Commander Of Navy's 7th Fleet Dismissed After Series Of Ship Mishaps

Updated at 4:25 a.m. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet was relieved of command on Wednesday. The fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan. A statement from the Navy explains why Aucoin was dismissed. "Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

"Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and confirmed for the...

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JPR Live Session: Eddie Berman

Eddie Berman grew up in Southern California and taught himself guitar and piano. He fell in love with the troubadour styles of Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk as a teenager and learned to fingerpick on his father’s 1950s Martin guitar, first writing his own songs as a college student at Berkeley. He made waves in the acoustic music world half a decade ago when his bedroom demos were given significant airplay on influential LA radio station KCRW.

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Foster Care Caseloads Soar For CASAs In Douglas County

The flow of children into foster care ebbs and flows, and it is flowing now, in a big way. The number of children who have entered the foster care system in Douglas County alone has increased from 41 children in 2013 to 204 children so far this year. That’s a 398 percent increase, according to data released this year from the Oregon Department of Human Services. That means more work for DHS, but also for court appointed special advocates--CASAs --who represent the children in court. CASA staff say most of their cases have families struggling with drug abuse. And nearly 300 children are on a waiting list for CASAs.

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Harvesting Salt By Hand Is Making A Comeback In France

It's a summer evening on the French Atlantic island of Noirmoutier. As the sun shimmers on the rustling marsh grasses, Hervé Zarka rakes in sea salt from shallow pools. He uses a simoussi, a 10-foot pole tipped with a flat board. Salt has been harvested this way since at least the seventh century, when Benedictine monks dug the canals that bring seawater into this marshland. Zarka moved to Noirmoutier from Paris 25 years ago because he loves the ocean. Ten years after he relocated, he ended...

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Oregon, Texas Lay Down Markers On Abortion Coverage

Federal health insurance rules are a moving target, and it's unclear whether Republicans will take another run at replacing the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, some states are staking out strong positions on coverage of abortion, regardless of how the federal landscape changes. Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a bill generally prohibiting health insurers who offer individual and employer-based plans from covering abortion unless a woman's life is in danger. That...

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Update On A Brisk Fire Season

Aug 22, 2017
National Interagency Fire Center

So much for thinking that an abnormally wet year would mean an abnormally quiet fire season. 

Even the slowly creeping fires of mid-July have become the roaring infernos (see Chetco Bar) of late August. 

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To make the case that an animal needs protection under the Endangered Species Act, you have to prove that you seek to protect a distinct population of the animal. 

And recent research appears to prove a distinction between Spring Chinook and Fall Chinook salmon native to the Klamath River. 

Which may strengthen the case for protecting the troubled spring run under the ESA. 

The Karuk Tribe recently filed notice of intent to request such protection for the fish. 

Change Possibly Coming To California Crosswalk Signal Rules

Aug 22, 2017
A SYN / FLICKR

California lawmakers could soon tweak a rule that’s surprising to many people who use crosswalks. Right now it’s illegal to start crossing the street once the red hand starts flashing and the countdown is underway.

The solar eclipse is in the books, but the scientific analysis goes on. Teams of high school and college students scrambled Monday afternoon to locate and recover cameras and experimental payloads they launched to the edge of space during the eclipse.

In An Ashland Barbershop, A Dying Art Lives On

Aug 21, 2017
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The old-fashioned barbershop, with leather chairs, straight-razor shaves, and gossiping men, is a common image in American culture. But in 2017, the real thing can be hard to find.

But in a strip mall in downtown Ashland, right between the liquor store and a donut shop, you’ll find the Modern Barbershop.

UPDATE (Aug. 23, 2017, 9:33 a.m. P.T.) After a rainy, cool winter and spring, this year's fire season kicked off June 7 in southern Oregon.

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The flow of children into foster care ebbs and flows, and it is flowing now, in a big way. 

The number of children who have entered the foster care system in Douglas County alone has increased from 41 children in 2013 to 204 children so far this year.

That’s a 398 percent increase, according to data released this year from the Oregon Department of Human Services.

That means more work for DHS, but also for court appointed special advocates--CASAs--who represent the children in court. 

CASA staff say most of their cases have families struggling with drug abuse.   And nearly 300 children are on a waiting list for CASAs.

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Time to take off the glasses and tell us YOUR story of the American Eclipse

Did you travel far enough to see the total eclipse?  Did you stay closer to home and still enjoy the sliver of daylight left? 

We want to hear your stories of the big event. 

So we throw open the phone lines for some of the many impressions formed by this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Businesses across Oregon are reaping the benefits of the throngs of tourists descending on the state for the solar eclipse. But one tiny radio station in the path of totality will benefit from the eclipse in an unexpected way.

Hundreds of eclipse revelers from all over the nation have flocked to a remote ranch outside of Durkee in eastern Oregon. They’re camping in yurts, tents and RVs.

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