D.C. Judge Tells Furloughed Workers They Must Stay On The Job

A Washington, D.C., judge ruled Tuesday that furloughed federal workers who are not getting paid because of a government shutdown must continue to do their jobs. It's a setback for the workers who brought the lawsuit against the Trump administration. "Calling people back to work, as the federal government is doing, without paying them is unlawful," attorney Gregory O'Duden tells NPR. O'Duden is general counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union that brought the suit in consolidation...

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JPR Live Session: Anna Tivel (2018)

Anna Tivel reaches for that thread of understanding with her music, that moment of recognition, of shared experience. There are hundreds of thousands of miles on her touring odometer and each town is a tangled web of heartache and small reasons to believe. She gravitates toward the quiet stories of ordinary life. A homeless veteran sitting on a bench to watch the construction of a luxury hotel. A woman wondering about the life of the daughter she had to give up for adoption. Someone changing shape, someone falling in love, someone all alone.

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The Effects And Legality Of Homeless Camp Cleanouts

They show up in the news all the time: events in which police and/or sanitation workers come to a homeless camp and clear the place out, people and all. There's compassion for the people who don't have permanent homes, but what about the people who do, and not far away? It's a tricky situation, one we explore in this discussion. Rogue Retreat helps homeless people find homes; Julie Akins covers homeless issues as a journalist, works to create spaces for homeless people, and recently joined the Ashland City Council.

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An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

Try this: Write a list of every piece of plastic you touch in a day. I did it. I stopped counting at 56 items. Plastic is to our time what wood was for millennia. But unlike wood, most plastic doesn't go away. It ends up as trash in streets, rivers, lakes and oceans. It breaks down into microplastic — particles a tenth of an inch or smaller — and gets into our food and water. The health effects are largely unknown. News stories feature dead whales and turtles with stomachs full of plastic....

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Massachusetts Attorney General Implicates Family Behind Purdue Pharma In Opioid Deaths

Sign up for the CommonHealth newsletter to receive a weekly digest of WBUR's best health, medicine and science coverage. The Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma knew that its painkiller OxyContin was causing overdoses, yet continued to cash in as deaths mounted, the Massachusetts attorney general alleges in court documents filed Tuesday. In a new 274-page memorandum , Attorney General Maura Healey details a chain of command that she alleges implicates eight Sackler family members, as well as...

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California State Parks

The last time Shasta State Historic Park was open was a scary time.  The Carr Fire was bearing down on the park and workers loaded all the portable valuables onto trucks for a trip to Sacramento. 

Only now is the park ready to reopen, minus the Old Schoolhouse, which burned in the fire. 

Park Superintendent Lori Martin and crew spent the last several months making the park habitable again.  


We like to think we're long past the days when people were forced into slavery or prostitution.  But the stories of people who have been victims of human trafficking reveal how contemporary a problem it is. 

Shine A Light plans to raise awareness and money in its annual yoga fundraiser, January 27th in Ashland.  Celina Reppond runs the program, while Staysha Hackmann spoke last year and coordinates the Jackson County Sex Trafficking Task Force at Community Works.  

For the first time in her tenure, Gov. Kate Brown has a full four-year term stretching ahead of her — and the State of the State address she gave Monday reflected an ambitious agenda, from raising billions to stabilize the state’s public schools to curbing carbon emissions.

“Health care, housing, protecting our environment, defending our democracy and investing in our children. These are the fundamentals,” the governor told a packed room full of current and former lawmakers, including former Govs. Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski.

PG&E Is On Its Way To Bankruptcy. Here’s How It Could Play Out

Jan 15, 2019
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Pacific Gas and Electric is on its way to bankruptcy for the second time.

The utility announced Monday it would file for Chapter 11 protection by the end of January in anticipation of overwhelming financial liability due to its role in igniting California wildfires, which PG&E estimates could be more than $30 million.

For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University.

Editor's Note: NPR's Kirk Siegler is based temporarily in Butte County, Calif. Along with other reporters, he will be covering the cleanup and recovery effort in and around Paradise. If you want to share your story email natdesk@npr.org with "Paradise" in the subject line.

The quaint, college town and farming hub of Chico is clogged. People are living out of every hotel in town. Campers line neighborhood streets and the country roads that fan out into the walnut and citrus orchards. Every guesthouse and guest room is full.

The partial government shutdown is elevating the threat of wildfires in the West. That’s  the contention of a dozen Democratic U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Washington’s Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

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Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the parent company of California's largest utility, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid what could be billions of dollars in liability costs over the massive wildfires that have torn through California in recent years.


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