Trump Administration Proposes Sweeping Changes To Federal Family Planning Program

The Trump administration has issued its final draft of a rule that makes sweeping changes to Title X, the federal program that provides birth control and other reproductive health services to millions of low-income Americans. Under the new rule , posted Friday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs, any organization that provides or refers patients for abortions is ineligible for Title X funding to cover STD prevention, cancer screenings and...

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JPR Live Session: Jeffrey Martin & Mick Flannery

As a babe Jeffrey Martin sought out solitude as often as he could find it. He's always been that way, and he has never understood the whole phenomenon of smiling in pictures, although he is a very happy guy. One night in middle school he stayed up under the covers with a flashlight and a DiscMan, listening to Reba McEntire's 'That's the Night that the Lights Went Out in Georgia' on repeat until the DiscMan ran out of batteries.

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Snowpack In Oregon: Better East Of The Mountains

By the middle of February, a majority of the snow basins east of the Oregon Cascades were actually above normal. West of the mountains, it's a different story... but a familiar one, based on recent years. Snowpack just has not measured up for many of those years. Scott Oviatt works for the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the federal government, keeping an eye on snowpack levels.

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Oakland, Los Angeles And More To Come: Why Teachers Keep Going On Strike

The current wave of teacher walkouts started a year ago this week, when educators across West Virginia were out of the classroom for nine days. The movement spread to five more states before the school year was over . New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that almost a half a million U.S. workers were off the job in strikes or lockouts during 2018, and nearly 400,000 of them were teachers. It was the biggest year for work stoppages since 1986. This year, individual districts —...

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Family Reunites With Dog That Disappeared During The Deadly Camp Fire

After the deadliest wildfire in California's history last year, one family that fled has received a little joy. The family was reunited with its dog, Kingston, who disappeared shortly after the Camp Fire started. The Ballejos family told Sacramento's KXTV that Kingston, an Akita, jumped out of the truck as they were evacuating the wildfire area in Paradise, Calif. "When I found out, [it] just about brought me to tears," Gabriel Ballejos, Kingston's owner, told the station. "I'm so proud of...

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Chuck Grimmett

The acres and acres of land in the region planted in cannabis should have been a clue: growers were making too much product. 

The glut of marijuana crashed the market, bringing prices way down.  Great for consumers, but economically hazardous for the growers. 

There is one spot that may be bright for producers but a concern from other angles: marijuana usage appears to be on the rise in Oregon and in the other states that legalized weed for personal, recreational use. 

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis tracks the trend. 

When Sheriffs Won't Enforce The Law

Feb 21, 2019

Last fall, voters in Washington state approved a package of firearms restrictions, generally called I-1639. It raises the minimum age for buying semi-automatic rifles, tightens background checks and makes it a crime to fail to store a gun safely, if the gun ends up in the wrong hands.

The restrictions have raised the ire of some county sheriffs.

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday refused to attend a hearing of a high-profile legislative committee, initiating a showdown with Democratic leaders over conduct by a senior member of their party.

READ MORE: Rep. Mitch Greenlick Out As Chair Of Oregon House Health Care Committee

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he's exploring his options to try to block the growth of a terminal that unloads oil train cars in North Portland.

Zenith Energy, tucked between the river and Forest Park in the city’s northwest industrial district, began receiving train shipments of crude from Canada’s oil sands last year, records show. Now there are obvious signs of construction underway; the company is building three new rail platforms used to offload oil.

As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

The Eugene City Council listened to over 40 community members during a public hearing on a new panhandling ordinance last night. If passed, the city could start fining motorists $50 for handing out personal property, including money, to pedestrians on the street.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy says the state’s low unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily mean fewer families are living in poverty. The group’s newest report suggests that over 68 percent of households with one working parent live below the poverty line.

California Lawmakers Want To Tax Sugary Drinks And Regulate Soda Sizes

Feb 20, 2019
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How sodas are taxed, sold and marketed in California could change under a newly proposed package of bills.

Five state lawmakers each introduced a bill on Wednesday aimed at reducing the amount of sugary drinks that are sold in California. The suite of bills is co-sponsored by the California medical and dental associations.   

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Marthe Cohn escaped Nazi oppression in France before the Allies liberated the country.  But rather than celebrate the freedom, she chose to enter Germany--potentially lethal for a Jew--to spy for the French in the waning days of the war. 

It's a story she tells in her book Behind Enemy Lines, a story she'll recap in an appearance in Ashland on February 26th. 

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We don't like to think about death.  And that's a problem when the event approaches and we've made no plans. 

It takes some advance thinking to stay healthy late in life and meet the end of life on our own terms.  Northern Californian Katy Butler walks us through the kind of thinking necessary in the book The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life


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