Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools. The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities. But on Wednesday, the two federal departments said the Obama documents do not "contain extensive legal analysis or explain how...

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JPR Live Session: The Bones of J.R. Jones

Where some musicians lock themselves away in a studio to create an album or a concrete collection of songs, Jonathon Linaberry can’t help but write whenever inspiration strikes. The blues singer and multi-instrumentalist, who incorporates elements of old-time folk into the all-encompassing persona of The Bones of J.R. Jones , describes his songwriting as “ a continuing evolution. ” Nonetheless, he admits he often wishes his ever-wandering creative spirit would settle down. “ I would jump at the chance to have the flexibility where I can have six months locked away in a room and focus on one solid cohesive theme for a record, ” Linaberry says. “ But unfortunately with my schedule I try to cram these songs into the spaces of my life where I can fit them. ”

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How Naloxone Can Save Overdose Victims

The opioid painkiller epidemic took a strange twist when doctors clamped down on the prescription drugs. Users began turning to heroin as a replacement for opioids, and the heroin overdose death rate shot up. In response, many communities have begun equipping first responders with the drug naloxone--also called Narcan--to revive overdose patients long enough to get medical help. Julia Pinsky's son died of a heroin overdose; she started "Max's Mission" to help distribute naloxone. Sara Smith is a nurse and organizer for a naxolone support group under Oregon Pain Guidance . Brett Johnson is deputy police chief in Medford.

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Doctor's Book Presents The Case Against 'Dairy Crack'

The average American eats more than 33 pounds of cheese a year. This is according to Neal Barnard , physician and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. And that's a problem, he says, because it's helping to make us overweight and sick. Barnard's new book , The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy , is set to hit shelves Tuesday. In it, Barnard writes about cheese in strong terms: "Loaded with...

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What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, health care under the Affordable Care Act is going to change in the next few years. The Republican-led Congress has vowed to "repeal and replace" the health law known as Obamacare. That has left many people anxious and confused about what will happen and when. So NPR's Morning Edition asked listeners to post questions on Twitter and Facebook, and we will be answering some of them here and on the radio in the weeks ahead. Many of the...

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It looks really pretty on exterior walls--think universities and Wrigley Field--but English ivy is a pest. 

It is not a plant indigenous to our region, and ivy causes problems for native plants, including trees in the forest. 

It's a greater problem in the moister forests of the North Coast, where the No Ivy League has worked to eradicate it for several years. 

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It's no surprise that the White House is cracking down on illegal immigration; President Trump promised to do so, and many Americans expect a crackdown. 

But Latino communities report a ripple effect: people who do want immigrants out have taken to demonstrating their feelings. 

Ben Garcia at Revista Caminos, a Spanish-language magazine, is working on a piece about the people who feel emboldened to haze immigrants and minorities. 

Oregon’s Bottle Deposit To Double In April

Feb 22, 2017

Starting April 1, if you’re buying soda, bottled water or beer at the grocery store, you might notice the price is higher. That’s because the deposit Oregonians are required to pay on these bottles is rising from 5 cents to 10 cents.

In 2013 the Washington Legislature killed the idea of a bigger, safer bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Washington. Three years later, Washington state lawmakers could take preliminary votes to revive plans to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

Another gun control debate is brewing in the Oregon Legislature.This year's high-profile gun legislation would attempt to close what supporters of the measure call two loopholes.

Yasmin Perez

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Story Machine crew are celebrating all of the different kinds of love!. Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Bolt to hear stories about a monster finding her true love in The Monster and the Human, by Kora, age 9; love keeping a family strong in Mi Familia by Yasmin Perez, age 7; two friends saving the day in Dragon Fire by Khloe Gates, age 8; and a little dog with a huge heart in The Friend by Maille Damon-Tolleneare.

People convicted of paying for sex in Oregon would have their drivers' licenses suspended for six months under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. The suspension would be added to existing penalties for the crime.

Shipwrecks along the Pacific Northwest coast number in the thousands. A handful have become the long-running obsessions of a cadre of shipwreck buffs.

Oregon is the only state without an impeachment process. But some state lawmakers are trying to establish a way to impeach statewide elected officials, including the governor.

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Oregon still requires the state legislature to draw new legislative and Congressional districts after every federal census. 

Which means the people in power get to pick the people they represent, up to a point.  It's a point too far for new Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. 

He set up a nonpartisan Fair Redistricting Task Force to explore ways to change the process of drawing new lines. 

Three guests join us: Alan Zundel, who head the Pacific Green Party in Oregon, Rep. Julie Parrish, and former Secretary of State Phil Keisling. 

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