FEMA Wants Puerto Rico To Start Paying For Part Of Its Recovery

Eleven months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has said that the island's emergency is over. And because of that, the agency has begun scaling back its financial assistance to the island. On Wednesday, FEMA denied a request from the island's governor for the federal agency to continue covering 100 percent of the cost of emergency work – including power restoration , debris cleanup and other recovery efforts. Instead, FEMA has said that...

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JPR Live Session: Heather Maloney

Massachusetts writer and song-singer Heather Maloney celebrates the release her 2018 EP, Just Enough Sun . The six songs (five new originals and a cover of Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall") were recorded as mostly single-take, live performances in a room where instruments bled into vocal mics and vocals into instruments.

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Medford Considers Hiring Homeless People To Clean Streets

Medford is one of many cities dealing with rising numbers of people living on the streets. And along with them come rising complaints about trash and a general decline in cleanliness downtown.

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Politics Of Wildfires: Biggest Battle Is In California's Capital

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out. While the biggest political battle in Sacramento is focused on utility liability laws , lawmakers are also rushing to change state laws around forest management and emergency alerts before the legislative sessions ends this month. A special...

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FDA Approves New Generic Version Of The EpiPen For Allergic Reactions

Editor's note: Story updated with additional information about generic pricing on August 17. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first identical alternative to the EpiPen, which is widely used to save children and adults suffering from dangerous allergic reactions. The FDA Thursday authorized Teva Pharmaceuticals USA to sell generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr for adults and children who weigh more than 33 pounds. The devices enable people to automatically inject the...

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Today at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session Grammy-nominated English folk singer/songwriter Olivia Chaney on Open Air.

Chris Hopkins moved to Pine Forest for the trees. He was drawn to the hilly, forested community in Washington’s Methow Valley, and decided to build a cabin there in the 1990s, "before we really knew about fire danger," he said.

It’s been 40 years since the landmark comedy film “Animal House” was released. This weekend, commemorative events are happening in Eugene and Cottage Grove, where many scenes were shot. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election campaign is the largest donor to a group called Defend Oregon’s Values, which is running TV ads attacking Republican challenger Knute Buehler.

Oregon’s recovery community is holding a summit in Portland Thursday to discuss opioid addiction in the state. One idea surfacing is helping inmates use their jail time to kick their habit.

Jail time for opioid addicts tends to be short: three days to a couple of weeks.

Jordan Hansen with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation said that means people often start going through withdrawal while they are in jail.

The man accused of murdering two men on board a TriMet MAX light rail train in May 2017 has been charged with assaulting an African-American inmate in a Multnomah County jail.

Jeremy Joseph Christian has been charged with fourth-degree assault.

On July 29, Christian allegedly assaulted Aundre Dupree Mills, 26, according to court records. Jail records list Mills' race as black.

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The tourism business is taking a pounding in the region this year.  Even the people who love living here don't want to stick around when the wildfire smoke gets too thick. 

Outdoor events have been cancelled, and visitors have voluntarily cancelled many more. 

So how do you convince visitors to follow through on planned visits?  That's an question the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has been mulling, along with the people at Travel Southern Oregon

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Bee appreciation continues its upswing in the United States.  Just take a look in your neighborhood, and see if any of your neighbors have planted pollinator gardens. 

Honeybees and their output are celebrated at the Oregon Honey and Mead Festival, coming this weekend to Ashland. 

Sharon Schmidt is a beekeeper and the festival founder.  She visits the studio, while we get Amina Harris on the phone. 

Dr. Harris is the director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California-Davis. 

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When you're based in The Beaver State, once in a while you'll get around to talking about beavers.  And we do, with Ben Goldfarb. 

He wrote a book called Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

That last phrase is the key; beavers were instrumental in creating the landscape that early white visitors found when they arrived in the region. 

And those visitors promptly set about trapping the beavers, thus changing the landscape.  Can it look like that again? 

Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management is collaborating with other state agencies to further raise fire prevention awareness.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports the goal is to reduce human-caused fires.

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