As Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund Border Wall, Democrats Promise A Fight

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president. In circuitous remarks in the Rose Garden, Trump said he was declaring an emergency because of "an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs." The move came a day after Congress approved a...

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JPR Live Session: Lera Lynn w/ Thomas Dybdahl

Throughout her career — a nearly decade-long run filled with three album releases, a career-shifting appearance and soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective , hundreds of shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and a sound encompassing everything from Americana to stark indie rock — Lera Lynn has balanced her fierce independence with a string of collaborations.

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Raising Kids Without Racism

More than a few people have thought that racism might eventually die out in our country. But new racists are made all the time. Jennifer Harvey says we could bring up future generations of non-racist white children if we wanted to. But she says both current paradigms, color blindness and diversity training, are failures.

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Black Butte Gains Protection From Development

The spectacular view of Mount Shasta from Interstate Five is occasionally blocked by the big mountain's cousin, the cinder cone called Black Butte. The butte is now permanently protected from development by a conservation easement granted at the beginning of the year to the Pacific Forest Trust by the landowner, the Michigan-California Timber Company . There will still be timber management on the land, but it will be sustainable. Cal Fire played a part in the granting of the easement.

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Oregon Republicans Wonder If They Can Dig Out Of Their Big Political Hole

Oregon Republicans knew all along that they faced a difficult political environment, but theyre still feeling rocked by last Novembers elections. We were wiped out, said Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist and 2016 candidate for Oregon governor. We were just annihilated. I mean, you have people in swing districts Vial, Parrish, strong candidates, incumbents, just pushed aside. Incumbent state Reps. Rich Vial of Wilsonville and Julie Parrish of West Linn were among the big GOP losses in the...

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Oregon's two U.S. senators are both strongly against President Donald Trump's plan to use a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

White House officials confirmed Thursday that the president plans to sign a deal to prevent another government shutdown but will declare a national emergency to build his proposed border wall.


UPDATE: Friday, 2/15, 5:30 a.m. --  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for all of southwest Oregon, including the Sikiyous and south Cascades, Jackson County, east Curry and Josephine Counties, east and central Douglas County and the Klamath Basin.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon announced a settlement Thursday in a lawsuit over unsanitary conditions for inmates at the Douglas County Jail.

As a part of the settlement, the jail must document daily cleaning of its holding cell, allow inmates to shower at least twice a week and document the distribution of clean clothing. 

Roseburg resident Terri Carlisle was held at the jail on DUI charges in 2015. She said she was refused prescription medication for nerve pain and held in an overcrowded, unsanitary cell.

As you survey the current landscape of unscripted "reality" and game shows on broadcast TV, it's hard to imagine the major networks having a fight over Shakespeare.  But they did, way back in radio days. 

Both NBC and CBS broadcast adaptations of Shakespeare plays in 1937, a situation Rogue Valley writer Michael Jensen explores in his book The Battle of the Bard: Shakespeare on U.S. Radio in 1937

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The groundhog has come and gone, the Valentine gifts are half-eaten or starting to wilt, and the rain is coming in buckets. 

What food could dispel the mid-winter gloom?  Citrus!  Will Smith, our partner for the Savor food segment, says the brightly colored orbs definitely raise the spirits. 

Geoffrey Stewart, the produce buyer at the Ashland Food Coop, visits with talk of varieties. 

At our current rate of climate change, many cities in western Oregon could come to feel a lot like the Central Valley of California over the next 60 years. 

A new analysis looking at climate projections for urban areas across the United States and Canada predict substantial changes in local temperatures and precipitation rates for Northwest cities.

OSU Study Says Oregon Is Lacking Child Care

Feb 13, 2019

A new study from Oregon State University found a lack of regulated child care in Oregon. 

All of Oregon's 36 counties were "child care deserts" — where there is only one child care slot for every three children who need care — for infants and toddlers ages 2 and under, according to the study. Only nine counties, including Multnomah County, are not deserts for preschoolers. 


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As utility engineers work to restore power to our Redding studio we have begun programming Classic & News' Siskyou Music Hall from our Ashland Studio featuring hosts Eric Teel and Don Matthews until power is restored. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, 2/13, 11:30 a.m. -- The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has declared a local state of emergency due to the snow storm.

We get new lessons in use and abuse of the media all the time.  Was the kid from the Catholic school smirking?  Did the Native American man get in his face? 

That's just one situation we discuss in this month's edition of Signals & Noise, our monthly perusal of media.  Our regulars return: Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay from Southern Oregon University's Communication department. 


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