As Cap-And-Trade Bill Moves Forward, Republicans Head For Exits

Cap and trade is on its way to the Senate floor in Oregon again and Republicans are heading for the exits. In a tense hearing Monday morning, the Oregon Legislatures budget committee passed out Senate Bill 1530 largely along party lines. SB 1530 would cap the greenhouse gas emissions allowed by the transportation, manufacturing and utility sectors, and lower the cap over time. Large emitters would be required to obtain credits for each metric ton of emissions and could trade those credits...

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JPR Live Session: Son Little (2020)

Son Little has always recorded his music with a very hands-on approach. That deft ear and attention to craft garnered the attention of such artists as Mavis Staples, who asked Little to produce her Grammy-winning EP. But on his new album 'aloha,' he handed control to another producer for the first time.

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Border Wall Blamed For Cultural Site Destruction

The border wall will be built, says the president. And the administration is letting little stand in the way, including concerns about cultural artifacts. The Society for American Archaeology sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, protesting what appears to be the use of explosives to level ground at wall sites. Some of the sites contain cultural artifacts, even human remains, says the SAA.

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Separatist Group Seeks To Move Oregon Border To Create 'Greater Idaho'

Some rural Oregonians are so frustrated by Democratic politics they want to leave the state. But not by moving elsewhere. Instead, a group is seeking to change the map itself so that most of Oregon and a chunk of Northern California would break off and join Idaho, a Republican-majority state. The group, Move Oregons Border For a Greater Idaho, succeeded in getting petitions approved for circulation in two rural Oregon counties this month. The effort is only the latest separatist cause in...

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Algorithm Targets Marijuana Convictions Eligible To Be Cleared

When California voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016, they made it legal to use marijuana recreationally and gave residents an opportunity to clear their records of certain marijuana-related convictions. But the proposition came with a caveat: In order to get a past conviction reduced or dismissed, the burden fell to the person convicted — a process considered costly, time-consuming and confusing. Consequently, just 3% of people who qualify for relief received it, according to the nonpartisan...

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"America loves India, America respects India, and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people," President Trump told a cheering crowd of more than 100,000 people in India's huge Motera cricket stadium on Monday.

"From this day on, India will always hold a very special place in our hearts," Trump said. He referred to his host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as "a man I am proud to call my true friend."

The Appalachian Trail – the 2,200-mile hiking stretch that goes from Georgia to Maine — is at the center of a legal battle that has risen to the Supreme Court.

The case involves a proposed pipeline that would connect natural gas fracked in West Virginia to population centers in Virginia and North Carolina. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cross the Appalachian Trail within the George Washington National Forest in Virginia, and some environmental groups are challenging the legality of the permit the U.S. Forest Service issued allowing that to happen.

After The Nevada Caucuses, Bernie Sanders Is The Man To Beat

Feb 23, 2020

The 2020 Democratic nomination is now Sen. Bernie Sanders' to lose.

The independent from Vermont ⁠— who is running as a Democrat and often speaks about the ills not just of Republicans, but also of Democrats ⁠— handily won the Nevada Democratic caucuses.

With Oregon Republicans Ready To Walk Out, Gov. Brown Tries To Bargain

Feb 21, 2020

On Valentine’s Day, Gov. Kate Brown and Republican state Sen. Bill Hansell surveyed flood damage in Eastern Oregon from a Black Hawk helicopter.

The following Monday, the governor stopped by Hansell’s office in the state Capitol.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the barricades that have blocked railways in the country for two weeks must come down, calling the situation "unacceptable and untenable."

Where there was a white ice cap, there are now brown blotches of land; melted snow and ice have created ponds of water. Those are the effects of the recent record high temperatures in Antarctica, according to NASA, which on Friday released stunning before-and-after satellite images of the northern Antarctic Peninsula.

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So many people are buying electric vehicles and seeking Oregon rebates that there's a backlog in getting checks out to EV owners. 

The state recently crossed the $10 Million mark in rebates awarded through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.  The program includes the standard rebate and the newer Charge Ahead rebate, and EV owners can apply for both. 

The state Department of Environmental Quality and the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy teamed up for the programs. 

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The hollowing-out of the American heartland has happened all over the country, not just in the middle.  Case in point: rural Oregon. 

That's where Nicholas Kristof grew up, before embarking on a celebrated career in journalism.  Now Kristof and spouse Sheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer-winning writing team, turn their focus on rural areas that have been depressed both economically and psychically. 

Kristof and WuDunn's book visits Yamhill and other small communities; it's called Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Gov. Gavin Newsom dedicated his second State of the State address almost entirely to California’s deepening homelessness crisis. He said the problem today requires “a coordinated crisis-level response,” one that gets “the mentally ill out of tents and into treatment” and produces affordable housing to ensure no Californian is homeless. 

But Newsom also said the crisis “has persisted for decades” and made a claim that suggests it was worse 15 years ago.

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As the threat of longer, more devastating wildfire seasons increases risks for California homeowners, insurance companies have been responding with their own strategy: refusing to renew homeowner policies. Zip codes in counties most impacted by wildfire saw a 10% increase in non-renewals of homeowner insurance between 2017 and 2018, according to the California Department of Insurance.

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