Northwest Democrats Blast Senate GOP's 'Meaner' Health Care Bill

Hours after Republican leaders released the 140-page draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, senior senators from Oregon and Washington were taking questions alongside the top Democrat in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Schumer spoke first, calling the bill a "wolf in sheep's clothing," but with "sharper teeth" than the legislation the House of Representatives narrowly passed in May. Several Democrats said if the House version was "mean" as President Donald Trump...

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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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The Fight Over Tolls In Oregon's Transportation Bill

From light rail to commuting by bike, the Portland area has a long history of transportation experimentation. Now, the big transportation bill in the Oregon Legislature calls for another innovation beloved by traffic reformers: congestion pricing. The measure orders the Oregon Transportation Commission to move forward with implementing variable tolling in conjunction with major freeway projects on Interstates 5 and 205. The idea is that higher prices to use roads can manage congestion. Thats...

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Massive Bloom Of Pickle-Shaped Sea Creatures Fills The Pacific

Millions of tubular sea creatures called pyrosomes have taken over the Pacific Ocean in an unprecedented bloom that has scientists baffled. These bumpy, translucent organisms look like sea cucumbers that range in size from six inches to more than two feet long. But theyre actually made up of hundreds of tiny animals knit together with tissue into a filter-feeding cylinder. And theyre everywhere , filling the waters off the West Coast all the way up to Alaska, and washing up on beaches. One...

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A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

A study published Thursday shows how a bird flu virus that's sickening and killing people in China could mutate to potentially become more contagious. Just three changes could be enough to do the trick, scientists report in the journal PLOS Pathogens . And the news comes just as federal officials are getting ready to lift a moratorium on controversial lab experiments that would deliberately create flu viruses with mutations like these. Public health officials have been worried about this bird...

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From light rail to commuting by bike, the Portland area has a long history of transportation experimentation.

Now, the big transportation bill in the Oregon Legislature calls for another innovation beloved by traffic reformers: congestion pricing.

The measure orders the Oregon Transportation Commission to move forward with implementing variable tolling in conjunction with major freeway projects on Interstates 5 and 205.

The idea is that higher prices to use roads can manage congestion.

Thousands of Oregonians could lose Medicaid coverage under the Senate Republican’s health care proposal. Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he is prepared to fight the latest version of Trump-Care in what he calls a “battle for the ages”.

More than 1,500 dairy cows embarked on a long voyage Friday from the Pacific Northwest to Vietnam. 

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Before announcing his bid for California governor in November 2016, Antonio Villaraigosa said he went "up and down this state" on a listening tour.

Oregon 6-Year-Old Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Hand

Jun 22, 2017

Jude Rochon, 6, is at Oregon Health & Science University Thursday to be fitted with a prosthetic hand. But rather than spending $50,000 for it, the hand was made with a 3-D printer and cost about $50.

The trouble with spending a lot of money on a prosthetic hand for a child is that they will outgrow it.

Lane County has the unhappy distinction of having the highest rate of traffic fatalities of any Oregon county. Leaders hope to increase road safety and heighten awareness of the problem.

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown say they are giving up trying to increase taxes on corporations during this year's legislative session.

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Oregon was a pioneer in voting to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

The medical pot law turns 20 next year, and its future grows a bit fuzzier now that marijuana is also legal for recreational use. 

Why get a prescription for a drug you can buy over-the-counter?  That's just one of several questions raised in a series of stories from our partners at Oregon Public Broadcasting. 

Public schools in Oregon will have to wait longer to find out how much state funding they can expect over the next two years.

The Oregon House postponed a key vote Tuesday on the K-12 budget.

Majority Democrats said delaying the vote for a week would allow more time for lawmakers to negotiate a possible corporate tax hike.

Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, said the wait could yield dividends for Oregon schools.

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