White House: VA Nominee 'Deserves A Fair Hearing' As Senators Weigh Allegations

Updated at 1:44 p.m. ET The White House is defending President Trump's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as questions swirl around the nominee, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. "Dr. Jackson deserves a fair hearing, and we are not going to write him off in any way before his hearing, and quite frankly neither should members of Congress," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Rachel Martin on NPR's Morning Edition Wednesday. Gidley said the FBI background...

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JPR Live Session: Moon Hooch

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch . In just a few short years, the group — Michael Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler — has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country.

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California Abortion Information Law Proponent Awaits SCOTUS

California's legislature took nearly the opposite approach of the states placing new restrictions on abortion facilities. Instead, legislators passed the California FACT act (the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act), which requires counseling centers where abortion is opposed to inform clients that abortions are available for free elsewhere. As winter ended, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the act. Chief question: is it free speech or forced speech? In the view of NARAL Pro-Choice California , it's more like a truth-in-advertising law. State Director Amy Everitt worked to pass the California FACT act; she visits with perspective on the law and its court challenges.

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Meet Naia Izumi, The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk8HEO_60ms After months of searching, the fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been announced! Naia Izumi is a 34-year-old musician from Columbus, Ga. who now lives in Los Angeles and busks on that city's streets. With a plethora of self-released music on Bandcamp and a skilled, soulful Tiny Desk Contest submission, he impressed our Contest judges enough to stand out from nearly 5,000 entries. Izumi's submission for the contest, "Soft Spoken," showcases...

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Crop-Destroying Birds Better Prey These Falcons Don't See Them

It's feeding time at Brad Felger's farm in Washington's Skagit Valley. And he's about to feed 40 hungry falcons. Yes, falcons. They're an important, albeit often unseen, part of farming in some states, used as a defense mechanism to keep away pesky birds like starlings, which love to eat berries and apples. Since age 12, Felger has had a self-described love for everything with feathers, scales or tails. "Falconers are, what's the word I'm looking for ... eccentric," Felger says. Now he runs...

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The warnings about heart disease went onto cigarette packages decades ago.  Smoking can lead to heart disease; it's a clear link. 

And the last several summers have offered a few cigarettes' worth of smoke from wildfires to most people living in our region.  With predictable results: a spike in heart- and stroke-related visits to hospital emergency rooms. 

Researchers at the federal EPA and the University of California-San Francisco pulled in the data for a recent study. 

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Trying to keep wolves away from livestock is a constant challenge.  And news reports tend to focus on permits issued to shoot wolves. 

But there are many more approaches considered for keeping wolves away from cattle and sheep... including breeding big dogs.  Some breeds--we're talking big, wolf-sized dogs--have protected herds for centuries. 

So the National Wildlife Research Center in the Department of Agriculture spent several years studying the effectiveness of several large dog breeds in keeping wolves at bay. 

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Having plants and animals go extinct around us is not just sad, it creates issues for the remaining creatures on the planet. 

Chemistry professor Paul Torrence studies the ways in which we derive the materials for many effective medicines from nature.  And when the plants go extinct, the materials disappear. 

Torrence reports on the trend in his book Molecules of Nature: Biodiversity, the Sixth Mass Extinction, and the Future of Medicine.  He visits Southern Oregon University for a lecture on Thursday (April 19th). 

More than 30 popular hiking trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed because of hazards left in the wake of last year's Eagle Creek wildfire. That has park rangers wrangling crowds on the unburned Washington side of the Gorge.

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The US Forest Service is proposing to log trees killed or damaged in last year’s Chetco Bar fire.

The Waldo-Bogle family were early African-American residents of Oregon.
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Underground History is one of The Jefferson Exchange's most popular segments.

But why just listen on the radio? We're bringing Underground History above ground with Underground History Live!

Join Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley and Chelsea Rose from SOU's Anthropology Lab at The Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant on the plaza in Ashland for our next Underground History Live. It happens Monday, April 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

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The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is by no means loved by Native American tribes.  An old joke says BIA stands for "Boss Indians Around." 

But a growing volume of evidence indicates that sexual harassment happens often within BIA and BIE, the Bureau of Indian Education. 

High Country News has been investigating both the trend and individual incidents. 

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Taking a shower is a normal and uncomplicated event for most people.  It can be a rare event indeed for people living on the streets. 

Last year homeless people in Redding got a chance to take showers in a shower trailer set up by Clean Break Partnership and the Shasta Humanity Project.  But it was only a pilot program that did not return this year. 

And the city council in Redding just nixed a change in zoning that would have made operation of the shower trailer easier in more places. 

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Human contributions to global warming get a thorough examination in William T. Vollman's two-book series "Carbon Ideologies." 

Volume 1, out now, is called No Immediate Danger, and its primary focus is nuclear energy.  Which adds almost nothing in the way of greenhouse gases, but has its own considerable set of concerns. 

The author traveled far and wide and even put himself in some danger to research the books. 

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