Northwest Democrats Blast Senate GOP's 'Meaner' Health Care Bill

Hours after Republican leaders released the 140-page draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, senior senators from Oregon and Washington were taking questions alongside the top Democrat in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Schumer spoke first, calling the bill a "wolf in sheep's clothing," but with "sharper teeth" than the legislation the House of Representatives narrowly passed in May. Several Democrats said if the House version was "mean" as President Donald Trump...

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JPR Live Session: Lesley Kernochan

Lesley Kernochan is one you can’t predict. One minute she’s howling a country tune with the midnight coyotes, and the next minute she’s delivering a full plate of swingin’ sass. Lesley has an eclectic background as a saxophonist, contemporary composer, operatically trained coloratura, vagabond cabarista, musical saw player, and now singer/songwriter. In each uniquely crafted song Lesley offers her intimate vocal prowess and earnest, playful spirit.

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The Fight Over Tolls In Oregon's Transportation Bill

From light rail to commuting by bike, the Portland area has a long history of transportation experimentation. Now, the big transportation bill in the Oregon Legislature calls for another innovation beloved by traffic reformers: congestion pricing. The measure orders the Oregon Transportation Commission to move forward with implementing variable tolling in conjunction with major freeway projects on Interstates 5 and 205. The idea is that higher prices to use roads can manage congestion. Thats...

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Massive Bloom Of Pickle-Shaped Sea Creatures Fills The Pacific

Millions of tubular sea creatures called pyrosomes have taken over the Pacific Ocean in an unprecedented bloom that has scientists baffled. These bumpy, translucent organisms look like sea cucumbers that range in size from six inches to more than two feet long. But theyre actually made up of hundreds of tiny animals knit together with tissue into a filter-feeding cylinder. And theyre everywhere , filling the waters off the West Coast all the way up to Alaska, and washing up on beaches. One...

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A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

A study published Thursday shows how a bird flu virus that's sickening and killing people in China could mutate to potentially become more contagious. Just three changes could be enough to do the trick, scientists report in the journal PLOS Pathogens . And the news comes just as federal officials are getting ready to lift a moratorium on controversial lab experiments that would deliberately create flu viruses with mutations like these. Public health officials have been worried about this bird...

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Spanish version (versión en español): Oregon Más Cerca De Pasar Leyes Estrictas Como Estado Santuario

Oregon lawmakers want to make it harder for federal immigration agents to find people living in the country illegally.

The First Weekend Of Summer Brings Heat To Oregon

Jun 21, 2017

The first weekend of summer is going to be a hot one in Oregon. Clear, sunny skies are forecast with highs in the mid-90s in the Willamette Valley.

The total solar eclipse is 2 months away. Scientists shared their excitement at a NASA briefing Wednesday, but transportation officials in Oregon, and other states the eclipse will pass over, are bracing for cosmic traffic jams.

EPD Set To Launch Bodycam Initiative In July

Jun 21, 2017

Starting next month, Eugene police officers will wear bodycams while on duty.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

'Provider Tax' Heads To Oregon Governor's Desk

Jun 21, 2017

Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a tax increase meant to ensure continued health care coverage for low-income Oregonians. The $670 million package raises an existing tax on hospital revenue and enacts a new tax on some health insurance premiums.

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If you follow news about land set aside for preservation, you may occasionally wonder: when can I go visit that land?  This Saturday, June 24th, is a good answer. 

That is officially Oregon Walk the Land Day, sponsored by land trusts all over the state. 

They'll lead tours pointing out the highlights of lands protected by trusts in the far-flung corners of Oregon. 

A review has found a Multnomah County judge didn’t know she was helping a man in her courtroom escape arrest from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“Judge (Monica) Herranz did not take any action that she understood would result in an undocumented immigrant evading detention by ICE agents," said Barbara Marcille, the county’s trial court administrator who conducted the review.

The fate of Native American mascots at four Oregon school districts will be decided this Thursday.  The State Board of Education will review the proposals at their meeting.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

A state senator from Seattle is renewing his call to rewrite Washington’s police deadly force law. Democrat David Frockt represents the legislative district where Seattle police shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four on Sunday.

The future of a possible corporate tax hike is in doubt at the Oregon Capitol after a flurry of activity Monday yielded no progress on the issue.

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