Teens 'Lie In' At White House To Push For Stronger Gun Control

A group of teenagers who say they are desperate for some action on gun control staged a silent "lie-in" outside the White House Monday, in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting last week. The event was organized over Facebook by a group called Teens for Gun Reform , which listed their intentions in a post: "By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must...

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JPR Live Session: Tyson Motsenbocker

In North Central Washington State, Tyson Motsenbocker grew up in the apple orchards and pine forests at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s the pastoral sound of his childhood that has defined the sound of his music, even among the freeways and fast pace of his new Southern California home. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads, Motsenbocker defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay.

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Think About Living In "The Sustainable City"

If you're thinking that the key to humans living sustainably lies in the countryside, you're looking in the wrong direction. Cities are where most of the people live, and they will have to pave the way (no pun intended) in demonstrating that people can live in harmony with the planet, putting back what we take from it. That's the view of Steven Cohen, who runs the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He fleshes his argument out in The Sustainable City , a glimpse of the urban systems of the future.

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It's A Beautiful 50th Birthday For 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9uIJ-o2yqQ Fifty years ago Monday, when Fred Rogers showed up on national public television as the host of what then was a brand new children's show called Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, TV was a lot different. PBS wasn't even a network then — not by that name, anyway — and aside from CBS, NBC and ABC, there were only a few independent local channels to watch, if that. But 50 years ago, young kids were pretty much the same. I interviewed Fred Rogers a few times...

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Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

Food scientists at the University of Massachussetts Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning. The main piece of equipment? Your smartphone. Currently, to identify the bacteria that can get you sick, like E. coli or salmonella, food scientists often use DNA testing. They obtain samples from, say, raw spinach or chicken skin, by rinsing the food and collecting a tiny bit of bacteria from the water. Then they let that bacteria multiply...

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The Eugene Airport has added a third security screening lane. Officials say it’ll speed things along as passenger traffic grows. But an Oregon representative is rankled by a proposed fee increase.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

As it turns out, Oregon doesn't appear to face an immediate budget crunch from the new federal tax law.

That's the conclusion of a new state economic forecast released Friday showing that the state is picking up enough additional revenue to stay in the black for the rest of the 2017-19 budget cycle.

That new forecast led Gov. Kate Brown to warn her fellow Democrats in the Legislature to scale back a bill that would curb tax breaks for smaller companies.

"I believe we must protect small businesses, the engine of our economic growth," Brown said in a statement.

UPDATE (Feb. 16, 3:51 p.m. PST) — The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday that former Gov. John Kitzhaber violated state ethics law and used his office for personal gain.

The commission was considering an investigation released earlier this week that focused on the former governor’s decision to place his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, in a state role where she could have used her position to financially benefit their household.

In most coffee shops, you can choose a cup of joe brewed with beans from countries like Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Yemen. Now, a new crop of coffee growers is working to get coffee brewed from California-grown beans included on those menus.

When Mark Gaskell moved to California after working in coffee-growing regions in Central America, he noticed coffee plants growing in gardens and wondered if large-scale production was an option.

Members and staff of the California Senate Rules Committee prepare to meet in closed session on Friday, February 16, 2018, to discuss the sexual harassment investigation into Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Whittier).
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Members and staff of the California Senate Rules Committee prepare to meet in closed session on Friday, February 16, 2018, to discuss the sexual harassment investigation into Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Whittier).

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The California Senate has formally received the sexual harassment investigation into Los Angeles County Democrat Tony Mendoza conducted by outside lawyers – and his fate now lies with his colleagues.

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Long-time artistic director Bill Rauch will leave the Ashland-based Oregon Shakespeare Festival next year to head the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Performing Arts at the World Trade Center in New York City. He will stay at OSF through August 2019.

Building on a career that spans over 17 years with a history that includes Seattle, New York City, and everywhere in between, Jon Fickes proudly debuts his most ambitious album yet, Closer to a Ghost. The album, a release by his newest musical endeavor, A View of Earth from the Moon, is “everything I’ve always wanted a record to be.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Humboldt County can be a wet place, but there's plenty more to come as sea levels continue to rise. 

The Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, in the works for several years, was completed last month. 

It details the ways and areas in which the North Coast is especially prone to problems from higher sea levels.  Now the next question: how best to act on the information. 

Micro-Trains

They are not the primary way we get around the country anymore, but Americans still have a love for trains.  The proof is in a modest factory in the small city of Talent.  The factory houses Micro-Trains, the highly regarded maker of model railroad trains, tracks, and accessories. 

"Micro" is not a play on words; the company makes trains in N and Z gauges, smaller than the better-known HO. 

How it got started and why it's still in the Rogue Valley is the story of this month's edition of The Ground Floor.  Eric Smith is the boss now, having succeeded his father-in-law at the helm (throttle?) of the company. 

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Democratic state Sen. Tony Mendoza is suing the California Senate — and he isn’t pulling any punches against his former colleagues.

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