Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year. The agreement was reached after a proposal — backed by House Republicans and President Trump — to add stricter work requirements for those who receive food stamps was taken off the table. The...

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JPR Live Session: The Milk Carton Kids

All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do marks the first time that The Milk Carton Kids (acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale) have brought a band into the studio with them. " We wanted to do something new, " Pattengale says. " We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we'd been before. There arose some sort of need for change. " " Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette, " says Ryan. " It was liberating to know we wouldn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars. "

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Wild Horse Roundup Ends Up In Court

The U.S. Forest Service rounded up hundreds of wild horses in the Modoc National Forest back in October. Too many horses and too few resources for them, says the agency. It plans to sell the horses, with older (10 and up) animals going for as little as a dollar apiece. It's the lack of apparent restrictions that worries groups like American Wild Horse Campaign . The group and others believe the horses could be slaughtered. So they recently went to court to stop the sale.

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How One Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe

At a major climate meeting in Poland, nearly 200 countries are trying to reach a deal on dramatically reducing carbon emissions. But a recent U.N. report found that may not be enough to avoid dangerous impacts from the warming climate. In fact, the world is falling so far short of what's needed, it said, that it might be necessary to pull massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air. The problem is that there's no feasible — let alone economical — way to do that yet. But there are a...

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Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

Jenna Neikirk was nearing the end of her first pregnancy when her blood pressure shot up to dangerous levels. "I started feeling splotchy and hot, just kind of uncomfortable, so I took my blood pressure at work and it was 160 over 120," she says. Neikirk's a physical therapist in Atlanta and knew that level was alarmingly high. She left work and walked over to her obstetrician's office, which was in the same medical complex. "They took my blood pressure again and they decided to admit me to...

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The job title "firefighter" is self-explanatory; what it is is what they do. 

But wildland firefighters can have some questions about the tactics used on large fires.  That's the case with the group Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology, or FUSEE. 

FUSEE takes exception to the firefighting methods used in some environmentally sensitive areas, including on the Soberanes Fire in Southern California in 2016.  That fire alone cost more than a quarter of a billion dollars to fight, and included multiple retardant drops from planes, to little effect. 

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Just because trees grew here once doesn't mean they'll grow back just like they were before.  Forests can be tricky things to create, and it takes more than just planting a lot of trees. 

Darwin Moore knows that from years of experience.  He's this month's guest in our regular segment "Stories of Southern Oregon," curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

Darwin's days with the Forest Service included leading the crew that successfully replanted the notoriously difficult Cat Hill Burn near Butte Falls. 

9th Circuit To Rehear Case Challenging Deportations For Minors

Dec 10, 2018

In an unusual move, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is rehearing a case Monday in San Francisco before a full panel of 11 judges. It could guarantee minors facing deportation access to attorneys in immigration court.

Unlike minors who appear in criminal court, immigrant children aren’t entitled to a lawyer at hearings that can result in deportation. That means children who can’t afford an attorney or find one to take their case, are appearing in proceedings representing themselves.

California's building codes are not keeping up with the severe, wind-driven wildfires that are becoming the norm.

Ten years ago, the state passed strict new standards for homes built in high fire-risk areas.

Oregon lawmakers are ready to return to the table and restart discussions with Washington to replace the Interstate 5 bridge. In a press release sent out on Friday, Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, said the meeting “signals a new level of collaboration between the two states.” 

When it comes to election fraud, the "voting twice by dressing up with a different hat" tactic that President Trump talks about almost never happens.

A federal judge in Oregon has approved a $10 million judgment against Washington County and Corizon Health, following the 2014 death of a woman who died in the county jail.

The settlement is the highest Corizon — a private health care company which operates in jails and prisons across the country — has ever paid in a judgment of this kind and means the company and county accept responsibility.

On April 24, 2014, Madaline Pitkin, 26, was found dead in a cell in the Washington County Jail where she was detoxing from heroin.

Oregon Hemp Farmers Will Benefit From 2018 Farm Bill

Dec 7, 2018

Oregon hemp farmers will benefit from the 2018 Farm Bill if it passes in Congress. The bill includes a provision, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove a federal ban on hemp.

The bill would designate hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the controlled substances list. Farmers would have access to federal resources that previously weren’t available, like banking, small business loans and USDA research.

A New Wave Of Kids Is Coming Out As Transgender — And Doctors Are Trying To Keep Up

Dec 7, 2018
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Michael Alongi’s wardrobe usually involves a splash of rainbow: shoelaces, a bowtie, a pin. The 15-year-old’s cropped brown hair is even swirled with shades of blue.

He was born in a female body, but he says he didn’t feel like he was a girl. At the beginning of his freshman year, he started using “he” and “him” pronouns at his Sacramento high school, and also tried to deepen his voice. He isn’t shy about being gay and transgender.

“When I imagine myself when I’m 40, I imagine myself as male,” he said.

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