After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

Updated Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:08 p.m. ET When backed into a corner, President Trump digs in and fights back. It's what he's done as president, it's what he did as a candidate and it's what he did as a businessman. Just go listen to NPR's Embedded podcast and a recent episode about Trump's fight with Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., over things as petty as a flagpole at his golf course, putting hedges in front of houses he thought were ugly and the name of a road. He wanted his name on it. He had...

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JPR Live Session: Mipso (2017)

Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain , Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.

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Report Urges Caution In Fish Trap-and-Haul Programs

When migratory fish populations keep dropping and dams get in the way of their spawning journeys, fish managers often resort to "trap and haul." It is what it sounds like: trap the fish below the dam, take them by truck or barge or helicopter to the water above the dam. Now two-way trap-and-haul is recommended for sensitive salmon species in dam-happy California. And a report from UC-Davis recommends caution in that process. Robert Lusardi is the lead author of the report.

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The FDA Will Decide Whether 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber

What counts as dietary fiber? That's up for debate. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing 26 ingredients that food manufacturers use to bulk up the fiber content of processed foods to determine if there's a health benefit. If you're a nutrition-label reader, the list includes some familiar-ish sounding ingredients — such as inulin , which is often sourced from chicory root. Other ingredients on the "do-these-count-as-fiber?" list include gum acacia, bamboo fiber, retrograded corn...

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

The floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey had to go somewhere. The storm dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of the Houston area in late August. Much of the water made its way through streets and bayous and eventually drained into the Houston Ship Channel, the busy commercial waterway that allows ships to travel between the Gulf of Mexico and industrial facilities around Houston. In the weeks since, the water has drained away, but scientists believe many of the contaminants it carried have not. ...

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Oregon regulators are proposing new air pollution rules that would limit the total health risk a polluter can impose on its neighbors.

On Friday, the state will start taking public comments on its proposed rules under the Cleaner Air Oregon program Gov. Kate Brown launched last year.

The Hood River County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Thursday against the teenage suspect in the Eagle Creek Fire investigation. The 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly starting the blaze.

The teenager allegedly lobbed a firecracker down a canyon, igniting the fire that torched more than 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Fire forced hundreds of area residents to evacuate and caused school delays and businesses to shut down.

In Northern California, two intoxicants are king — wine and weed.

Both products drive the $3.2 billion-a-year tourism industry in Napa and Sonoma counties. But as wildfires continue to rage through the region this week, marijuana growers and winemakers are struggling to keep their crops safe.

For the first time, scientists have found a deadly plant disease infecting fir trees in the Pacific Northwest.

The so-called “European” strain of sudden oak death showed up in southwest Oregon a few years back. It was known to spread to fir trees in Europe, but that hadn’t been seen in the state.

For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California.

"It's very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That's how we are still able to drive around," said Paniagua, 37. "But the fact is, we have nothing."

Doctors Without Borders

We argue A LOT about health care and its cost in our country. 

But we also do not have some of the problems with health experienced in the rest of the world.  Like in Cambodia, where there is an outbreak of hepatitis C. 

Doctors Without Borders is providing vital care, with a team that includes Rogue Valley physician Teresa Chan

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A "home rule" charter group in Douglas County proposes a shakeup in the county's structure. 

If voters approve the change, the three-person board of paid commissioners would be replaced by a five-person board of volunteer county commissioners elected from specific electoral districts. 

It would potentially save the county money (in salaries), and bring the commissioners closer (physically, anyway) to the voters. 

Former commissioner Doug Robertson is opposed to the plan. 

Self-driving cars would one day take over Interstate 5 to the exclusion of human drivers under a proposal aired out before Washington state transportation advisors Tuesday.

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.

During his time as mayor of Los Angeles and now in his campaign for California governor, Antonio Villaraigosa has repeatedly highlighted the city’s drop in violent crime.

Lane County Workers Go On Strike

Oct 18, 2017

Lane County’s largest employee union is on strike Wednesday. Negotiations between American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, and county leaders went through the night but no agreement was reached by this morning.

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