As Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional, Democrats Seethe, Republicans Stay Mum

President Trump called a Friday ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act "Great news for America!" Democratic lawmakers rushed to decry the decision, calling it " monstrous " and " harmful ." And Republican lawmakers remained mostly quiet Saturday. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor explained that his decision turned on a 2017 congressional tax bill, which eliminated a penalty for people who don't acquire health insurance. Without the fine, the ruling says, the ACA is...

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JPR Live Session: The Devil Makes Three (2018)

The power of words isn’t lost on longstanding Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three — Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean. For as much as they remain rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll, the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O’Connor.

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Shasta Dam Elevation Ends Up In Court

Plans to raise Shasta Dam by 18 feet are still on the books. But there's a long process to go through before any construction might start, including a lawsuit filed over a creature that could be affected by an expanded Shasta Lake. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not acting on a 2012 petition to protect the rare Shasta salamander.

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A Toxic Pesticide Once Targeted For A Ban Was Probably Sprayed On Your Christmas Tree

Julie Madison-Jamil didnt expect shed need a cooler just for hauling dead birds to necropsies. In 2016, she and her husband Daanishmoved into a fixer-upper lot outside Oregon City with dreams of a small organic egg and vegetable farm. They filled the property with bantam chickens, silkies, sweetgrass turkeys and Guinea fowl. Since then, they have unexpectedly lost dozens of birds to ailments including liver damage and cancer. The necropsies have not solved the mystery, but Madison-Jamil...

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After Campus Murder, Kaylee's Law Would Limit Security Guard Powers

Two and a half years after Kaylee Sawyer was killed,her Christmas stocking hangs on the mantle at her familys house in Bend. She's always been the center of attention whether she liked it or not. She kind of had the spotlight when she'd walk into a room, her dad, Jamie Sawyer, said. Hes just beginning a painful campaign to champion Kaylees Law, a bill he hopes will honor his daughters life by limiting and defining the powers of security guards in Oregon. Sawyer moves through the world...

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A Eugene non-profit group says its anti-bullying efforts in Lane and Linn County schools could be used as a model statewide. Oregon lawmakers will consider funding an expansion of the program during their next legislative session.

The power of words isn’t lost on longstanding Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three— Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean. For as much as they remain rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll, the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O’Connor.

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In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Oregon’s legislative leadership said they were committed to changing the culture of the statehouse in Salem.

A hearing at the state Capitol on Thursday provided a glimpse into how difficult that might be.

For the first time, lawmakers heard from the group crafting rules that would govern harassment policies. The conversation revealed the complex nature of the statehouse: where power dynamics are often at play and different world perspectives play a role.

Oregon lawmakers and death penalty opponents are considering a roundabout approach at gutting the state's capital punishment law — without sending it to voters.

Since 1984, the death penalty has been enshrined in the Oregon Constitution, meaning it can only be removed by a vote of the people. But under proposals being discussed by Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, and others, the policy could be largely dismantled next year via a vote of the Legislature.

“I’m going to try to deal with it right now on a statutory basis,” Greenlick told OPB.

UPDATE (Thursday, Dec. 13, 3:17 p.m. PT) — State public defense systems are supposed to provide effective counsel for indigent clients — a requirement of the U.S. Constitution. But a draft report obtained by OPB concludes that Oregon's system is so bureaucratic and structurally flawed that it can't guarantee clients are getting the defense they're owed.

The report was completed by the Sixth Amendment Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, which studies how legal systems across the country are complying with the constitutional requirement.

A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite its pollution cleanup plans for Oregon rivers.

U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernández rejected water quality standards that were submitted to the EPA by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

From the air, the scale of the devastation in and around Paradise, Calif., is, simply put, alarming.

Whole neighborhoods and commercial districts are completely decimated, turned to rubble amidst the tall, orange-singed pine trees with blackened trunks. Deeper into the mountains, illegal pot plantations were suddenly exposed — and charred. Then there's the odd home on a ridge top or Rite Aid store that's been randomly spared.

"See how hot that burned, there's nothing left down there," says Dan Tomascheski, talking through a headset over the roar of the helicopter.

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