Senate Reaches $19 Billion Deal For Disaster Aid Without Border Wall Funding

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET The Senate approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires. The measure passed overwhelmingly — 85-8. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced the deal hours before lawmakers were planning to head home for a weeklong Memorial Day recess. The bipartisan agreement came after months of...

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JPR Live Sessions Presented By Sierra Nevada Brewing: Devon Gilfillian

There is deep soul in the music of Devon Gilfillian —but for the talented Nashville-based singer-songwriter and bandleader, that descriptor goes way beyond a mere genre classification. Growing up in Philadelphia on a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues, and soul music, Gilfillian gravitated to records that ignited his mind while making his body move.

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Inside The Oregon Wildfire Council

There were some complaints about the formation of the Oregon Wildfire Council, ordered by Governor Kate Brown. The complaints generally held that Oregon's recent wildfires demanded more robust action than some kind of committee. But Ashland State Representative Pam Marsh is glad to be on the council, looking for appropriate actions to curtail the danger of wildfire and smoke.

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Oregon Legislator On The Power, Frustration Of Being The Only Black House Member

Across the country, state legislatures have become more diverse over the past four years.New lawmakers bring different backgrounds and life experiences, and that can lead them to push for more inclusive measures. In Oregon, Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, is the only African American legislator in the state House. Last summer, Bynum was canvassing voters in her district when someone one of her constituents called the police on her. The encounter ended with Bynum and the officer taking a...

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The Waiting Game: When Hospitals Say No, Where Can Uninsured Californians Find Surgery?

Leticia isn’t sure where she is on the waitlist. She knows it’s been about seven months since she asked a pro bono surgery program for help with her aching left knee, and her doctor says it could be another half a year until her number comes up. She knows there are other patients in front of her who can’t afford the procedure, and who, like her, are depending on volunteer physicians to get their lives back on track.

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A group of students from the gun safety group March For Our Lives were in Salem on Thursday to meet with Oregon lawmakers and their staff over a recently nixed piece of firearm legislation.

Fifteen-year-old Finn Jacobson and the rest of the March For Our Lives students campaigned for Gov. Kate Brown and various legislators during last year’s midterm election. At the time, Democrats promised to pass gun control laws.

The Classics & News service in some areas of Oregon and Northern California will be off the air today while our engineers work on repairing the antenna for KSOR. The antenna was damaged by falling ice this winter. Service should be restored before the end of the day.

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U.S. Brings New Charges Against Julian Assange In War Logs, State Cables Case

May 23, 2019

Updated at 5:54 p.m. ET

Prosecutors are bringing a slate of new charges against Julian Assange, including alleged violations of the Espionage Act, raising the stakes for his prospective extradition from the United Kingdom.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on Wednesday became Oregon’s second U.S. House member to call for impeachment proceedings to start against President Donald Trump.

“The president and the administration are sending the message they’re above the law,” Bonamici, D-Ore., told OPB.

She accused Trump of a variety of impeachable offenses, ranging from obstructing the Mueller investigation of his administration to human rights abuses in separating children from their families at the border.

On the 100 year anniversary of the University of Oregon’s Pioneer statue, dozens of students and faculty called for its removal. As KLCC’s Melorie Begay reports, they see it as memorializing colonial violence.

Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been "retired" since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It's a trend that continues despite President Trump's support for coal. That has left many communities worried that those now-idled places will simply be mothballed.

Oregon lawmakers want the state’s college and universities to get serious about making sure that textbooks are affordable. They're advancing a measure that would require schools to create a plan to bring down the cost of textbooks, which can add up to hundreds of dollars a semester.

UPDATE (Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. PT) — A sweeping bill to change how young offenders are treated in Oregon’s justice system has cleared another hurdle, setting the stage for what could be a tight vote.

Riverbend Live!, the free weekly music series in Winston, Oregon kicks off on Friday, July 5th with the Memphis-based soul/r&b/blues band Southern Avenue.

Southern Oregon University

The longstanding connection between Southern Oregon University and its sister school in Guanajuato, Mexico includes many cultural interchanges. 

And those include percussion groups from SOU and Guanajuato University playing together.  The first of two concerts comes this week in Ashland (May 24), the second six days later in Guanajuato, with the theme “From North: Rugged Landscapes…to South: Celebración de la hermandad.” 

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