Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill: 'Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land'

Updated at 5 p.m. ET House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law." Ryan may have...

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Beer Brewers Test A Taboo, Recyling Water After It Was Used In Homes

There are beers that can make headlines simply by existing, especially if they use unique ingredients. That's the case with Stone Brewing's Full Circle Pale Ale, whose key component — water — came from an advanced filtration system that recycles and purifies San Diego wastewater that had previously been used in taps, toilets and showers. The beer is like many other modern pale ales, Stone says, with a rich caramel body underpinning the hops' floral, fruity notes. It was brewed to be ...

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A Midwife At The End Of Life

You're familiar with the role of a midwife: assist mothers-to-be with bringing their children into the world. But the ancient role of midwife has been given a twist: now you can be a DEATH midwife, helping people OUT of the world. Kate Riley is certified as a death midwife, dedicated to making dying people and their loved ones comfortable with the process of dying. She is the author of a book about her mother's death, Launching Vee's Chariot: An End-of-Life Tale .

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California's Unemployment Rate Fell In February

Too Much Experience To Be Hired? Some Older Americans Face Age Bias

Most baby boomers say that they plan to keep working past conventional retirement age. But to do that, they have to get hired first. New research shows that can be harder when you're older. The study was conducted by David Neumark, who is a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, and two other economists. They sent out 40,000 resumes for thousands of real jobs. The resumes for any given job were identical except for age. "The call-back rate — the rate by which...

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March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys To Take One For The Team

Doctors say it all started eight years ago, when a urology clinic in Oregon ran an ad promoting the benefits of scheduling a vasectomy in March. "You go in for a little snip, snip and come out with doctor's orders to sit back and watch nonstop basketball," the voice-over promises. "If you miss out on this, you'll end up recovering during a weekend marathon of Desperate Housewives !" Copycat ads followed. Now a sports radio show in Washington, D.C., has an annual Vasectomy Madness contest,...

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On the third floor of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, or PICA, a group of men and women are huddled around a table, buried in their laptops.

They’re part of a massive editing session to create more diverse voices and content on Wikipedia, with a focus on women artists.

A study by the Wikipedia Foundation found fewer than 10 percent of site editors on the open-source website were female.

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Making Tobacco Illegal Until Age 21

Mar 20, 2017

The campaign to increase the age for buying and using tobacco to 21 is moving around the nation.

California and Hawaii already have statewide laws and Oregon politicians are scheduled to consider the legislation this week.

Sharon Meieran is both an emergency room doctor and a commissioner with Multnomah County. She’s waiting for state legislators to act, and if they don’t, she says she’ll move forward with the idea locally.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Oregonians to once again vote for the state’s top education official.

Some Republicans Have Problems With The 'American Health Care Act'

Mar 17, 2017

Some Republican lawmakers in Oregon are joining Democrats in their displeasure at the replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Oregon’s top Republican, Greg Walden, is shepherding the new American Health Care Act through Congress. He’s called it the first step in helping families obtain what he calls “truly affordable health care. But if passed, the Oregon Health Authority says hundreds of thousands of Oregonians would lose coverage.

The state of the salmon population in Idaho’s Snake River was the topic of a passionate discussion during a conference hosted by members of Idaho’s Nez Perce Indian tribe over the weekend.

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Cass Ingram is a believer in marijuana as a healing agent. 

But there's room in his heart and in his osteopathic practice for other herbs, as well. 

Dr. Ingram wrote a book called "The Cannabis Cure," but recognizes its legal limitations.  So he also suggests the use of various herbs as remedies for various afflictions, things from hops to cinnamon. 

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Sunshine Week leads us straight into spring, but it's really not about the sun shining in the sky. 

Sunshine Week celebrates openness in government--the metaphorical sun shining into the workings of the people's business. 

Every year, the celebrations are tempered by news of public records withheld or meetings held out of view of the media. 

Open Oregon and other groups monitor the state of government transparency in the state. 

Oregon farmers and veterinarians are speaking out against a bill in Salem that would make it illegal to give antibiotics to healthy farm animals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration put new rules in place this year to reduce the amount of antibiotics being used by farmers.

Speaking at a public hearing, Charlie Fisher with the Oregon consumer group OSPIRG said stronger protections are needed.

The wet and cold winter may have been a doozy for urban Oregonians, but for farmers all that snow was good news.

"For agricultural users that means that we are expecting a full supply of irrigation water since most of our reservoirs are going to be filling or are nearly full by the end of the runoff season," said Mary Mellema, a hydrologist with the Bureau of Reclamation.

In Malheur County, for example, the Owyhee Reservoir is expected to be full for the first time in five years. The hearty snowpack also means that all regions of Oregon are now considered out of drought.

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