Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill As Friday Deadline Looms Updated at 9:20 pm ET House and Senate leaders posted a 2,232 page spending bill to fund the government through September 30 of this year on Wednesday evening ahead of a midnight Friday deadline. The $1.3 trillion measure includes significant boosts to U.S. military spending supported by President Trump and congressional Republicans, while Democrats secured boosts to domestic spending that most Republicans oppose. Congressional leaders celebrated...

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JPR Live Session: Seth Walker

“ Sometimes you have to remind yourself why you started something in the first place, ” muses Seth Walker. On his stellar new album, Gotta Get Back , he does precisely that, excavating the roots of his love affair with music and reuniting with the family that helped spark the fire all those years ago. The record is as remarkable as the story behind it, which stretches from Walker’s childhood living on a commune in North Carolina to stints in Austin, Nashville, New York and New Orleans.

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California Considers Permanent Drought Restrictions

California suffered through years of drought, and implemented restrictions on water use. Then the rains came--a year ago--and the restrictions came off. Now the state appears headed for another drought, and there is talk of making water restrictions permanent. The state Water Resources Control Board hasn't gotten there yet, but plans are on the table. That has the attention of water users and people who work on their behalf. Christopher Neary is a water rights attorney in Northern California; Jennifer Harder teaches law at University of the Pacific .

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Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science? If you've ever gone down the rabbit hole that is OK Go's YouTube channel , then you know how insanely cool the band's music videos are. Sure, OK Go is a rock band. Their songs get on the radio, they've played sold-out shows, but the group is far better known for their really complex and elaborate videos. There's the one (viewed 41 million times) where they're all dancing on treadmills, jumping back and...

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Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast

Gray whale sightings are up on the Oregon and Washington coast in recent weeks. Counts at Oregons Whale Watching Center at Depoe Bay have been between five and 10 per day, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, although many more pass the along the coast undetected. Park ranger Luke Parsons says the actual number of whales passing by on their way from Baja to feeding grounds in the Arctic is relatively typical for this time of year. What is unusual is how nice the weather...

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We talk to the authors of many books on The Exchange. 

But never have we talked to the authors of The New Testament.  And yes, of course, that streak continues. 

But David Bentley Hart has just published a new translation of the newer half of the Bible.  The New Testament: A Translation goes back to the original language, and publishes it quite literally, with the mistakes and contradictions left intact. 

A controversial Oregon tax break sought by the business community would mostly benefit taxpayers with incomes of more than $210,000 a year, according to state tax experts.

An analysis from the Legislative Revenue Office shows that more than 60 percent of the tax break would flow to the top 5 percent of taxpayers with business income. That covers fewer than 20,000 of the estimated 370,000 Oregon taxpayers reporting business profits.

Amanda Renteria, whose sudden entrance into California's governor's race last month surprised political observers, went on the attack Thursday against gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom, calling on him to step down as lieutenant governor because of a decade-old sex scandal.

Oregon Supreme Court Suspends Marion County Judge Vance Day Without Pay For 3 Years

Mar 15, 2018

The Oregon Supreme Court has suspended Marion County Judge Vance Day for three years without pay.

The ruling goes against the Judicial Fitness Commission's 2015 recommendation to remove Day from the bench completely, though Day's attorney says they're weighing an appeal.

"Respondent's misconduct — as we have found by clear and convincing evidence — did involve willful misrepresentation and other conduct that that certainly reflected adversely on his character to serve as judge."

The Pacific Northwest’s beloved orcas will not survive unless humans do more to ensure adequate food and cleaner, quieter waters. That was one of the messages at a crowded signing ceremony in Seattle convened by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Ocean conditions off the Pacific Northwest seem to be returning to normal after a three-year spike in water temperature.

It’s promising long-term news for fishermen who are looking ahead in the short term to yet another year of low salmon returns.

Karen, a San Diego immigration activist who declined to give her last name because she is a DACA recipient, speaks at a news conference calling for universal health care in California at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
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Karen, a San Diego immigration activist who declined to give her last name because she is a DACA recipient, speaks at a news conference calling for universal health care in California at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California isn’t moving to a single-payer health care system anytime soon. So a coalition of liberal advocacy groups is calling for policy actions this year to achieve statewide universal coverage under California’s current health care system.

L.S. Mills research photos by Jaco and Lindsey Barnard

The snowpack numbers tell us that streams may flow a little more slowly in the coming dry season.  But there are other things to consider when there's less snow (besides fewer days of skiing), like the effects on animals. 

An animal that has evolved to blend in with snow will stick out like a snowy thumb on a bare landscape. 

Scientists at the University of Montana looked into this, to see how rapidly evolution might progress in the face of climate change.  Hares in brown and white are the study animals; Scott Mills is the scientist. 

Tiia Monto, CC BY-SA 3.0,

In Western Oregon, it's the story in place after place: too many people for too few houses. 

Low vacancy rates drive up both housing costs and homelessness. 

Josh Lehner in the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis knows the numbers well. 

Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

After months of discussions — including seven hearings — a special bipartisan committee at the California Capitol tasked with revamping the health-care system released an update on Tuesday. The findings? Get ready to keep waiting.


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