeting of the task force charged by the governor with coming up with recommendations for how to pay down the PERS deficit by up to $5 billion.

Oregon Joins Other States In Trump Health Care Lawsuit

Oct 15, 2017

Oregon is joining California's lawsuit, along with more than a dozen other states, against President Donald Trump's halting of payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law, Oregon's attorney general said Friday.

Ellen Rosenblum said the White House "has made a rash, ill-conceived decision that will have a devastating impact on many vulnerable Oregonians."

"These ACA subsidies are a vital funding source that keep insurance premiums manageable," Rosenblum said, referring to the Affordable Care Act that Trump has tried repeatedly, and failed, to repeal.

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Off On Eight Women's Caucus Bills

Oct 13, 2017

The California Legislative Women's Caucus celebrated in Sacramento Thursday as Governor Jerry Brown signed eight bills authored by their members.

The caucus says this was the first-ever special signing ceremony specifically for women's bills.

At the Hanford Site, the job to seal in a tunnel full of radioactive waste is nearly half done according to the federal government. It became a high-priority project when the tunnel partially collapsed this past May, causing an emergency at Hanford.


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