10 Pedestrians Killed, Hit By Van In Toronto, Police Say

Updated at 10:52 p.m. ET Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a white van struck pedestrians on busy Yonge St. in Toronto today. The driver, identified by police as Alek Minassian, was located and arrested without injury. The police had initially identified him as Alex Minassian. Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters in an evening news conference that the suspect's motive isn't known but the actions looked deliberate. Ralph Goodale, public safety minister, said there appears...

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JPR Live Session: Moon Hooch

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch . In just a few short years, the group — Michael Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler — has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country.

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Seven Democrats Make The Case For Congress: OR-2

Oregon's Second Congressional District demonstrates the enthusiasm for politics abroad in the land this year. Where a total of four candidates filed to run for the seat in 2016, more than ten have entered their names in 2018. We visit with the seven Democrats hoping to face incumbent Greg Walden in November: Eric Burnette , Michael Byrne , Jim Crary , Raz Mason , Jamie McLeod-Skinner , Jennifer Neahring , and Tim White .

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How Rhiannon Giddens Reconstructs Black Pain With The Banjo

Rhiannon Giddens isn't afraid to carry the weight of history in her music. The North Carolina singer-songwriter and banjoist is a founding member of the Grammy-winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops which won both critical acclaim and loyal fans for their revival of the African-American string band tradition. 2017 was a big year for Giddens. She released Freedom Highway , a solo album of haunting songs inspired by slave narratives. She also received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship,...

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Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD. It's marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety — and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too. Part of the appeal, at least for people who don't want to get high, is that CBD doesn't have the same mind-altering effects as marijuana, since it does not contain THC, the psychoactive component of the plant. "My customers are buying CBD [for] stress relief," says Richard...

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Nearly 20 percent of people in Washington and 15 percent in Oregon speak a language other than English at home. Emergency managers from around the West are grappling with how to reach people in foreign languages in the midst of a disaster. A new Washington state law seeks to raise the bar.

A union-backed Oregon group that lost its high-stakes battle to sharply raise corporate taxes in 2016 is now planning to put a much more modest measure before the state's voters in November.

Our Oregon says it has launched a widespread petition as it seeks to qualify an initiative that would require publicly funded corporations to reveal how much they've paid in state taxes.

A startup company in California is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to advise fire departments about how to plan for earthquakes and respond to them.

The company, One Concern, hopes its algorithms can take a lot of the guesswork out of the planning process for disaster response by making accurate predictions about earthquake damage. It's one of a handful of companies rolling out artificial intelligence and machine learning systems that could help predict and respond to floods, cyber-attacks and other large-scale disasters.

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group — Michael Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler — has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country.

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There's evidence that people first used hemp fibers in the early days of human civilization.  The modern-day outlawing of hemp is not of its own doing: people figured out how to grow varieties of the plant that people smoke to get high (see: marijuana). 

Now the growing of industrial hemp is gaining in favor, aided by legalization of marijuana in several states.  Legislators at the state and federal level are working on laws that could help hemp farmers regardless of what happens with marijuana law. 

Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association  founder Courtney Moran is also an attorney, following the movements with great interest. 

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California's legislature took nearly the opposite approach of the states placing new restrictions on abortion facilities. 

Instead, legislators passed the California FACT act (the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act), which requires counseling centers where abortion is opposed to inform clients that abortions are available for free elsewhere. 

As winter ended, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the act.  Chief question: is it free speech or forced speech?  In the view of NARAL Pro-Choice California, it's more like a truth-in-advertising law. 

State Director Amy Everitt worked to pass the California FACT act; she visits with perspective on the law and its court challenges. 

Oregon Blue Book

Oregon's Second Congressional District demonstrates the enthusiasm for politics abroad in the land this year. 

Where a total of four candidates filed to run for the seat in 2016, more than ten have entered their names in 2018. 

We visit with the seven Democrats hoping to face incumbent Greg Walden in November: Eric Burnette, Michael Byrne, Jim Crary, Raz Mason, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Jennifer Neahring, and Tim White

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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.

For the first time this week, Californians can celebrate "4/20," the unofficial pot holiday, by purchasing legal recreational cannabis at dispensaries across the state.

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Tainted, chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz., is the source of an E.coli outbreak that has sickened at least 53 people in 16 states, including California and Washington, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Put A Whale On It — Oregon Gets A New License Plate

Apr 20, 2018
Oregon State University

Oregon is about to issue a new license plate featuring a gray whale.

The Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute wanted to introduce the new plate to raise money for research. But before the state would give permission, the school had to sell 3,000 plates in advance.

Institute director Bruce Mate said Thursday the plate is now ready for wider purchase.

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