Retailers Ask Trump To Stop Tariff Threats On China

A group of more than 600 companies and trade associations have signed a letter to the president asking him to end the trade war with China and to drop tariffs. Retail giants like Walmart, Target, Macy's and Gap wrote that they are worried tariffs will lead to job loss and will harm consumers and the U.S. economy. "We remain concerned about the escalation of tit-for-tat tariffs," the companies wrote in the letter, which also went to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary...

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JPR Live Sessions Presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Ben Dickey

For a guy whose career has evolved more by serendipity than design, Ben Dickey ’s professional journey has turned into one heckuva ride. It’s not every day an obscure musician’s famous actor/ director friend hands him the lead in a passion-project indie film, and he not only winds up sharing the screen with one of his musical heroes, he also wins a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Achievement in Acting — and a Variety magazine “ for your consideration ” plug for a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

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Oregon State establishes hemp research center amid surge in farmer interest

Oregon State University has established what it considers to be the nation's largest hemp research center. This comes amid a surge of farmer interest in the Pacific Northwest to grow the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana.

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Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules

Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET Federal land managers on Wednesday proposed sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning. The U.S. Forest Service, under Chief Vicki Christiansen, is proposing revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act regulations that could limit environmental review and public input on projects ranging from forest health and wildfire mitigation to...

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Mind if we drop off a dead whale on your beach? Asking for a friend.

The tally of dead gray whales washing up on Pacific Northwest beaches during this year's northbound migration keeps going up. That's prompting an unusual request for volunteers from a federal agency.

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More than a year after allegations of sexual misconduct rocked the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers in the House agreed Thursday to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace culture.

The measures now head to the Senate.

Who Made The Cut: DNC Announces Primary Debate Contenders

Jun 13, 2019

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday the list of presidential candidates who will take the stage at the first primary debates, on June 26 and 27.

To accommodate the massive field of candidates, the debates will be spread over two nights, with 10 candidates taking the stage for each two-hour debate.

Here are the candidates who the DNC said have made the cut, in alphabetical order:

  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden*
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker*

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders To Leave The White House

Jun 13, 2019

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House, President Trump tweeted on Thursday.

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Most of the work of the Ashland New Plays Festival is staged readings of plays in development; ANPF's main event is in October.

But this weekend (June 14-15), the festival presents a full production. Subject matter and the playwright's bio clearly made this an easy choice: E.M. Lewis is from Oregon and wrote a play about the debate over firearms.

"The Gun Show" features a single actor and the playwright together, and takes a middle-of-the-road approach more interested in discussion than debate.

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Maybe a quarter of the people in the world will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. So it's not rare, but seeking treatment can be.

Southern Oregon Compass House in Medford welcomes people dealing with persistent mental illness. And once a month in our shared Compass Radio segment, we get to meet house members, to hear their personal stories.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman declined to find the state in contempt of a longstanding federal court order that dictates admissions for people with mental illnesses at the Oregon State Hospital.

Mosman’s ruling comes despite the state being out of compliance and over the objections of mental health advocates currently suing the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the hospital, because of the delays.

Rob Freres Jr., an Oregon timber company owner long known for his political activism, has given $1 million to the referendum campaign seeking to overturn a new business tax to fund schools.

The donation from Freres, president of the Freres Lumber Co. in the Santiam Canyon town of Lyons, shows that opponents of the tax will likely have the financial resources to put the issue on the ballot.

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail are emphasizing their support for expanded abortion rights, but in Washington, House Democrats are preparing to retain a decades-long ban on most federal funding for abortions.

Multiple swastikas were painted on sidewalks, benches, poles-- and one downtown Eugene business, Wednesday morning. The Eugene Police Department is currently investigating the rash of hate-speech graffiti. 

Update 6/14/2019 | 9:00 am -- Our engineers are travelling to the site early this afternoon to diagnose the issue. They will return to the site early next week to begin repairs.

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