Trump Backs Arming Teachers During Emotional White House Listening Session

A week after 17 people were killed at a Parkland, Fla., high school, President Trump hosted survivors, parents and teachers from that and other recent school shooting tragedies for an emotional, nearly 90-minute listening session at the White House Wednesday. Trump, Vice President Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asked for feedback on how to prevent future school shootings and increase safety at the nation's schools. Suggestions were varied, ranging from ways to provide more and...

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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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Protecting Livestock From Predators By Training Cows

You know how people always say you should not run from a dog that appears threatening? That's because the dog is more likely to run after you if you create a chase situation. And it's apparently just as true of wolves as it is of dogs. Mark Coats is a rancher in the Tulelake area, just as concerned as any rancher about the rise of wolves in the region. He offers advice through the web at Rancher Predator Awareness , including ways to train cattle not to run when confronted by predators.

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

This story of a man who nearly died in the hospital actually started in the woods of Washington's Cascade Mountains last summer. "I was cutting for a logging outfit up on these rock cliffs and I felled a 150-foot fir tree into [some] maple trees," says Kristopher Kelly, a 51-year-old lumberjack. The maples "had a bunch of dead tops — they call 'em widow makers," Kelly says. "You don't want to get under them because they'll make you a widow." And when the top of the fir tree crashed into those...

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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Shaorong Deng is sitting up in bed at the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital waiting for his doctor. Thin and frail, the 53-year-old construction worker's coat drapes around his shoulders to protect against the chilly air. Deng has advanced cancer of the esophagus , a common form of cancer in China. He went through radiation and chemotherapy, but the cancer kept spreading. Now he's back at the hospital to get an experimental treatment. It involves using cells from his own immune system, known as T...

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If you've been watching the Winter Olympics, you may have noticed athletes native to one country competing for a different country's team. In fact, there are three Northwest-raised and trained Olympians who are competing under foreign flags.

The ACLU of Oregon, on behalf of Basic Rights Oregon, has filed motions to intervene and dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by parents from the Dallas School District challenging state and federal guidelines for Oregon's transgender students.

If granted, the motion to intervene would include the ACLU as a defendant in the lawsuit. The motion to dismiss could end the lawsuit entirely.

The U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, declined to hear a Second Amendment case, turning away a constitutional challenge to a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of guns in California. The court's decision not to hear the case came over an angry dissent from conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.

Bill Would Boost Privacy For California Marijuana Customers

Feb 20, 2018
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California’s recreational marijuana customers would gain a measure of privacy under a new bill introduced at the state Capitol.

Assembly Bill 2402 would ban retail marijuana shops from selling customer data to third-party vendors without the customer’s consent.

Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Silicon Valley, said the bill would block employers from obtaining information about an employee who buys marijuana.

Portland has few homeless shelters designed to serve families with children.

The Human Solutions Family Center, which opened in 2016, is the largest, with cots for 130 people. To understand why the family center is a big deal, it helps to meet Michael Bunch.

He’s 4 and carries around a black plastic bag filled with his favorite toys: Play-Doh and Ninja Turtle Legos.

When OPB met him, he was struggling to learn an important new word on what was moving day for his family.

His mom, Andrea Bunch, prodded him: “We’re going where?”

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A survey by the Oregon Department of Transportation shows that 97 percent of the wheelchair curb ramps the department is responsible for don’t fully meet design standards.

Advocates say ODOT is hampering people with disabilities. But the department says the rating sounds worse than it really is.

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Oregon continues to produce more wine over time, but its production of beer ingredients may be even more impressive. 

Hops are a major agricultural product in Oregon, the number three state behind Washington and Idaho.  And the hop harvest over the past five years has zoomed, up 77 percent. 

People who know hops say this is probably the peak; there are enough hops to meet the demand, and then some. 

Jaki Brophy speaks for hop growers at USA Hops in Yakima, Washington. 

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You know how people always say you should not run from a dog that appears threatening?  That's because the dog is more likely to run after you if you create a chase situation. 

And it's apparently just as true of wolves as it is of dogs. 

Mark Coats is a rancher in the Tulelake area, just as concerned as any rancher about the rise of wolves in the region.  He offers advice through the web at Rancher Predator Awareness, including ways to train cattle not to run when confronted by predators. 

If you're looking for an adrenaline-packed event to watch on TV during this year’s Winter Games, you’ll almost certainly be drawn to ski jumping. It’s a sport where the competitors speed down a ramp at nearly 60 mph before soaring hundreds of feet through the air.

It looks so extreme, you probably wonder how these athletes get their start.

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