In A Historic First, Trump Visits Old City Of Jerusalem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXsLtpk_G_w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytZXKSa82ic Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET In a visit fraught with symbolism, President Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in the Old City of Jerusalem. The president and first lady Melania Trump visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection, and the Western Wall, part of the Jewish temple complex destroyed by Rome in 70 C.E. The...

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JPR Live Session: Shelby Earl

Shelby Earl ’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats , NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “ new favorite songwriter ,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music sites in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen.

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SOU Heads Explain Big Tuition Hike

Southern Oregon University is not a very big campus, but its price tag figures to get bigger in the next academic year. A budget shortfall for Oregon state government will likely impact the seven state universities, which largely have to fund themselves through tuition. So SOU President Linda Schott proposed, and the board of trustees approved, a tuition hike of 12%. The state's revenue picture got clearer with the release of new income figures this week; there is more money, but taxpayers are likely to get "kicker" refunds.

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Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

When planning a summer trip abroad, it's easy to think, "Oh, I'll just hop over to a travel clinic, and they'll tell me everything I need to know — and do — to keep from getting sick." But that's not always the case. A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicin e found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers. For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn't offer the vaccine, even though measles is a...

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Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

It took an explosion and 13 pounds of iron to usher in the modern era of neuroscience. In 1848, a 25-year-old railroad worker named Phineas Gage was blowing up rocks to clear the way for a new rail line in Cavendish, Vt. He would drill a hole, place an explosive charge, then pack in sand using a 13-pound metal bar known as a tamping iron. But in this instance, the metal bar created a spark that touched off the charge. That, in turn, "drove this tamping iron up and out of the hole, through his...

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Coast Guard Will Stop Injuring Animals For Medical Training

May 19, 2017

Oregon's Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has written to the US Coast Guard applauding its decision to temporarily suspend live-tissue training on animals.

To prepare staff for injuries they might encounter during a search and rescue, Coast Guard trainers shoot or cut sedated pigs or goats.

After receiving treatment, the animals are euthanized.

Animal rights groups have long fought the practice.

Eric Teel

Shelby Earl’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats, NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “new favorite songwriter,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music sites in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen.

Ji-Elle, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2101536

It's well established that urban areas have an effect on even remote environments. 

For example, it's hard to find places to see the stars in the night sky when there's a city nearby. 

And it's not just visuals, it's sounds, too... Recent research shows that the sounds of human society intrude well into rural areas, with an effect on sensitive animal species and habitats in which they should be generally free of humans. 

Oregon Governor Signs Laws To Expand Rights For Foster Kids

May 18, 2017

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed two bills into law Wednesday securing new rights for foster kids.

One bill gives foster kids with siblings the right to be placed together whenever possible and the right to communicate with a sibling when not placed together.

The second bill makes it easier for foster youth between 16 and 20 to live independently.

Authorities think this summer is going to be average for wildfire activity.

Despite a cool, wet winter, that still means about 4,000 small and large fires. And while oncoming El Niño ocean conditions may mean a warmer than usual summer, there’s no indication of drought.

But John Saltenberger with the US Fish and Wildlife Service says there is one wild card. The hundreds of thousands of people who’ll be in the Oregon wilderness to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

The Oregon Health Authority is fighting assertions from the Secretary of State that it’s spending millions on health benefits for ineligible people.

The problem stems from the collapse of the state's health exchange, Cover Oregon, in 2014.

Health authority spokesman Robb Cowie said the agency knew it didn’t have fully accurate data, so it got permission from the federal government to pause enrollment.

Cowie said OHA started making sure everyone on Medicaid was eligible last year, and it’s completed about 740,000 cases so far.

It could turn into the biggest rummage sale in Oregon history.

Gov. Kate Brown has an ambitious plan to raise $5 billion by selling off a wide range of public assets, from surplus property to possibly even some state agencies.

Brown’s plan, which is supposed to be fleshed out by a still-to-be-formed task force, could play an important role in helping pay down the massive $22 billion unfunded liability in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is not a very big campus, but its price tag figures to get bigger in the next academic year. 

A budget shortfall for Oregon state government will likely impact the seven state universities, which largely have to fund themselves through tuition. 

So SOU President Linda Schott proposed, and the board of trustees approved, a tuition hike of 12%. 

The state's revenue picture got clearer with the release of new income figures this week; there is more money, but taxpayers are likely to get "kicker" refunds. 

ODOT

It's pretty typical to complain about potholes, but even the people who fix Oregon's roads will tell you repairs are needed.

And the state legislature recognizes this; that's why it's been talking for a couple of years about a major transportation bill. 

Now one is on the table, with a mix of tax and fee ideas and plans for shoring up the ways of getting around Oregon. 

UC Regents To Grill UC President, State Auditor Thursday Over Controversial Audit

May 18, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

University of California regents will publicly discuss a blistering state audit of UC President Janet Napolitano’s office for the first time Thursday when they meet in San Francisco.

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