Republicans Reject Kavanaugh Accuser's Request To Delay Hearing For FBI Investigation

Updated at 11 p.m. ET The Senate Judiciary Committee will move forward with a hearing scheduled for Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a request for further investigation from his accuser. The decision follows the release of a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Commitee Chairman Chuck Grassley from attorneys representing Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago when...

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JPR Live Session: River Whyless

River Whyless is a band much like that titular body of water - a mingling of currents, a flow of time and physical space, all brought together in a murmuring sense of purpose. It is the expression of a group of musicians, three of which are songwriters, who have played together in various forms since their college days in the North Carolina mountains.

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The Appeal Of College "Promise" Programs

College is necessary, college is expensive. Both of those things are true for many young people today. And making college more accessible is the driving force behind "promise" programs, which offer incentives--like free or reduced tuition--to students who meet certain benchmarks. Ben Cannon administers the Oregon Promise program at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

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New Tech Makes Scientific Data Cheaper And Easier To Secure

To understand what climate change is doing to the Pacific Ocean scientists need data. Lots of it. Traditionally, data has been expensive to secure because it involves large equipment and ocean voyages. But the miniaturization of technology and some clever new machines mean scientists are now getting lots of data sometimes delivered via phone to the comfort of an office chair. A good example can be found on the deck of the Forerunner, a small Clatsop Community College research vessel that...

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Tougher Laws On Pipeline Protests Face Test In Louisiana

After a high-profile campaign to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016, a number of states moved to make it harder to protest oil and gas projects. Now in Louisiana, the first felony arrests of protesters could be a test case of these tougher laws as opponents vow a legal challenge. The controversy here is over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, the last leg of the Dakota Access. If completed, it will bring crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, through Louisiana, where it will be...

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Have you met durian?  You'd probably remember if you did. 

Durian is not a person, but a fruit.  In fact, the King of Fruits, says Lindsay Gasik.  She's a Rogue Valley native now living and working in Thailand and Malaysia, giving tours of the places where durian grow. 

And she blogs about this spiky-looking but tasty fruit, too. 

California Gov. Jerry Brown announces California will launch its own satellite at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown announces California will launch its own satellite at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

Global Climate Action Summit YouTube

California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up his international climate change summit in San Francisco on Friday with an announcement that’s out of this world: a new satellite to track and reduce climate pollutants.

It’s common for kids to do headstands and blow bubbles. But whales? Marine researchers are seeing these creatures in a different light thanks to unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

UPDATE (Thursday, 5:59 p.m. PT) – A grand jury has decided not to criminally charge two Portland State University campus police officers implicated in the first officer-involved shooting at the university.

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the grand jury's decision Thursday.

The search will begin Thursday morning for the cougar that killed a hiker near Mount Hood. It is the first confirmed fatal attack by a wild mountain lion in the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to use mules and dogs to search for the mountain lion.

But the terrain is rugged, and the search will be slow, said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Brian Wolfer.

UPDATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 9:30 a.m. -- Cooler, moister weather conditions are giving fire crews the change to make strong progress in containing the Delta fire. It's grown slightly to just over 60,000 acres and is 28 percent contained.

I-5 remains open and traffic is flowing while repairs are being made to guardrails and other infrastructure damaged by the fire.

NOTE: Since this fire seems to be in hand, we will make further updates to this report only if new developments warrant. To follow the daily updates issued by managers on the Delta fire, follow this link.

Wildlife advocates are pushing federal officials to stop using spring-loaded cyanide devices to poison predators in Oregon. They filed a petition Thursday asking for an official rulemaking to ban the practice and remove the devices currently out on the land.

The petitioners call the M-44 devices “cyanide bombs” because when triggered, they shoot a burst of deadly cyanide powder in the air. Federal animal control agency Wildlife Services states it uses M-44s to kill problem coyotes, foxes and feral dogs.

Redwoods in California are faring well despite warming temperatures. As part of the Global Climate Action Summit attendees visited a grove of redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains.

By Ezra David Romero

It’s not all doom and gloom at California Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit this week in San Francisco. Redwoods are dealing with warming temperatures in a positive way.

California Has One Of The Nation's Highest Poverty Rates, Again

Sep 13, 2018
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As housing prices continue to climb in California, experts say measures to bring down those costs, and the continuation of assistance programs such as Medicaid and food assistance, will be crucial for families on the threshold of poverty.

California is convening an international summit this week to push for global action on climate change. As the Trump administration has rolled back federal climate policies, California has partnered directly with other nations and cities.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown set the stage by signing a new state goal for 100 percent clean energy by 2045.


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