Senate GOP Leaders Push Off Health Care Vote Until After July 4th

Updated 3:30 p.m. ET With their health care bill facing a perilous path, Senate Republican leaders have decided to push off a vote until after Congress returns from next week's July Fourth recess, GOP aides confirm to NPR's Susan Davis. "We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Despite the delay, McConnell confirmed that Republican senators were heading to the White...

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JPR Live Session: Lesley Kernochan

Lesley Kernochan is one you can’t predict. One minute she’s howling a country tune with the midnight coyotes, and the next minute she’s delivering a full plate of swingin’ sass. Lesley has an eclectic background as a saxophonist, contemporary composer, operatically trained coloratura, vagabond cabarista, musical saw player, and now singer/songwriter. In each uniquely crafted song Lesley offers her intimate vocal prowess and earnest, playful spirit.

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Busting "The Millennial Myth" About Work Habits

To hear some employers tell it, there's a lot of eye-rolling in the workplace these days: eye-rolling from the young employees given tasks, eye-rolling from the managers assigning tasks. Millennials do get a bad rap at work, and Crystal Kadakia explains why and how in her book The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs . Are millennials lazy, entitled, disrespectful, and disloyal? Kadakia says no, these are all myths. She addresses those and moves on to approaches to getting work done and keeping both worker and boss satisfied.

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Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

Seventy-one million. That's the number of bees Max Nikolaychuk tends in the rolling hills east of Fresno, Calif. Each is worth a fraction of a cent, but together, they make up a large part of his livelihood. Nikolaychuk makes most of his money during almond pollination season, renting out the bees to California's almond orchards. This year, a thief stole four stacks of his hives. "He knew about the bees, because he went through every bee colony I had and only took the good ones," he says. ...

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Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine; Experts Say It's Spreading Globally

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET Ransomware hit at least six countries Tuesday, including Ukraine, where it was blamed for a large and coordinated attack on key parts of the nation's infrastructure, from government agencies and electric grids to stores and banks. The malware has been called "Petya" — but there is debate in the security community over whether the ransomware is new or a variant that has been enhanced to make it harder to stop. In either case, it appears to be spreading globally, raising...

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The Oregon House approved a funding plan Monday for the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.

It came over the objections of some Republicans, who said the proposal undercuts the will of voters.

Oregon Moves A Step Closer To Real ID Compliance

Jun 26, 2017

Oregon is one step closer to complying with a 12-year-old federal law that governs the security of drivers' licenses and other state identification cards.

The Oregon Senate approved a bill Monday that would allow the Oregon DMV to issue licenses that meet federal approval.

Republican Bill Hansell of Athena said the state would offer two kinds of IDs.

Cascadia Wildlands

Suction dredging is gone from many streams in Oregon, never to return. 

The legislature recently passed, and the governor signed, a bill making a "temporary" moratorium on the gold mining process permanent. 

Environmental groups who want to see more fish in the streams are thrilled.  You can guess how miners feel about it. 

But you don't have to: Tom Kitchar of the Waldo Mining District talks to us about suction dredging. 

Michael Beug

If you are at all into eating mushrooms, can you tell the yummy from the deadly?

Identifying mushrooms can be a very tricky process, with very high stakes in making a mistake. 

More than a dozen people have been sickened in Northern California over the last year from eating toxic mushrooms like Amanita phalloides. 

Debbie Viess from the Bay Area Mycological Society is an expert on Amanitas.  Michael Beug, professor emeritus at  The Evergreen State College, also shares some 'shroom thoughts.

TKO: Racial Tension Spurs Ashland School Board Candidate

Jun 26, 2017
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Ashland takes pride in thinking of itself as an open, caring, multicultural community. 

But comments and threats to people of color roiled the city in recent years, and it has produced some community-wide soul-searching.  And a candidate for a vacant seat on the Ashland School Board. 

Kamilah Long works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and wants the spot, saying she could be an effective voice for students of color.  Long reports an increase in hate speech in the schools as well as on the streets. 

Her candidacy and the factors that led to it are this month's topic on The Keenest Observers, hosted by Robert Goodwin. 

Outage Accross the Listening Area

Jun 26, 2017

Updated 6/26/2017 | 2:30 AM -- Service to AM 930 has been restored. The transmitter was destroyed by a lightning strike and is operating from back up equipment until the new transmitter is purchased and installed.

Updated 6/26/2017 | 9:30 AM -- Service has been restored to most of the affected regions. Grants Pass News & Information on AM 930 remains off the air, possibly caused by a lightning strike. Our engineer will travel to the tower site today to diagnose and work on repairs.

Oregon Legislature Enters Final Two-Week Stretch

Jun 26, 2017

Oregon lawmakers have two weeks left to finish work in this year's legislative session. Major issues still remain on their agenda.

The Oregon House has narrowly passed a measure meant to scale back a tax break intended for small businesses. The measure cleared the chamber Friday over the strong objections of Republicans.

Molly Solomon / OPB

Muslim men and women gathered in the prayer room at Beaverton’s Islamic Center of Portland, or Imam Mahdi Center, before prayers to welcome Friday evening’s special guests: the Ashland family of one of the victims from last month’s deadly MAX train stabbings.

Portland Lets Loose At 2017 World Naked Bike Ride

Jun 26, 2017

The World Naked Bike Ride in Portland is one of the largest editions of the international event, partly because it meets the city's quirk factor.

The ride came at the height of a short heat wave in the Willamette Valley. An, ahem, breezy ride was quite welcome as temperatures climbed into the upper 90s.

Thousands swarmed Fernhill Park in Northeast Portland to revel in their nakedness before the ride.

They then cascaded through the northeast quadrant to a picturesque Burnside Bridge, the westbound lanes of which became the site of shared euphoria.


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