Trump Will 'Protect' Emergency Declaration If Congress Disapproves, Miller Says

If Congress votes to disapprove President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, Trump is prepared to veto it, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said on Sunday. The president declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday to secure up to $8 billion in funding for a barrier on the southern border — more than four times what Congress approved. House Democrats have called Trump's declaration " unlawful ," and are considering a joint resolution disapproving of the...

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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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The Angle Of View Matters: Signals & Noise For February

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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Their Home Survived The Camp Fire — But Their Insurance Did Not

Tom and Tamara Conry were dead set on returning to Paradise after the deadly Camp Fire destroyed the town last November. The couple's home was barely touched by the fire, and most other survivors had a much steeper climb to recovery. But when their property insurer, American Reliable, notified them in December that it wasn't renewing the couple's homeowner's coverage, they realized that returning home would be even harder than expected. "Getting that letter was like a slap in the face,"...

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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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A large public art project proposed to be built beside the now-inundated great falls of the Columbia River has been put on indefinite hold by its sponsor.

The installation was planned for Celilo Falls — east of The Dalles, Oregon — as the sixth and final outdoor artwork in a series by celebrated designer Maya Lin along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

If a custom license plate or a college-themed plate isn't good enough for your car, a startup has the latest in automotive accessories: a digital license plate.

The region's Democrats and Republicans had equal concerns over President Trump's national emergency declaration Friday. 

Republican Oregon Rep. Greg Walden said in a statement that he does not agree with the President's willingness to spend money outside of Congressional authorization. 

"Congress has granted the executive branch certain spending authorities. I strongly object to any president acting outside of those explicit authorities to spend money that Congress has not appropriated for specific initiatives," Walden said. 

California plans to sue the Trump administration over the president's emergency declaration to fund construction of a border wall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom joined state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to decry Trump's plan at a news conference Friday. They also hinted that a multistate lawsuit against the administration was imminent.

"Donald Trump, we'll see you in court," Newsom said.

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Societal attitudes and laws may be changing, but it can still be a real challenge growing up LGBTQ.  Research from the University of Texas Department of Human Development and Family Sciences bears this out. 

The research, based on student surveys in California, shows that LGBTQ youth are more likely to be living either in unstable living situations or in foster than straight kids. 

True South Solar

Will there come a day when all of our electricity truly comes from renewable sources?  If so, Eric Hansen plans to be ready. 

He is the founder of True South Solar, which installs photovoltaic panels all over the Rogue Valley.  The business has grown since Hansen and Shawn Schreiner started the company not quite ten years ago. 

It is the focus of our business segment, The Ground Floor, this month. 

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.

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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.

Courtesy PG&E

UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company issued this update:

More than 250 PG&E workers and partner utility workers are in the North Valley, where heavy, low-elevation snow and heavy rains on Wednesday fell trees and damaged power lines and poles.

The extensive damage to PG&E equipment, coupled with blocked roads and snowy terrain, impacted 60,000 PG&E customers at its peak on early Wednesday morning. 

As of 4 p.m. Friday, about 22,000 customer remain without power, most of them – or about 19,000 – are in Shasta County, which was hit especially hard by severe weather.

Nearly 3,000 are without power in Tehama County communities of Cottonwood, Lyonsville, Mineral, Mill Creek and Manton.

With adverse weather this weekend, there may be fresh power outages. PG&E crews and its partner crews are working to assess and repair damages to electric equipment.  

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