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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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for wildfire funding was front and center during a hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C.. Northwest leaders are not only questioning possible cuts, they’re also looking for different ways to get ahead during fire season.

For over thirty years, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, better known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers," entertained listeners nationwide with a unique combination of wit, charm, love and laughter. Along the way, they shared countless stories all things automotive, of life, and of loss.  This post is is of loss, as we say farewell to one of the all-time favorite shows in public radio. Car Talk ends its three-decade run on JPR at the end of the month. The show ends production later this year.

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June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day to think about the people who left their homes because they HAD to, seldom knowing where they would end up. 

The world has been hard on refugees from the Syrian civil war, but that's not an isolated example. 

Kristin Yarris at the University of Oregon has stories to share about the history of refugee treatment, as does Abby Gershenzon of the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County.

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22 California communities are semi-finalists in the effort to have parts of town identified as "cultural districts."

Redding is one of them.  A cultural district is an area with a high concentration of cultural resources, and Redding identified several chunks of town on both sides of the river as such a district. 

Reps from the California Arts Council visited town in early June, and a few steps remain before a decision is made. 

National Archives

So many flights, so many accomplishments for Amelia Earhart. 

And so little evidence to clearly indicate what happened to her when she disappeared, almost exactly 80 years ago. 

The Archaeological Legacy Institute based in Eugene wants to observe the 80th anniversary of Earhart's last flight next month by visiting the island where she may have crashed. 

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Birds and butterflies return with the warm weather.  What else?  Classic cars, for one. 

Owners of vintage vehicles are more likely to hit the road when the weather is pleasant and roads aren't likely to be layered with cinders or salt. 

This is the main weekend of the Medford Cruise, and the Siskiyou Region chapter of the Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association plans a Fathers Day event in Yreka, among its summer events. 

Hemmings Auto News covers all things cars, now and then. 

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Thirty-eight people contracted mumps in Oregon between January and April  this year, according to state health officials. That’s more than the combined total of cases in the five years prior.

The Oregon Supreme Court is deciding whether to discipline a Marion County Circuit Court — or even remove him from the bench.

Judge Vance Day made headlines in 2015 when his refusal to perform same-sex weddings surfaced.

In 2014, Day reported to the state’s Judicial Fitness Commission that he was present when a felon under his supervision held a gun, a violation of the law.

Oregon House Votes To End 'Lunch Shaming'

Jun 14, 2017

The Oregon House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that aims to prevent so-called “lunch shaming” in Oregon Schools.

Northwest cattle producers are cheering new trade standards that will once again allow beef exports to China.

The Chinese market has been closed to U.S. beef since 2003, after mad cow disease showed up in the states.

Jerome Rosa with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association said the ranchers in Oregon and Washington have an advantage in selling to China.

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