Death Toll In California Wildfires Climbs To 44

Updated at 10:48 p.m. ET Wildfires continued to tear through Northern and Southern California on Monday, where firefighters were at the mercy of dry air and whipping winds fanning the deadly blazes. At least 44 people have died statewide; many people remain unaccounted for. In a year of record-breaking fires, Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott told NPR's All Things Considered the Camp fire in the north and Woolsey fire in the south may be "the most destructive and the deadliest" on record for the...

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JPR Live Session: Robert Ellis (2018)

Before signing with New West Records in early 2011, country songwriter Robert Ellis made a name for himself in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the country, folk, and bluegrass records he’d heard while growing up in southern Texas, Ellis began playing shows around the city, eventually landing a Wednesday night residency at a local venue called Fitzgerald’s. His audience grew as a result of those weekly shows, nicknamed "Whiskey Wednesdays" for their rowdy nature and half-drunk clientele, and Ellis earned more fans on the strength of his self-released debut, The Great Rearranger .

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Making Water From (Almost) Nothing

It just seems like magic. A machine uses wood chips and a few other ingredients to pull moisture out of the air, to produce water. 30 gallons a day, in the smallest unit. The name is apt: Skywater ; it just won the XPrize competition by perfecting a technology to provide fresh water to places that need it. David Hertz is the co-founder of the Skywater/Skysource Alliance.

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These Bridges And Tunnels Save Animals' Lives — And Prevent Car Wrecks

The first time Chris Branch hit a deer, he thought, Well, here it is. He knew the road he was driving in north central Washington well. Branch drove Highway 97 every weekday from his home in Omak to work in Oroville, often at late at night or early in the morning when deer are also on the move. "I never saw it, he said until his front bumper rammed the deer. His Subaru was totaled. He slammed on his brakes two other times for deer, skidding into collisions but not damaging the car too badly...

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Oregon Winegrowers Losing Vines To Red Blotch

Winegrowers across Oregon are tearing up their grapevines because of an aggressive disease likely brought in by plant nurseries.

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This Thanksgiving, JPR is serving up a few helpings of special programming for you. Here's what we've got planned...

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For Oregon homeowners, invasive blackberries and poison oak are the bane of their existence. Many resort to powerful herbicides to get rid of them. But those chemicals are harming nearby vineyards, particularly an herbicide called Crossbow.


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Flying passengers into small cities can be a tricky business.  Not the flying part; the keeping the airline in business part. 

Two airports in our region provide the lesson, one in Klamath Falls and the other in Crescent City.  Crescent City still has flights (to Oakland), because it is a federal Essential Air Service airport. 

Klamath Falls just missed out on getting EAS funding in an act of Congress, so remains an airport with no commercial flights. 

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The City of Ashland owns a big chunk of property across Interstate Five from town, and there are always ideas floating around for uses for the land. 

The Imperatrice property, as it's known, has been proposed for the location of electricity-generating solar panels, among other ideas.  Which thrills people who favor renewable energy, but poses some issues for bird fanciers. 

Because the land is home to a colony of grasshopper sparrows, a bird species that has mostly disappeared in some parts of the region. 

A Portland-based legal group that focuses on immigrant rights is suing the Trump administration over a presidential proclamation barring migrants from seeking asylum if they cross the southern U.S. border outside of designated entry points.

The Innovation Law Lab is one of four plaintiffs attempting to enjoin the presidential proclamation, which was signed by President Donald Trump Friday.

Oregon sued the Trump administration Friday over a requirement the state work with immigration authorities if it wants to receive more than $4 million in federal grants.

The U.S. Department of Justice distributes Byrne JAG grants, which are used by jurisdictions across the country to help law enforcement fund new initiatives and fight crime.

California Food Banks Receive ‘Trade Aid’ Food, But It Comes With A Cost

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When President Trump slaps tariffs on China and other trading partners, those nations strike back. U.S. farmers find themselves caught in the middle.

The first time Chris Branch hit a deer, he thought, “Well, here it is.”

He knew the road he was driving in north central Washington well. Branch drove Highway 97 every weekday from his home in Omak to work in Oroville, often at late at night or early in the morning — when deer are also on the move.

"I never saw it,” he said — until his front bumper rammed the deer. His Subaru was totaled.

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It's astonishing to look at maps from hundreds of years ago and realize just how accurate some of them are, despite their creators possessing very primitive mapping tools. 

Things are just a bit easier for the people at the University of Oregon's InfoGraphics Lab.  They have satellites and myriad other technologies available in helping them create maps and other visual aids for the Department of Geography, the University at large, and Oregon state government agencies. 

One of the lab's recent projects: an atlas showing wildlife migration routes, made in collaboration with the University of Wyoming. 

Mary Landberg

Contemplating the end of life itself is an enormous task.  And there's an additional degree of complexity when someone considers making use of an assisted-suicide law, like the ones on the books in Oregon and California. 

End of Life Choices Oregon works as a third party, sharing its expertise on Oregon's Death With Dignity Law with people considering ending their lives.  Sue Porter is the founding executive director of EOLCOR, as it calls itself. 

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