On Visit To Chile, Pope Asks For Forgiveness Over Sex-Abuse Scandal

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET Pope Francis, arriving in Chile to begin a three-day visit, opened his trip by asking for forgiveness over a local priest-abuse scandal that has left the country reeling — and prompted a less-than-warm reception for the Argentine-born pontiff. The pope, specifically, is the target of ire because he appointed a bishop who many Chileans accuse of covering up sexual abuse by a now-disgraced priest. Francis directly addressed the controversy in a speech to Chilean...

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JPR Live Session: Esmé Patterson

Originally from Colorado and initially part of the folk band Paper Bird with her sister Genevieve, Esmé Patterson has increasingly let loose her inner rocker on each new solo album — particularly on her third record, released in June of 2016, titled We Were Wild .

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Compass Radio: To Guide Away From Suicide

Mental illness is not good for anyone. It can endanger the life of the ill person, often by their own decision. Suicide is a constant challenge for mental health professionals and the people they serve. At Compass House in Medford, several club members have stories to tell about considering or attempting suicide. We meet one of them, Mary C., in this month's edition of Compass Radio.

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Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions

It's just before Thanksgiving, and artist Christopher Marley is packing up items for a big exhibition outside Miami . Marley transforms poisonous snakes, tropical fish and exotic insects into works of art — and he just realized he forgot to frame a foot-long isopod that's still in the freezer. He says the creature is "like a giant pill bug or potato bug or roly-poly" — but those are all understatements. It actually looks right out of Starship Troopers , or some other movie starring monster...

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Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother's farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after emigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the spiky, fibrous vegetables were too expensive on this side of the border. When she prepared meals at her family's home in Garden Grove, Calif., Gonzalez would also omit avocados, a staple of Mexican cuisine that are often costly here. "I saw the prices and I said, 'No, never mind,' " says...

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Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s misuse of wildfire preparedness funds after news reports revealed Zinke used the funds for unrelated travel.

Researchers had long suspected salmon have lost huge amounts genetic diversity over the years. But they’d never tested the hypothesis.

Now, technology has finally caught up with scientists' questions.

Researchers were able to compare ancient salmon DNA to modern salmon. They collected a wide range of ancient bones to study the fish's DNA. One sample about 7,000 years old -- that's  3,000 years older than the first pyramid. The most recent was about 150 years old.

There's plenty to think about when you're homeless.  Where you'll find shelter and food, how you'll stay healthy... and many more basic concerns about life itself. 

And then there's the fact that many people avoid, distrust, fear, and even hate homeless people. 

Our series of interviews on homelessness, "Out in the Cold," explores issues and offered solutions for homeless people in the region. 

Our attention turns to Shasta County, with Larry Olmstead from United Way of Northern California and Jonathan Anderson of the Good News Rescue Mission

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Trump and The Book.  Those four words make an impactful statement at the moment, as the White House deals with the revelations in Michael Wolfe's book "Fire and Fury."  

That's one of several major stories simmering on the media stove at the moment. 

Others: Oprah at the Golden Globes, net neutrality gets a vote in Congress, and more. 

There's always something new to digest and discuss in Signals & Noise, our monthly conclave with members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

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Chris Bratt is all about the trees.  He has plenty of experience using wood products from his days as a carpenter and contractor. 

And he's perfectly happy to leave the trees alone to grow, in his role as an environmental activist and forest protector. 

Chris Bratt's story is the latest to be archived in the Stories of Southern Oregon collection at the Southern Oregon Digital Archives at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library. 

Chris visits the studio to talk about his rich and varied life in the Applegate Valley. 

In His Final California Budget, Gov. Brown Boosts Education, Rainy Day Funds

Jan 10, 2018
California Gov. Jerry Brown presents his final California budget Jan. 10, 2018.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown presents his final California budget Jan. 10, 2018.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown released his final proposed state budget Wednesday. Here's a look at some of the major points and at the budget summary itself:

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2018 is a milestone, and not a happy one, in remembering the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was 50 years ago that an assassin's bullet killed the civil rights leader in Memphis. 

But Monday January 15th is not for mourning, it is for celebrating the birthday and life of Dr. King. 

Ashland hosts one of the larger celebrations, often playing to overflow crowds. 

Cassie Fetty is the director and curator of the event, one of several planned for the region. 

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown on Tuesday ordered Malheur occupation leader Ryan Payne back into custody in Oregon. A day earlier, Payne and members of the Bundy family were handed a stunning legal victory in Las Vegas in a separate case.

Payne must report to the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Portland by noon Thursday, Brown ruled from the bench.

"We need to return him to the position he was in when he went to Nevada," Brown said during a court hearing Tuesday.

Oregon Measure 101: How Did We Get Here?

Jan 10, 2018

Measure 101 has its roots back in the era of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, the emergency room doctor who wanted to remake the way Oregon handles health care.

Kitzhaber's main legacy, beyond the scandal that ended his tenure as governor, is the expansion of health insurance for poor Oregonians in the form of the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid.

The Portland City Council wants Oregon's U.S. attorney to stand up to his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On Monday, the council sent a letter to Billy Williams, asking him to protect Oregon's growing legal cannabis market — and by extension states' rights.

Sessions took action last week to rescind the Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era policy that gave states leeway to create legal cannabis markets.

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