Oregon (And The EPA) Failed To Ban This Toxic Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency chose last week not to ban the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been associated with developmental problems in children and health conditions in adults. Oregon lawmakers, anticipating the Trump administration would reverse course on Obama-era plans to restrict the pesticides use on crops, introduced their own legislation to regulate chlorpyrifos at the state level. We had an inkling that the administration wouldnt go forward with the ban, so...

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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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Carr Fire One Year Later: Economic Recovery

It may seem like yesterday, but the Carr Fire destroyed all those homes in Redding a full year ago. The memory is fresh for many people because their homes are not yet rebuilt. But the area is continuing to recover from the devastation. Superior California Economic Development is one of a host of entities helping guide the post-fire recovery.

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Despite A Growing Latino Middle Class, California Families Face Hurdles Getting There

One recent Saturday morning, about a hundred people sat on folding chairs in a hall at the First Christian Church in Downey. They were there for the church’s weekly food distribution. Volunteers called out names from a list as people waited their turn to get in line for donated groceries. Among those waiting was Janette Perez. She sat in one row of chairs, holding her baby boy in her lap. Her 6-year-old-son played nearby. It was their first time here.

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What Gets To Be A 'Burger'? States Restrict Labels On Plant-Based Meat

It's a case of animal versus vegetable — and the steaks are high. A growing number of states have been passing laws saying that only foods made of animal flesh should be allowed to carry labels like "meat," "sausage," "jerky," "burger" or "hot dog." Who has a beef with this deal? Makers of plant-based foods, of course — like Tofurky. But also the American Civil Liberties Union. Both are in a coalition that this week sued Arkansas , arguing that the state's new label restrictions — set to go...

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Britain's Conservative Party has chosen Boris Johnson to become the country's next prime minister, replacing the pragmatic and sometimes colorless Theresa May with a bombastic populist who favors a no-deal Brexit.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Monday to alter sentencing requirements for young offenders, which advocates are calling the most significant reform to hit the state’s juvenile justice system in a quarter-century. 

Oregon's suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law.

Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health reasons, as with regular sick days. In other words, if a student is feeling down, they can stay home from school without getting docked for missing classes.

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It's been a productive year, rebuilding the parts of Redding scorched by the Carr Fire.  But the work is a long way from being finished. 

We continue our year-later lookback with a visit on the long-term recovery of the Redding area.  The efforts get a boost from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation and the local chapter of the Salvation Army.  Both organizations are members of NorCal CRT (Community Recovery Team).


One of the greatest expenses of making wine is the cost of people. 

Much of the work in maintaining wine grapes, is the cost of doing the work by hand.  Many hands are required.  For now, that is; inventors continue to tweak designs for machines that can prune as well as pick in the vineyards. 

The Viticulture & Enology program at the University of California-Davis is involved in the transition, as is the UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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It's true you can drive right up to some of Northern California's giant redwood trees.  But you can also walk up to them and enjoy the difference in scale between their majestic height and our rather insignificant elevation. 

Plenty of hiking trails exist, and John Soares lists them in a new book: Hike the Parks: Redwood National & State Parks

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We devote several segments of this week's Exchange to a one-year lookback to the Carr Fire and its ongoing effects in the Redding area. 

But JPR News has other avenues of approach to covering wildfire past and present.  Exchange producer and reporter April Ehrlich has been working for months on collecting the individual stories of people who live in communities affected by wildfire. 

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President Trump announced an agreement on a two-year budget deal and debt-ceiling increase.

The deal would raise the debt ceiling past the 2020 elections and set $1.3 trillion for defense and domestic spending over the next two years.

It's tough to recall a time when listening to music — and making it — wasn't completely synonymous with streaming. The idea of filling an iPod up with carefully selected digital files almost feels like a distant memory, though it wasn't that long ago that these kinds of players, and the digital library of songs you built through them, embodied the future of music.

The California condor, North America's largest bird, once ruled the American Southwest and California's coastal mountains. The vulture-like bird was revered by Native Americans and was believed to contain spiritual powers.

Hundreds of years later, its future seemed all but certain. Defying odds, conservation efforts brought the species back and prevented it from joining the dodo in extinction.

Now, condor reintroduction celebrates a milestone: Chick No. 1,000 has hatched.


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