On Visit To Chile, Pope Asks For Forgiveness Over Sex-Abuse Scandal

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET Pope Francis, arriving in Chile to begin a three-day visit, opened his trip by asking for forgiveness over a local priest-abuse scandal that has left the country reeling — and prompted a less-than-warm reception for the Argentine-born pontiff. The pope, specifically, is the target of ire because he appointed a bishop who many Chileans accuse of covering up sexual abuse by a now-disgraced priest. Francis directly addressed the controversy in a speech to Chilean...

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JPR Live Session: Esmé Patterson

Originally from Colorado and initially part of the folk band Paper Bird with her sister Genevieve, Esmé Patterson has increasingly let loose her inner rocker on each new solo album — particularly on her third record, released in June of 2016, titled We Were Wild .

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Compass Radio: To Guide Away From Suicide

Mental illness is not good for anyone. It can endanger the life of the ill person, often by their own decision. Suicide is a constant challenge for mental health professionals and the people they serve. At Compass House in Medford, several club members have stories to tell about considering or attempting suicide. We meet one of them, Mary C., in this month's edition of Compass Radio.

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Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions

It's just before Thanksgiving, and artist Christopher Marley is packing up items for a big exhibition outside Miami . Marley transforms poisonous snakes, tropical fish and exotic insects into works of art — and he just realized he forgot to frame a foot-long isopod that's still in the freezer. He says the creature is "like a giant pill bug or potato bug or roly-poly" — but those are all understatements. It actually looks right out of Starship Troopers , or some other movie starring monster...

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Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother's farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after emigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the spiky, fibrous vegetables were too expensive on this side of the border. When she prepared meals at her family's home in Garden Grove, Calif., Gonzalez would also omit avocados, a staple of Mexican cuisine that are often costly here. "I saw the prices and I said, 'No, never mind,' " says...

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More than a month after the Thomas Fire took hold in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, firefighters have reached 100 percent containment of the deadly blaze. The announcement Friday marks a hard-fought triumph over the wildfire, which earlier this month became the largest in modern state history.

The Thomas Fire has been blamed for two deaths and the destruction of more than 1,000 structures. Its historic toll in Southern California — more than 280,000 acres ravaged — also led to another deadly disaster: the mudslides this month in Santa Barbara County.

A special edition of our "Curious" segment is geared to the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. 

University of Oregon associate professor Curtis Austin has researched the civil rights and black power movements extensively. 

He tracks the rise of the movements and the responses to them... from the public, the government, and police, among others. 

Dr. Austin visits with some insights into the history of the struggle for equality in America. 

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The official name is still "Bell Hardware," but it's not the kind of business where you go buy a screwdriver. 

This third-generation business is now focused primarily on doors and frames and other components of getting people into commercial buildings... or keeping them out. 

John Bell is the grandson of the company founder, and Bell Hardware, still based in Klamath Falls, has outlets from Portland to Redding. 

An ice sculpture at the 13th annual Back-to-Session Bash, held at The Park nightclub just blocks from the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
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An ice sculpture at the 13th annual Back-to-Session Bash, held at The Park nightclub just blocks from the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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Report: Jordan Cove LNG Project Would Be Largest Emitter Of Greenhouse Gases In Oregon

Jan 12, 2018
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A new report about a natural gas pipeline and export facility proposed in Southern Oregon says the project’s in-state emissions would make it the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon.

A Bill To Expand Rent Control in California Fails To Pass Housing Committee

Jan 11, 2018
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Hundreds of tenants and landlords came to the Capitol Thursday to voice their stance on a bill that would have expanded rent control in California. 

Update (Jan. 10, 7:45 p.m. PST) — The Oregon District Attorneys Association plans to roll out a campaign in the coming weeks to back a ballot measure that would abolish non-unanimous juries from the state's constitution.

"We want to get it right," said Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill on Wednesday. "We want people to both actually believe that the system is fair and balanced and have perceptions of that fair and balance."

The fact that prosecutors are backing the initiative surprised many justice reform advocates Wednesday.

Roseburg VA Has Highest Opioid Prescription Rates Nationwide

Jan 11, 2018

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions of all VA hospitals nationwide, according to data released by the Department of Veteran's Affairs on Thursday.

The data shows opioid prescription rates range from 3 percent at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Ohio to 20 percent at Roseburg  — the highest among VA hospitals in the country.

Recent scientific reviews have found substantial evidence that marijuana can be useful in easing at least some types of chronic pain. Yet even for the majority of Americans who live in states that have legalized medical marijuana, choosing opioids can be much cheaper.

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Mental illness is not good for anyone.  It can endanger the life of the ill person, often by their own decision.  Suicide is a constant challenge for mental health professionals and the people they serve. 

At Compass House in Medford, several club members have stories to tell about considering or attempting suicide. 

We meet one of them, Mary C., in this month's edition of Compass Radio. 

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