Kavanaugh Denies Fresh Harassment Allegations From College Classmate

Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET Days before the Senate is set to hear from a woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her while in high school, Kavanaugh is denying fresh accusations from a college classmate who also alleges he acted inappropriately toward her. In a story published Sunday evening by The New Yorker , Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party while both were first-year students at Yale University. "It was...

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JPR Live Session: Charley Crockett

Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender, was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans French Quarter, playing in New York City subway cars and performing across Texas, California, and everywhere in between, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for a year before wandering in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.

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Documentary Spotlights Grants Pass Firefighters

Wildfires plague our region every summer, threatening thousands of lives and livelihoods. So when director Alex Jablonski set out to make a documentary about the lives of firefighters out in the field, he looked to Grants Pass, Oregon.

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For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships

Wildfire represents both risk and reward for some small communities in the Northwest. Walking the line between a “good fire” and a “bad fire” can be tricky. For the Methow Valley in north-central Washington, wildfire is a way of life. Over the years, rural communities here have learned to live with the threat, tragedy and benefits of fire on the land.

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The ‘Beerification’ Of Northwest Wine: Putting It In Less-Fussy Cans

Stores like this busy Whole Foods in Portland, Ore., have started shuffling bottles around on shelves and in coolers to make room for wine in cans. CREDIT: ANNA KING/N3 Listen https://www.nwpb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WEB-Wine-Cans-Beerification-AK-091918.mp3 Many Northwest winemakers are trying to make wine a little less fussy by putting it in aluminum cans. Some winemakers are calling it the “beerification” of wine. Sleek aluminum cans that look like a soda or Red Bull are popping up...

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Ocean fishing with large nets always catches creatures besides the intended fish; "bycatch," it's called in the business. 

But some large nets are known for scooping up and killing marine mammals as well as fish.  Driftnets were banned in Washington and Oregon years ago. 

Now California legislators have passed a law to ban driftnet fishing a few years down the road. 

Turtle Island Restoration Network and allied groups are thrilled with the passage. 

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California officials have made it no secret that for the state to adequately reduce its greenhouse gases, a wholesale change is needed in how we transport ourselves and the goods we consume. Namely, gas-powered cars, trucks and buses must be swapped for their zero-emission counterparts.

Thousands of thicker, heavier beer bottles are popping up on store shelves across Oregon as part of the first statewide refillable bottle system in the country, and supporters are hoping it might catch on in other states, too.

At Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, bottling machines are filling a long line of shiny brown refillable beer bottles with a new pale ale.

It's a triumphant moment for brewery founder Matt Swihart. After six years of being the only brewery in Oregon running a refillable bottle system, Double Mountain finally has company.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that implements the California Legislature’s new system for investigating sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers and senior staff.

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome, which sends shooting pains into both of her hands, and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments are prompting her to consider some new options.

"It's very painful; sometimes I can't even open my hand," Avedon says.

So for the second time in two months, she has climbed aboard a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary.


Increasingly, wildfires and the smoke they cause are becoming the daily reality of summer in southern Oregon and northern California. On Saturday, several hundred people gathered at Southern Oregon University to hear a series of panel discussions on how local communities could respond.

When toxins from algae made Salem’s drinking water potentially hazardous earlier this year, the city was unprepared to deal with both the public relations fallout from the breach and the more concrete matter of helping citizens access clean water.

Oregon Levies Its Largest Ever Civil Fine On Legacy Health

Sep 15, 2018

Legacy Health Systems is being fined $5 million — the largest civil fine ever imposed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

But Legacy said it’s fighting the penalty.

A new independent Oregon survey finds that Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has a clear lead over Republican challenger Knute Buehler — and that an initiative to abolish the state’s sanctuary law for immigrants has little support so far.

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