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Preparing For Wildfire In The Wake Of Paradise

It’s been a little over a year since the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, which impacted thousands of lives in Northern California. The disaster also alarmed people across the West, who are now asking themselves: Could a fire like that happen here?

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JPR Live Session: Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods is a known as a true songwriter's songwriter. His tunes have been recorded by major musical stars, including Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Billy Currington. But some of the tunes that come from his pen are reserved for his own recordings. In the last 18 months, Woods has released Both Ways , and The Other Way - an acoustic re-imagining of the songs.

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Oregon Housing Industry Plans A Summit

The most visible discussions of the housing shortage involve politicians and policy makers and advocates for homeless people. Now the housing industry is making sure it is involved in the discussions; an Oregon Housing Economic Summit is planned for January in Salem.

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Caltrans Is Trying To Prepare California Highways For Climate Change

Nearly three miles of prime beach views from Highway 1 near San Luis Obispo were recently moved inland by Caltrans, and the state’s Department of Transportation is considering doing the same on other highways.

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Will Fires, Outages Land California Students In ‘Disaster Relief’ Summer School?

Reeling from a fire-ravaged autumn in which “ disaster days ” have already cost some 800,000 students days and even weeks of instruction, California educators are asking the state to address one of the most sweeping consequences of climate-fueled wildfire: the now-annual mass emergency closures of schools .

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Updated at 8:50 p.m. ET

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday morning, charging him with abuse of power in the Ukraine affair and obstruction of Congress.

Read the articles of impeachment here.

OSU Expected To Announce New President Friday

Dec 9, 2019

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees Friday is expected to announce the university’s new president.  

The candidate the board is considering will be publicly introduced during a special board meeting 10 a.m. Friday at OSU’s Memorial Union Horizon Room in Corvallis. The meeting is open to the public.  

If appointed, that candidate will start the job on July 1, taking the place of current President Ed Ray.  

Portland State University

We expect the laundry to take the dirt out of our clothing and leave the clothing behind.  But fibers get out through the washing process, and it appears they can make it all the way to the ocean. 

Researchers from Portland State University found small bits of plastic in razor clams and oysters on the Oregon coast, and many of the bits appear to be microfibers from synthetic clothing.  All of the sites where clams and oysters were taken showed the fibers. 


Decision-making processes at the Bureau of Land Management have for years been assisted by Regional Advisory Councils and Committees (RACs). The decisions have a great bearing on Oregon, where BLM owns more than 15,000,000 acres of land. 

But the Trump Administration set out to review and/or reconfigure RACs, and in Oregon, several have not met for two years or more.  Which means money which might go to local communities is at risk of being taken back to Washington, DC. 

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn in concert Tuesday night, February 18th at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8pm.

How California Is Rewriting The Law On Online Privacy

Dec 9, 2019
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Our actions online have created a vast trove of information worth billions of dollars. Every time we search, click, shop, watch, send, receive, delete or download, we create a trail of data that companies can use to figure out our tastes and interests. We also hand over information when we use social media or loyalty programs at our favorite stores. 

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delayed In Oregon

Dec 9, 2019

The commercial Dungeness crab season is being delayed once again in Oregon. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the opening will be delayed until at least December 31 to allow the crabs to fill with more meat.

Updated at 5:22 p.m. ET

The Justice Department's internal watchdog determined the FBI had sufficient evidence to open the Russia investigation — but sharply criticized the bureau over its surveillance of a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

In his highly anticipated 400-page report, inspector general Michael Horowitz also says he found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to launch its investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET

Democrats in the House took the next step toward impeachment on Monday with the presentation of what they call the evidence of President Trump's improper conduct in the Ukraine affair.

"President Trump's persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security," said Daniel Goldman, the Democratic staff counsel who presented the Democrats' case in the Judiciary Committee hearing.

As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump continues its march through Congress, questions are churning around his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.


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