Brexit Gets Real: Prime Minister May Has Triggered U.K.'s Exit From EU

Updated 5:15 p.m. ET "The Article 50 process is now underway, and in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union," British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday, informing the House of Commons that she has begun the formal process of unraveling the U.K.'s membership in the European bloc. May spoke after signing a letter to the EU that affirms the Brexit that voters embraced last June. She said that letter has now been delivered to the...

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As Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules, Putting Your Options In Perspective

President Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers. Passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October, the rules never went into effect. If they had, it would have given consumers more control over how ISPs use the data they collect. Most notably, the rules would have required explicit consent from consumers if sensitive data — like financial or health information, or browsing history — were to be shared or...

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How Oregon PERS Got Into Such A Deep Hole

One of the major issues with balancing the state budget in Oregon is the amount of money needed to make sure retired public workers get the pensions they were promised. PERS, the Public Employee Retiree System, needs more money to match what retirees expect with what has been saved for them. Tim Nesbitt knows PERS from both labor and management sides. He worked for a couple of Oregon governors and once led the AFL-CIO in the state.

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HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

You'd think that a vaccine that protects people against more than a half dozen types of cancer would have patients lining up to get it. But the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent roughly 90 percent of all cervical cancers as well as other cancers and sexually transmitted infections caused by the virus, has faced an uphill climb since its introduction more than a decade ago. Now, with a dosing schedule that requires fewer shots of a more effective vaccine, a leading oncology...

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First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

Quick quiz: What do Judy Garland's rendition of "Over the Rainbow," N.W.A's seminal Straight Outta Compton and the inaugural episode of NPR's All Things Considered have in common? That little riddle just got a little easier to answer on Wednesday: The Library of Congress announced that all three "aural treasures" — along with roughly two dozen other recordings — have been inducted into its National Recording Registry. "These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation's cultural...

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Spanish version (versión en español): Fábrica En Astoria Es Multada Por Violaciones Laborales

A recent investigation by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry revealed thousands of labor violations committed at a seafood processing facility in Astoria.

More Charter Schools Expected in Oregon

Mar 21, 2017

President Donald Trump has vowed to increase school  choice around the country and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is a champion of charter schools.  Oregon already has 120 charter schools with more than 30-thousand kids.  We will likely be seeing more.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality expects to lose more than 30 people in the agency’s core programs protecting air and water quality because of President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget, according to an internal DEQ memo.

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Just because people want to live in the country does not mean you know anything about caring for the land. 

Which is why the Oregon State University Extension Service offers programs in land stewardship.  Those include an annual offering called Tree School Rogue, coming to Rogue Community College in April. 

Max Bennett is one of the instructors, helping forest landowners know more about the care and feeding of the forest. 

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Douglas County is one of the more broke counties in Western Oregon. 

It is one of many counties that used to get most of its income from federal timber sales.  But the sales crashed in the age of the spotted owl, and the money crashed as well. 

Voters rejected a tax levy to fund a library district, so the county plans to shut its libraries April 1st. 

There is a determined pro-library faction working to get the libraries open again, led by Save Our Libraries. 

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The name Klebold should ring a bell, but not a happy one. 

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were the two Columbine High School students who shot and killed 13 people at the school in 1999; they wounded 24 others before killing themselves. 

The crime itself is incomprehensible to most of us, perhaps more so for Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother.  She wrote a book about her journey before and after Columbine, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

The book is now out in paperback, with all profits going to research and charities working on mental illness. 

How do you dispose of an old totem pole? Fortunately, this is not a problem we regularly face. But a tall totem gifted by Seattle to its sister city in Japan renewed this question.

The Oregon State Bar is investigating whether Oregon’s former U.S. Attorney, Amanda Marshall, violated ethics rules during an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.

Last month, the bar sent a series of questions to Marshall referencing a report by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.

Documents obtained by OPB show Marshall’s attorney, Allison Rhodes, responded in writing on March 17, denying Marshall intended to impede a federal investigation into her conduct.

State-issued identification doesn't meet federal security requirements, and Oregon lawmakers are floating an idea that would have Oregonians individually pay to fix the issue.

Beginning in 2018, states must comply with the REAL ID Act.

The federal law requires states to beef up the security of their identity documents in order to access federal facilities and pass through airport security.

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