Manchester Bombing Suspect's Father, Brother Said To Be Arrested In Libya

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET The father and younger brother of suspected Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi have been arrested in Libya, according to multiple news outlets. A spokesman for Libya's Special Deterrent force tells The Associated Press and Reuters that Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, and his brother Hashim have been detained for questioning in Tripoli. Libyan security spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the wire services that Ramadan Abedi was taken into custody Wednesday; no...

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JPR Live Session: Shelby Earl

Shelby Earl ’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats , NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “ new favorite songwriter ,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music sites in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen.

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The Age Of Wiggly Reality, Examined

"Facts are facts." "You can argue about the meaning, but not about the facts." Insert your favorite phrase on facts and reality here. Telling the truth seems to be taking a beating in today's world. Brooke Gladstone gets to watch the process in her role as co-host of "On The Media," heard on JPR. She gives us some off-air thoughts in her small book The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time .

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3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

A remarkably complete fossil of a young child suggests that key elements of the human spinal structure were already in place in an ancient human relative 3.3 million years ago. The child, about three years old, likely died suddenly and quickly drifted into a body of water, where she was covered in sediment that eventually hardened to sandstone, Zeray Alemseged of the University of Chicago tells The Two-Way. His team found the well-preserved fossil in 2000 in Dikika, Ethiopia, and for years...

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Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

Top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't even try to act enthusiastic as they unveiled details of their agency's proposed 2018 budget , which includes drastic cuts in spending. "We're going to do the best we can," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "It's my job to implement that plan." The broad outlines of this budget, with its 20 percent cut in the USDA's discretionary spending, had been released two months ago. This week, it became clear exactly what the Trump...

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Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is not a very big campus, but its price tag figures to get bigger in the next academic year. 

A budget shortfall for Oregon state government will likely impact the seven state universities, which largely have to fund themselves through tuition. 

So SOU President Linda Schott proposed, and the board of trustees approved, a tuition hike of 12%. 

The state's revenue picture got clearer with the release of new income figures this week; there is more money, but taxpayers are likely to get "kicker" refunds. 

ODOT

It's pretty typical to complain about potholes, but even the people who fix Oregon's roads will tell you repairs are needed.

And the state legislature recognizes this; that's why it's been talking for a couple of years about a major transportation bill. 

Now one is on the table, with a mix of tax and fee ideas and plans for shoring up the ways of getting around Oregon. 

UC Regents To Grill UC President, State Auditor Thursday Over Controversial Audit

May 18, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

University of California regents will publicly discuss a blistering state audit of UC President Janet Napolitano’s office for the first time Thursday when they meet in San Francisco.

The Oregon secretary of state sent an audit alert to all 90 lawmakers Wednesday warning that Oregon Health Authority may be sending as much as $37 million a month to ineligible Medicaid recipients.

When the Affordable Care Act dramatically expanded the state’s Medicaid population, the Oregon Health Authority was overwhelmed by the workload. So it got permission from the federal government to skip the yearly reviews that made sure recipients were still eligible.

Weeds. Nobody wants them. But, lately, the subject has taken over everything in rural Sherman County — the talk around town, email servers, even the local high school gymnasium.

At issue is whether a large organic farm, Azure Standard, is letting its weeds spread onto neighboring property — and whether the government should do something about it. Neighboring farmers say the weeds have crept onto their fields, costing them time and money to control the problem.

The weeds include rush skeleton, Canada thistle, morning glory and whitetop.

Recreational marijuana sales and taxes were included in Oregon’s quarterly Economic and Revenue Forecast for the first time. The report came out Tuesday and projects an upward trend for marijuana revenue.

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The list of states with some form of legal marijuana continues to grow. But because pot remains illegal under federal law, most banks won’t offer services to cannabis businesses.

Now, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is sponsoring a bill that would remove key barriers that keep most marijuana businesses operating only in cash. 

Wild Chinook salmon, probably the most prized seafood item on the West Coast, could all but vanish from California within a hundred years, according to a report released Tuesday.

The authors, with the University of California, Davis, and the conservation group California Trout, name climate change, dams and agriculture as the major threats to the prized and iconic fish, which is still the core of the state's robust fishing industry.

Voters in Coos County said ‘no’ Tuesday to a measure that could have blocked a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline. The results are too close to call for a Lincoln County measure banning aerial pesticide spraying.

These Oregon measures stem from the broader “community rights” movement – and organizers say there’s more to come. The concept of community rights animated a series of similar ballot measures in Washington in recent years and it's now driving several Oregon voter initiative efforts.

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