Senators: Kushner Didn't Disclose Emails On WikiLeaks, 'Russian Overture'

Senior White House adviser and son-in-law to the president Jared Kushner failed to hand over to Senate investigators emails concerning contacts with WikiLeaks and a "Russian backdoor overture," according to a letter sent by two senior lawmakers. The letter, released Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and its ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, says Kushner failed to turn over "September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning...

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JPR Live Session: Shawn Mullins

Shawn Mullins readily admits that several of the songs on his newest album, My Stupid Heart , address his perceived relationship failures. In fact, many were written as he was falling out of his third marriage; in the title tune, he actually chides himself for being such a romantic. But it's also a bit of a joke, he says, because he firmly believes in following his heart — no matter where it leads.

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A Pre-history Of Oregon's Black Exclusion Laws

The story of "exclusion laws" is well-known in Oregon. The state skirted the slave-vs-free question at its birth by just banning all black people from living within its borders. But what about people who lived here BEFORE it was a state? There are examples, including the shipwrecked black sailor James D. Saules, who arrived before many white settlers. His story is told in the book Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon .

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The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

Astronomers in California are building the largest digital camera in the world. It will go on a giant telescope taking shape in Chile called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. LSST is different from most large telescopes. Instead of staring at a tiny patch of the sky and taking essentially one snapshot in time, LSST will take a panorama of every part of the sky...and it will do so over and over and over. The idea is to see what's moving or changing in the heavens. "That could be everything...

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Seattle Defends Its New High-Earner Income Tax In Court

Documentary filmmaker Christopher Rufo doesn't make enough money to have to pay Seattle's new high-earners tax, but he still wants to keep Seattle income-tax-free. So much so, he joined around 30 plaintiffs suing the city. On Friday, a trial court judge is scheduled to hear legal challenges to the city's new income tax on the wealthy, approved this summer by the Seattle City Council to raise revenue for services in a state that does not have an income tax. Under the new law, the city taxes...

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The House GOP’s tax plan would negatively affect Oregon more than any other state, according to both a financial media group and a Portland-based think tank. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Creswell Says No Again To Pot Shops

Nov 8, 2017

Sales of marijuana in the small Lane County city of Creswell remain banned.

This Thanksgiving, JPR is serving up a few helpings of special programming for you. Here's what we've got planned...

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Americans love Wal-Mart.  Enough to spend most of their retail dollars there, anyway.  But Wal-Mart has many detractors, including people who blame the big store for killing off the mom-and-pop stores in many downtowns. 

Even Wal-Mart can't make a go of truly small towns, and that's where the dollar stores are taking hold, with nearly 2,000 expected to be built in the United States this year. 

Retail business observer Garrick Brown keeps an eye on trends in the retail world. 

Your local radio station, this one included, doesn't necessarily have to be local anymore. 

The FCC required local stations to keep studios in the cities to which they were licensed.  But that rule will be allowed to drop, so the friendly voice in Klamath Falls may actually be in Chicago. 

That's just one topic in the media of late.  There are always PLENTY of others, as explored by our partners on the communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

Our montly perusal of media topics is called "Signals & Noise." 

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Maybe you were visiting a big city and thought you'd go to a park.  But when you got there, you discovered the "park" was really an open area covered by concrete, with little in the way of natural amenities. 

Benjamin Vogt is an outspoken critic of the "nature deficit" he sees in urban areas. 

And he urges people to grow native plants around them, a point he pounds home in A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future

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As the Oregon Health Authority is working to explain how it miss-spent 74 million dollars in federal Medicaid funds, Oregon’s secretary of state says more evidence of money troubles will be released soon. 

Republican Dennis Richardson told JPR News that an audit report on the health authority will be released by his office in about two weeks. 

Calif. Studies Options For A Legal Pot Industry Still Excluded From Most Banks

Nov 8, 2017
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With California’s multi-billion dollar recreational cannabis industry coming online next year, state officials are thinking about piles of money.

report out Tuesday looks at where growers and sellers should park their cash, since most banks won’t touch it.

Because having and selling pot is still a federal crime, unbanked businesses spend a lot of time handling stacks of cash and hoping they don’t get robbed.

Democrats had the early advantage in the race for control of the Washington state Senate as Democrat Manka Dhingra led Republican Jinyoung Englund by 10 points in a special election on the eastside of Lake Washington.

Don Orange will be the next Port of Vancouver commissioner. Initial results Tuesday night show Orange won 64.58 percent, beating candidate Kris Greene.

Orange's victory is likely a death knell for a massive oil terminal that's been proposed at the port for years. 

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