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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You are what you eat, as the saying goes.  So what does your diet say about your attitudes? 

Plenty, in the eyes of Will Tuttle.  Dr. Tuttle--PhD in Education--is a vegan who supports a diet that is sustainable and compassionate, among other things. 

He calls it "The World Peace Diet" and has written a book by that name. 

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School's out for summer, but educators have a lot yet to talk about. 

The Oregon Education Association and its counterparts in other states sends members to the massive national Representative Assembly (RA), at the very time the Oregon Legislature is debating how much money it can spend on schools for the next two years. 

Black Sheep

You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the music of the Emerald Isle. 

And Irish music has been a fixture at Ashland's Black Sheep pub for years now, in a Sunday afternoon jam session that welcomed all musicians. 

Now the Black Sheep owners are closing the pub, forcing the Celtic instruments and their players to look for a new place to make music. 

Fire Season In Effect For DFPA Lands

Jun 19, 2017

Fire restrictions are in effect beginning today on more than a million acres in Douglas County.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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Scientists just identified a new species of flying squirrel in North America, and it lives right here near us. 

Humboldt's flying squirrel is named for the naturalist Alexander Humboldt, but Humboldt County is part of its range. 

Scientists knew flying squirrels (okay, they glide) lived in the region, but thought they were just like the flying squirrels of Western Canada and Alaska. 

They're not, says Brian Arbogast at the University of North Carolina. 

greatshastarailtrail.org

Long trains loaded with tree parts and wood products used to rumble through the woods between Burney and McCloud, continuing on to Mount Shasta. 

The rumbling is gone, because the tracks have been removed.  The McCloud Railway's demise marks the rise of the Great Shasta Rail Trail, envisioned as an 80-mile trail on the old railroad right-of-way. 

Just think about the varied activities possible on such a long trail in such a scenic place. 

Oregon Health Authority Budget Passes, With Little Republican Help

Jun 16, 2017

The Oregon House has passed a package of bills to fund the Oregon Health Authority and continue providing health insurance for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

The vote wasn’t just on the budget — it added a completely new tax on hospitals and insurance companies.

That extra money will help pay to maintain Medicaid insurance for nearly 400,000 Oregonians.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon announced Friday it won't bring criminal charges against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, for alleged misuse of their positions.

Department of Justice spokesman Kevin Sonoff said in a statement that the investigation has "concluded and no federal criminal charges will be sought."

The DOJ did not immediately offer any more information about its investigation.

A new study by Oregon State University finds an increase in marijuana use in college students since pot was legalized 2 years ago.

The Trump Administration is trying to get the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the federal climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs. In the latest move, it’s asked for a writ of mandamus, a rarely used legal maneuver.


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