ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Access To ICE Detainees In Oregon

UPDATE (June 22, 12:52 p.m. PT) The ACLU of Oregon sued the Trump administration on Friday, arguing that attorneys have not been able tomeet with 121 immigration detainees housedat the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon . The lawsuit claimstwo federal agencies Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Prisons are violating the U.S. Constitution by depriving the prisoners theirdue process rights. The men are being housed three to a cell and are confined in them for up to...

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JPR Live Session: Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs has said that she didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during her youth.

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Why Broadband Is So Needed In Rural Areas

Many of the activities that once kept people busy in rural areas just require fewer people now. So it's hard to keep people down on the farm (or forest). One solution for improving rural productivity is to make sure that broadband Internet service is available. This is a pet cause of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who is pushing for Congress to fund broadband expansion in rural areas. We hear about the needs and the uses of additional money from Zachary Cikanek at Connect Americans Now , and Christopher Tamarin, a broadband specialist in the Oregon Business Development Department.

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Animated History: The Evolution Of Parenting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALMHIVCB4fs The Great Wall of China. A walk on the moon. Genome sequencing. How did we humans, who share almost all of our DNA with chimpanzees, end up doing all that, while they ended up pretty much where they started? Some scientists will tell you it was language, or tools, or brainpower. Another group of researchers has come up with a new and surprising theory — that something else put us on the road to success. They say it has to do with how we raised our...

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Fearing Deportation, Some Immigrants Opt Out Of Health Benefits For Their Kids

The fear of family separation is not new for many immigrants already living in the U.S. In fact, that fear, heightened in recent weeks, has been forcing a tough decision for some families. Advocates say a growing number of American children are dropping out of Medicaid and other government programs because their parents are undocumented. Marlene is an undocumented resident of Texas and has two children who are U.S. citizens. (NPR is not using Marlene's last name because of her immigration...

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Too many people already spend nights in their cars because they don't have any other place to sleep.  But some other vehicles, with a little work, can be comfy places to spend some time. 

Ashland-based Forever Homes, Vehicles for Change plans to convert retired school buses to new uses as temporary homes for homeless people. 

FH,VFC leaders envision both short- and longer-term modifications for the big yellow buses. 

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About two miles up the hill from Sheridan's lone coffee shop, 123 immigrant detainees are being held inside the nearby Federal Correctional Institution.

Michael Ryan, 70, sips his coffee and wonders why.

A contingent of 19 Democratic Senators lambasted the Trump Administration for its “zero tolerance” policy against immigrants today. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

The pastor of the Oakville, Washington Assembly of God church said he was trying to protect his family and the public when he drew his concealed pistol and shot a gunman on Father’s Day.

David George cried at times as he spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the shooting.

Oregon's Booming CBD Market Readies For A Crackdown

Jun 21, 2018

The market for the non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis — CBD — is growing rapidly.

But there’s concern its medical effects are being oversold.

CBD is marketed for everything from back pain to multiple sclerosis, and often appears in products like creams and chocolates.

Speaking on OPB’s "Think Out Loud," attorney Amy Margolis said the cannabis market is exploding.

Children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are showing up in shelters in Oregon and Washington, according to attorneys representing the minors.

"Some of the separated kids have been transferred up to facilities in both states," said Janet Gwilym, managing attorney of the Seattle office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

"Washington had about nine kids that I'm aware of in facilities," she said.

California Net Neutrality Measure "Gutted" Yet Advanced In Hostile Takeover By Committee Chairman

Jun 21, 2018
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A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated.”

Following two days of raucous heckling and disruption from Portland demonstrators, a regional office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily shuttered, the agency announced Wednesday.

“ICE operations at this location have been temporarily halted due to security concerns,” a statement from an ICE spokesman said. “Normal operations will resume once security concerns have been addressed.”

Appointments at the facility have been canceled.

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Many of the activities that once kept people busy in rural areas just require fewer people now.  So it's hard to keep people down on the farm (or forest). 

One solution for improving rural productivity is to make sure that broadband Internet service is available. 

This is a pet cause of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who is pushing for Congress to fund broadband expansion in rural areas. 

We hear about the needs and the uses of additional money from Zachary Cikanek at Connect Americans Now, and Christopher Tamarin, a broadband specialist in the Oregon Business Development Department.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

The recent discovery of an unusual looking wolf (or is it bear?) shot in Montana has a connection to Oregon. 

Because the federal Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab performed the work to identify the creature, which is indeed a wolf. 

Ken Goddard has been the director of the lab since its inception.  And he can tell us plenty about the tools at the lab's disposal... it's the only fully-equipped lab of its kind in the world, serving 182 countries. 

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