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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Governor Brown has activated around 100 members of the Oregon National Guard to help with firefighting efforts at the High Cascade Complex near Crater Lake.

Two Air National Guard reconnaissance planes were called in Wednesday by the National Interagency Fire Center to help detect and map wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. The twin engine, turboprop RC-26 aircraft will be temporarily based at Spokane's Fairchild Air Force Base and at Eugene's airport. In the near future, their assignment may be carried out by unmanned aircraft. 

Oregon Governor Signs Reproductive Care Bill

Aug 16, 2017

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed into law a bill to require health insurance policies to cover the cost of abortions.

Nike co-founder Phil Knight made his largest ever donation to an Oregon political race this week. The recipient is Republican candidate for governor Knute Buehler.

Driving onto the site of the Oregon Eclipse Festival in eastern Oregon’s Big Summit Prairie feels like driving onto the set for “Mad Max 5: Total Eclipse of the Art.” Tattooed, tanned workers zip around on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, clouds of dust chasing them across the high desert as they head from one construction zone to another.

While eclipse festivals big and small pop up across the state, this one stands out for its glitter-dusted audacity: It is perhaps the country’s biggest, most remote eclipse festival.

Judge Revokes Malheur Occupier's Pretrial Release

Aug 16, 2017

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown revoked former Malheur Refuge occupier Darryl Thorn's pretrial release Wednesday, after Thorn threatened on Aug. 6 to hang himself on Facebook Live. Prosecutors said Thorn also threatened to seek suicide by police officer.

"I don't think this record allows me to let you go out those doors until you've had a mental health evaluation," Brown said.

Calif. Lawmakers Ask Feds To Stop Alt-Right Rally In SF

Aug 16, 2017
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Three California lawmakers are asking the federal government to prevent an alt-right group from rallying in San Francisco later this month, after the violence in Charlottesville last week.

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Legal marijuana puts states in some strange positions. 

Under state law, adults can use marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes. 

Either way, it's still illegal under federal law. 

And people can abuse it, so the Oregon Health Authority still maintains a marijuana use prevention program.  OHA is also taking its youth program, Stay True to You, statewide after a pilot project.

The two major political parties have lost a bunch of ground in recent decades. 

The people who self-identify as "independent" far outnumber the people who identify as either Democrat or Republican.  But nearly all major political figures are party members. 

That is precisely the situation the Centrist Project wants to change.  The projects wants to get independent candidates elected at all levels of government, but especially the U.S. Senate... because electing a handful of independents would deny either party a majority. 

Drug Possession Is Now A Misdemeanor In Oregon

Aug 16, 2017
CHARLES KRUPA

A bill signed by Oregon's governor has reclassified personal-use possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs as a misdemeanor from a felony.

Among its supporters are the police and sheriffs' associations, which said felony convictions include unintended consequences, including barriers to housing and employment.

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