Schumer, White House Respond To Shutdown By Pointing Fingers

Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET The federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown, and it appears it will be that way for some time. President Trump and members of Congress publicly say they want to reopen the federal government, but, in the first day of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue showed no signs of ending their stalemate. In a midafternoon press conference Saturday, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short reiterated the position...

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JPR Live Session: Julien Baker

Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle , was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.

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Out In The Cold: Short Of Housing In Josephine County

"IT'S THE CLIMATE," reads the sign in downtown Grants Pass. But the climate includes winter, so trying to get through the days and nights without shelter is a true hardship. We continue "Out in the Cold" with a look at services available in Josephine County. UCAN (United Community Action Network) is the agency that works toward homelessness and housing solutions in Josephine and Douglas Counties. One major program available in Douglas County is not on the list in Josephine: housing provided by the agency. And Josephine County's ultra-tight housing market is a major issue.

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Facebook Moves To Decide What Is Real News

Facebook is rolling out a major change to its News Feed: pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. The move signals that, in an effort to combat the problem of fake news, the social media giant is willing to play a kind of editorial role — making decisions based on substance, not just how viral a headline may be. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post to his Facebook page: "There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the...

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U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

The Trump administration must decide by next week whether to impose tariffs on the imports of solar panel components. Some U.S. manufacturers have complained that cheap imports are forcing them out of business, while domestic installers oppose tariffs because cheap, imported solar panels have driven the industry's recent growth. If President Trump decides to move forward with tariffs, the decision would represent a critical step in his trade agenda and help fulfill his campaign promise to...

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Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.

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The discovery of an "overwhelming presence" of radon gas has forced more than 100 workers at the Hanford Site to move their offices Thursday. This follows a series of radioactive contamination issues at that same demolition project on the southeast Washington nuclear site.

A coastal flood warning is in effect along the entire Pacific coast for Oregon and Washington.

The National Weather Service said Thursday very large waves are pounding the coast, some reaching heights up to 35 feet.

Weather officials are warning people to stay off coastal beaches, especially in low-lying areas that are vulnerable to flooding.

Senate Democrats are questioning the Trump Administration’s authority to allow states to run Medicaid programs that penalize users.

The Trump Administration released guidance last week, saying states could require Medicaid recipients to work. It said states could do other things like put lifetime caps on Medicaid benefits and impose mandatory drug testing.

There was a time when saying you lived in Portland, Ore., would get a response like, "That's above California, right?" Now, people not only know where the city is but also inevitably ask, "Is it just like the show?"

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Crater Lake may be Oregon's crown jewel, but the state's only national park needs some love.  Like many national parks, Crater Lake has not received enough money to keep up with maintenance. 

And a combination of harsh winters and heavy use keeps up the pressure on park facilities. 

A campaign to fix up the park is gathering around the National Park Service Legacy Act, introduced in both U.S. House and Senate.  It would take some mineral royalty money from digging and drilling on federal land and divert it to the parks.  

The plan has major boosters in Medford.  Bill Thorndike is president of the Crater Lake National Park Trust and Brad Hicks is the president of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. 

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Just four weeks after the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection released its draft environmental impact report on the Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP), the largest fire in the state's history broke out. 

The Thomas fire destroyed or damaged more than a thousand homes north of Los Angeles. 

The VTP is designed to treat the landscape in a variety of ways to prevent future fires from getting so huge.  The comment period on the environmental impact report just closed. 

Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife says at least two wolves are roaming an area in southern Wasco County.

Oregon and Washington officials have identified hundreds of bridges that still need to be replaced or retrofitted to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake from the offshore Cascadia fault zone.

But the pace of highway reinforcements is picking up.

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