Attempts To Make Shutdown 'Painless' May Stretch Limits Of Federal Law

In its quest to blunt the effects of the partial government shutdown, the Trump administration is using broad legal interpretations to continue providing certain services. Critics argue that the administration is stretching — and possibly breaking — the law to help bolster President Trump's position in his fight with Democrats over funding for a border wall. Even with the creative use of loopholes and existing funds, though, the actions the administration is taking will be hard to sustain if...

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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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New Report Assesses Oregon's Community Health

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."

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Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

A diver in California has stumbled on an unexpected source of plastic waste in the ocean: golf balls. As the balls degrade, they can emit toxic chemicals. And there appear to be lots of them in certain places underwater — right next to coastal golf courses. Two years ago, a 16-year old diver named Alex Weber was swimming off Pebble Beach along the Pacific near Carmel, Calif. "My dad raised me underwater," says Weber, and she means it. She's a free diver: no scuba tanks; she just holds her...

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Federal Shutdown Has Meant Steep Health Bills For Some Families

Joseph Daskalakis' son Oliver was born on New Year's Eve, a little over a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected. The prematurely born baby ended up in a specialized neonatal intensive care unit, the only one near the family's home in Lakeville, Minn., that could care for him. But Daskalakis, who works as an air traffic controller outside Minneapolis, has an additional worry: The hospital where his newborn son is being treated is not part of his...

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

Josephine County Sheriff's Office

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is looking for deputies, and it’s letting the world know through a flashy YouTube recruitment video.

There are several agencies and a group of stakeholders who watch over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But the partial government shutdown is blocking some of that important oversight.

In the past 10 years, the Environmental Protection Agency office in Richland has shrunk from nearly 10 experts working on Hanford issues to just three – including the top manager.

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

Jan 17, 2019

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. 

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 vertical were like out horizontal. So, there was a tremendous amount of movement."

The historic government shutdown is beginning to stir anxiety in and around Paradise, Calif. The town of about 25,000 people was almost completely destroyed by a deadly wildfire last November and almost everyone and everything directly affected is relying heavily on federal aid.

So far FEMA and Small Business Administration loans do not appear to be affected. But local officials say the shutdown is causing delays in more under-the-radar infrastructure projects, which could have serious, longterm consequences.

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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.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Says California Is Continuing The Discussion On Rent Control

Jan 15, 2019
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says conversations are underway on rent stabilization, after voters rejected a rent control ballot measure last fall.

Newsom spoke Tuesday in San Jose at a roundtable discussion on California’s housing crisis, saying the state is speaking with housing industry groups about possible next steps following the defeat of Proposition 10 in November.

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.

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