President Trump To Tap Mulvaney Associate To Lead Consumer Bureau

President Trump plans to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House said on Saturday. The post is currently held by interim director Mick Mulvaney, who also leads the Office of Management and Budget, where Kraninger is an associate director. Kraninger is expected to continue Mulvaney's push to make the bureau more business friendly. According to the statement from White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters: "She will bring a fresh perspective and...

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JPR Live Session: The Bones of J.R. Jones (2018)

When Jonathon Robert Linaberry needs a break from New York city life, he goes upstate, near the Catskills, to renovate a little farmhouse he purchased a couple of years back. As he pours himself into his work, J.R. doesn’t think about texts, email, or even his music, which he performs solo under the moniker The Bones Of J.R. Jones . His only focus is the house.

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Microbrewers Keep Beer And Customers In-House

It's not a bar fight, exactly, but it is a beer fight. Or competition, let's say. Microbreweries are finding some difficulty in getting people to buy their beers in stores, so they're focusing attention on direct sales: people come into the taproom or brewery and buy beer there. Which limits the choices in stores and in bars that serve many different beer brands. Larry Chase of Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland also sits on the board of the Brewers Association in Oregon.

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Which Countries Guarantee That New Dads Get Paid Paternity Leave?

What do China, India, South Sudan and the United States have in common? They are among the 92 countries where there is no national policy that allow dads to take paid time off work to care for their newborns. According to a data analysis released on Thursday by UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency, almost two-thirds of the world's children under age 1 — nearly 90 million — live in countries where dads are not entitled by law to take paid paternity leave. In these countries, this policy is...

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Credibility Concerns Lead NIH To End Study Of Alcohol's Health Effects

A huge study on the possible health benefits of drinking alcohol will be completely shut down, because its credibility was compromised by frequent and early interactions between alcohol industry executives, scientists and government officials. That was the decision made by Francis Collins , the director of the National Institutes of Health. "Is it even possible at this point that the results of such a trial would have sufficient credibility to influence anybody's decision-making?" asked...

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Salem Extends Water Advisory, Despite Clean Tests

Jun 12, 2018

A drinking water advisory in Salem has been extended for another two weeks.

Oregon is nationally known for its strong support of abortion rights. It’s the only state in the country that has not adopted any additional state restrictions.

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As Oregon’s school year wraps up, lots of high schoolers have one thing they’re looking forward to: sleeping in. Many researchers can understand, contending their desire for sleep is partly the fault of their high school schedule, which can demand they get up earlier than their bodies should.

School districts in Oregon are increasingly looking at shifting start times later, but it’s not as simple as it sounds.

Federal prosecutors will not be allowed to use a key piece of evidence — a 3-D animated model — in the trial of the FBI agent accused of lying about his role in the shooting of LaVoy Finicum.

In the trial that begins next month, prosecutors will attempt to prove that FBI Special Agent Joseph Astarita fired two shots at Finicum two years ago and then lied in an attempt to cover up the gunshots.

Neither shot hit Finicum, but Astarita's role in the incident has become a rallying point for people who are critical of the government's role in the shooting.

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has no interest in following Ohio’s lead.

In the wake of news Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld Ohio officials’ policy of aggressively taking “inactive” voters from the state’s voter rolls, Richardson announced he’ll continue taking Oregon in the opposite direction. He’s even got a bill in mind.

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The term "leafy neighborhood" came into common use a couple of years ago.  It signifies what a lot of people want: some cool shady trees to blunt the harsh urban/suburban experience. 

Well, there's a problem there: research indicates that urban tree cover is diminishing, just as the planet is getting warmer. 

David J. Nowak studies this and other trends for the U.S. Forest Service. 

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Poetry Inspired By Vietnam

Jun 11, 2018

The mountains are fun to look at and the ocean's cool. 

But it's the people who really make our region what it is.  We meet some truly colorful characters through Stories of Southern Oregon, compiled for the Southern Oregon Digital Archive by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

Maureen returns with Paul Tipton, a Vietnam veteran who talks about writing poetry inspired by his experiences in that war. 

Oregon Reverses Course On Increasing Protections For An Imperiled Seabird

Jun 11, 2018
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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided not to elevate the endangered species status of the marbled murrelet after all.

Oregon’s legacy of racism - including the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as resistance against such groups - is the focus of an upcoming publication from the state historical society. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the organization is calling for articles.

Mexico and the European Union announced this week that they’re striking back against President Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum — with tariffs of their own. Mexico will impose around $3 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. exports like pork, apples, potatoes and cheese. And those tariffs are worrying agricultural businesses across the Northwest.

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