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Greg Walden Says Little About Gun Legislation After El Paso, Dayton Shootings

Since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton nearly three weeks ago, Oregon Rep. Greg Walden has said little about whether he would support new federal legislation to tighten gun laws.

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JPR Live Sessions Presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Shinyribs (2019)

Kevin Russell (aka Shinyribs) may be one of the few who embrace the term "swampy" as a positive adjective. Following nearly two decades in cult-favorite The Gourds, Russell launched his Shinyribs project as an opportunity to incorporate all of the unique styles and influences he's absorbed.

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BLM Offers Chance To Comment On SE Oregon Plan

Wilderness lovers, off-roaders, and cattle: can they all get along on the same public land? Maybe not the exact same parcels, but the Bureau of Land Management is working to accommodate all three in Southeast Oregon. BLM is making amendments to its Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan , and a comment period is open until August 28th for people who have ideas and issues on land use.

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What Is An Endangered Species Worth? New Federal Rule Updates Calculation -- And Sparks Debate

Grizzly bears are currently listed as a threatened species, although the Trump administration has moved to remove them from the list citing rising population numbers.CREDIT: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE Read On BY GRETCHEN FRAZEE / PBS NEWSHOUR What is the cost to the economy when an animal is listed as an endangered species? The Trump administration could soon start to publicize that calculation, along with the cost and benefits of categorizing an animal that way, under  new rules  it...

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Environmental Scrutiny Could Be Reduced For Projects On Public Forests

The U.S.Forest Service is proposing to reduce the public's role in shaping the way it applies federal environmental laws to projects on public lands. The agency says the changes would help land managers make timelier decisions based on high quality, science-based analysis. Environmental groups are calling the proposed changes a giveaway to the timber industry that will allow projects on national forests to be approved with far less involvement from the public. The changes concern how...

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When Oregon Republican state senators walked away from the job for the second time in late June, Democratic leaders were adamant: They would pay for it.

But punishment, if it comes at all, will not be financial.

Senate Democrats announced Friday that they were abandoning a plan to fine Republicans $500 a day for the walkout, amid concerns over a protracted lawsuit and questions about how such unprecedented fines would work.

Bernie Sanders Rallies Supporters In Downtown Sacramento

Aug 23, 2019
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Thousands of supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento Thursday evening during his campaign swing this week in Northern California. 

“I’m here this evening to ask for your help to win the Democratic primary in California,” the Vermont senator told the cheering crowd.

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET

President Trump on Friday announced higher tariffs on goods from China, hours after Beijing said it will slap tariffs on $75 billion of autos and other U.S. goods. Earlier in the day, he "ordered" U.S. companies to stop doing business with China though it was unclear whether he had the power to do that.

More California Homeowners Losing Insurance In Fire-Prone Areas

Aug 22, 2019
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Updated Aug. 22, 1:31 p.m.

The 10 California counties most prone to wildfire saw a 10 percent increase in dropped homeowner’s policies last year, compared to 4 percent for the five counties with the lowest risk.

These 10 counties are Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Sierra, Trinity and Tuolumne.

Bills To Reduce Single-Use Plastics Move Through California Legislature

Aug 22, 2019
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California lawmakers could take final votes in the next few weeks on whether to mandate a 75 percent reduction in single-use plastics by the year 2030.

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Tribal fire management practices were essentially outlawed 100 years ago. But the Karuk tribe is looking to change that.

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The hemp industry was bound to grow and grow quickly, given the decades of pent-up demand from federal controls.  Now hemp, marijuana's non-stoner sibling, is legal to grow. 

And Oregon alone is now growing something like 50,000 acres of the stuff, mostly for the CBD oil it contains.  Hemp industry analysts--they DO exist--say the price is likely to crash because of overproduction. 

Kristen Nichols is the editor of Hemp Industry Daily.  Chase Nobles is co-founder and co-CEO of Kush.com.

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The Bureau of Land Management's amendment of its Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan is not only closely followed by the Oregon Natural Desert Association, it is the result of action by ONDA. 

The conservation group took issue with earlier BLM decisions, and took the agency to court.  Now public comments are being taken on the plan amendment--focused on grazing, off-road vehicle use, and lands with wilderness values--until August 28th. 

The land in question includes the Owyhee Canyonlands, held near and dear by ONDA. 

Courtesy of The Wetlands Conservancy

Most of the West Coast’s estuary habitat has vanished, according to a new study, the most thorough of its kind. The mapping project found that, today, less than 15% of historic estuaries remain along the Washington, Oregon and California coastlines.

Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race.

"It's become clear that I'm not going be carrying the ball, I'm not going to be the president, so I'm withdrawing tonight from the race," the Washington governor said on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.

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