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Oregon's Business Tax Is Not Going To Voters -- Here's What You Should Know

With the announcement this week from business group Oregon Manufacturers and Commerce that they are no longer attempting to refer the state’s new commercial activities tax to the ballot, the tax is likely to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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JPR Live Sessions Presented By Sierra Nevada: Simon Chrisman & Wes Corbett

Simon and Wes started down the musical road at around the same time, on the same small island, but only met by chance and with the accidental help of jazz guitarist Bill Frissell and a local noodle shack. Fast friends from the start, they’ve made music together every chance they’ve had along the way, making two records with chamber grass outfit the Bee Eaters, and stealing chances to get in a tune or two when passing through each other’s city of residence while on tour with other bands. Now, sixteen years after meeting, they’re releasing their first duo recording.

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'Oregon Lava On The Moon!' How A Bend Man Got It There

The year was 1966. LBJ was president. The Beatles topped the charts with "Revolver." And the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union was on including in the Central Oregon town of Bend. So much so, says local resident Rick Miller, that they called Bend moon country. Beginning in 1964, NASA sent astronauts in the Apollo program including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, soon to be the first men on the moon to train and test equipment in the high desert of Central Oregon....

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On Apollo 11 Anniversary, A Former Crew Member Reflects On The Lunar Trip

Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago on July 20. Former astronaut Michael Collins was a member of the historic mission. : 7/20/19 In an early version of the audio, we incorrectly referred to the far side of the moon as the dark side of the moon. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) NEIL ARMSTRONG: Out of detent. Auto. BUZZ ALDRIN: Mode control, both auto. Descent engine command override, off. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Fifty years ago...

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A Growing Latino Middle Class: One California Family’s Journey From Have-Not To Have

In the real estate firm where she works, Monica Rivera has a window office. At 29, she has a great job, managing a team of agents. She has a degree from USC. The walls of her office are adorned with the awards she’s won and family photos. In the center of one wall is a small, framed photo that stands out. It’s a faded black and white snapshot of a woman with dark hair, seated at a workbench, making something with her hands. Rivera calls her Abuela Nina – her grandmother.

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On July 20, the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Before the astronauts ever made it to the lunar surface, they trained in Oregon's own "Moon Country." That's what local newspapers called Central Oregon's lava fields after NASA visited the area. 

Has Gavin Newsom Made Progress On His Pledge To Boost California’s Housing Supply?

Jul 19, 2019
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On the campaign trail, Gavin Newsom promised to rapidly expand California's housing supply, saying he would "lead the effort to develop 3.5 million new housing units" by 2025 to address the state's affordable housing crisis.

Driving While Undocumented In Oregon: A Family's Hopes For HB 2015

Jul 19, 2019

The plan was never for Juan Navarro’s family to leave their home in Guadalajara, Mexico. But when he was born with a birth defect that prevented him from being able to walk, his parents felt they had no choice.

“They didn’t have the money to pay for care in Mexico,” Navarro told OPB's "All Things Considered" host John Notarianni. “The doctors told my parents, 'Be prepared to invest in a wheelchair for your son — we can’t help him.’”

Navarro’s parents wanted a better life for their son.

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Members of Congress likely won't confine themselves to former special counsel Robert Mueller's report when they question him next week in two open hearings, staffers said.

Mueller, who is reluctant to appear, has said he would confine himself to what he's already written — but the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence won't.

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Home care workers rallied in Salem Thursday, saying the agency responsible for paying them frequently fails to do so on time. 

Oregon Coast Aquarium Releases Giant Pacific Octopus

Jul 18, 2019

A giant Pacific octopus has been released back into the ocean by the Oregon coast aquarium after its rehabilitation.

Safe Firearms Storage Measure Planned For Oregon 2020 Ballot

Jul 18, 2019

Oregon-based gun safety group State of Safety Action filed an initiative petition Thursday to put a safe firearms storage law on the November 2020 ballot.

Geoffrey Riley | JPR News

The last few fire seasons were hard on everybody who got caught in the smoke.  And that was nearly everybody in our region, at some point in the summer. 

The impact is that much greater on people who already had breathing issues like COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. 

Reporter Robin Epley at the Chico Enterprise-Record researched the issue for a podcast series called "Inhaled." 

William Smith

Summer flavors are in full swing, and some of the foods growing around us are beginning to ripen.  We celebrate fruit in this month's edition of Savor, our food segment. 

Will Smith returns with tales of the care and preparation of stone fruits, including a recipe for grilled peaches with vanilla cream (below). 

And we get some tips on fruit preservation from the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center. 

Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET

Donald Trump took part in phone calls with his then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen as the attorney and other aides scrambled to arrange hush payments to a woman in 2016 to buy her silence about an alleged sexual relationship with Trump.

Those details come from hundreds of pages of court papers — warrant applications, affidavits and other related materials — made public on Thursday.

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