Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

The Trump administration is appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocks plans to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Justice Department filed a court notice Thursday that says the administration is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court decision about the question . That ruling came out of two of the multiple lawsuits by more than two dozen states, cities and other groups that want the question removed. The question asks, "...

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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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California State Parks

Fire-Scarred Shasta Historic Park To Reopen

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.

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25 Years After The Northridge Earthquake, Is LA Ready For The Big One?

Twenty five years ago, at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake shook Angelenos from their beds. For those of us who lived through it, the memories of chaos early in the morning are unforgettable. "We were just literally startled awake by a freight train driving right through our bedroom," said my father, Mark Margolis, who along with my sister, my mother and myself, was sleeping just about seven miles from the epicenter. "I mean the blinds that were supposed to be hanging...

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You Don't Look A Day Over 100 Million, Rings Of Saturn

Saturn is famous for its lovely rings, but a new study suggests the planet has spent most of its 4.5 billion years without them. That's because the rings are likely only 10 million to 100 million years old, according to a newly published report in the journal Science that's based on findings from NASA's Cassini probe. Cassini spent some 13 years orbiting Saturn before plunging down and slamming into its atmosphere. During its final orbits, the spacecraft dove between the planet and its rings....

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A Hearing Aid For Each Ear, Under New Oregon Health Plan Policy

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The Oregon Health Authority has changed is policy on hearing aids. Low-income patients can now get two aids, instead of just one.

Up to now, the Oregon Health Plan had limited patients to one hearing aid every five years. They can be expensive, costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

The change came at the urging of Rep. Rick Lewis, R-Silverton, a retired police officer, including a 28-year tenure as Silverton's police chief. He asked the state to change the rules because people with one hearing aid can feel like sound is only coming from one direction. 

On Friday at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto on Open Air.

The numbers come flying at us daily: unemployment reports, Dow Jones averages, top-grossing movies, you name it. 

But just once every year, the Oregon Community Foundation releases its TOP report, TOP standing for Tracking Oregon's Progress.  Last year's TOP tracked several measures of success for children in the state, and found some issues. 

The new report is arriving now, accompanied by OCF's Sonia Worcel.   Its title is "Oregonians Mobilizing for Change."

Huge Storm System Bringing Rain, Possible Flooding And A Blizzard Warning To NorCal

Jan 16, 2019
Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

California is about to get hammered by a storm that could drop three inches of rain at low elevations and up to five feet of snow in the Sierra.

"It definitely is looking like the biggest storm that we've seen so far this winter … with heavy rain, strong winds and heavy mountain snow,” said Sacramento National Weather Service Meteorologist Corey Miller.

From aviation contracts to deals with vendors and even seasonal hiring, the partial federal government shutdown is cutting into planning and preparation for the 2019 wildfire season in the Northwest.

As the partial federal government shutdown cruised toward a 26th day, add anti-harassment training for Oregon legislators and Capitol staff to the list of casualties.

Editor's Note: OPB reporter Emily Cureton worked for a newspaper owned by Western Communications between 2011 and 2015. 

Western Communications runs seven newspapers across the West, but each one is a local institution made up of actual human beings — people like Geoff at the Redmond Spokesman, Patty at the Baker City Herald, Judi with the Bend Bulletin, Karen from the La Grande Observer, Jessica at the Del Norte Triplicate, Lyn at the Union Democrat or maybe Jane with the Curry Coastal Pilot.


To President Donald Trump, the government shutdown is a means to an end. But for millions of other Americans, it’s a threat to their food source or their housing.

Dawn Myers manages Oregon’s food stamp program. She says her department has been fielding calls from worried people.

“It’s a difficult time,” Myers said. “It’s always stressful for people when they’re unsure about receiving benefits.”

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.  


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