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Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some leftover bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. Just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

May 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton will need black voters if she wants to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year. But African American voters were a major reason she lost the early nominating state of South Carolina to Barack Obama by nearly 30 points in 2008.

She's trying to make up for it this time around.

The world's largest refugee camp is also a giant social experiment.

Take hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing a war. Shelter them for 24 years in a camp in Kenya run by the United Nations. And offer different opportunities than they might have had if they'd stayed in Somalia.

The Kenyan government wants the experiment to end — soon. It's pushing the refugees to return to their home in Somalia, though the camp called Dadaab is the only home many have known.

If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store's endearingly grouchy owner.

Golden State Beats Houston, Will Face Cleveland For NBA Title

May 27, 2015

The Golden State Warriors managed to dominate a stacked Western Conference all season long; with Wednesday night's 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets, they'll get a chance to finish the job in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors got a team-leading 26 points from star point guard Stephen Curry, who had struck his head in a fall in the previous game on Monday. Curry's shot wasn't as accurate as usual, but he made up for it with steals, rebounds and free throws. Harrison Barnes added 24 points for Golden State and Klay Thompson added 20.

Why Aren't The Aliens Here Already?

May 27, 2015

The story begins like this: In 1950, a group of high-powered physicists were lunching together near the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

As the sun rises over a remote rye field in northwestern Colorado, about 170 greater sage grouse dance in a distinctive mating display. Males make popping and whooshing sounds and fight to attract the female’s attention.

“All these males that you see out here, less than 10 percent will actually get to breed,” whispers Brian Rutledge, the director of the Audubon Society’s Wyoming office.

UO Beats Out Texas For Total Sports Revenue In 2014

May 27, 2015

Following an exciting season on the football field, the University of Oregon Ducks are seeing more green than usual.

USA Today's annual NCAA Finances report finds that UO ended the 2014 fiscal year with more than $196 million in total revenue, more than double the school's haul in 2013. Second place goes to University of Texas at Austin, which was No. 1 the previous year. The Longhorns raked in about $161 million in 2014.

Oregon Home Prices Increase 6.4 Percent

May 27, 2015

House prices rose 6.4 percent in Oregon in the past year, according to a federal index released Tuesday.

The quarterly report shows that Bend-Redmond and Medford had Oregon's sharpest increase in prices in the past year. In both of those metro areas, the median house price rose about 9 percent.

Home prices in the Portland-Vancouver metro area increased by 8.5 percent in the past 12 months.

Bend, Eugene Postal Plants Will Remain Open For Now

May 27, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that it will defer closing postal facilities in Eugene and Bend.

Bend and Springfield were among more than 50 mail processing facilities originally slated to close this summer. For now, letters sent from Bend will still be processed in Bend, instead of being sent to Portland.

Oregon Hospitals Roll Out Comparison Shopping Site For Patients

May 27, 2015

Hospitals around Oregon have gotten together to create a new website where patients can more effectively comparison shop.

The Affordable Care Act means enormous volumes of health care data are online now. But it’s difficult to find and complicated for consumers.

To simplify the process, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems has opened a new website.

You could say a lot about Oregon drivers, but a new study finds that being in a hurry isn't typically one of them.

A Danish radio station says a host who killed a 9-week-old rabbit during a live debate on animal welfare and later cooked and ate it wanted to "stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals." But not everyone is buying that argument amid demands for Asger Juhl, the host, to be fired for "shameless self-promotion."

With new businesses sprouting up left and right, there's a lot of talk these days about Detroit being on the comeback trail.

A great thing about the city is that it's easy to become a real estate mogul. But some entrepreneurs might have reason to pause.

A new study released Tuesday shows that Detroit's commercial property taxes are the highest of any city in the nation.

When Oscar Paz Suaznabar plays the piano, he does so with feeling.

The Alexandria, Va., resident has played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and on the NPR show From the Top. He is 9 years old.

Oscar started playing his older sister's keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The sorrow he conveys when he plays "The Lark" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka is drawn from the kind of loss any 9-year-old can understand.

Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

May 27, 2015

The Nebraska state Legislature voted Wednesday to repeal the death penalty in the state. The 30-19 vote overrides Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a law the Legislature passed last week getting rid of the policy.