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California May Push Cities And Counties To Draw 'Fairer' Districts

Rhonda Shader is tired of looking at maps of Placentia. First as a councilmember and now as the mayor, Shader has seen the 7-square miles of her north Orange County town sliced and diced at least a dozen ways to satisfy the demands of good governance groups who accuse the city’s leaders of gerrymandering and discrimination.

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JPR Live Sessions Presented By Sierra Nevada: Mike Edel

" What is the future, if this is now ?” asks Canadian-born Mike Edel on his latest single. This question, echoing throughout the lush indie-rock track “Challenger,” recounting the 1986 Space Shuttle tragedy and the loss of optimism in technology, politics and beyond, similarly echoes throughout Edel’s latest album Thresholds , produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla.

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A Graphic Look At The Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is often associated with Appalachia, but the drugs are all over the country. And the responses to the epidemic are all over the map. The University of Michigan actually laid out that map , several, actually, showing where addiction is high and low, and showing where services are numerous and not. The map shows some big differences on both counts, between counties in our part of the country.

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Rippling Rainbow Map Shows How California Earthquakes Moved The Earth

Curious how much the ground shifted after the two large earthquakes last week in Southern California? NASA has just the map for that question — and it happens to look like beautiful, psychedelic art. On July 4, a 6.4 magnitude quake hit the town of Ridgecrest, north of Los Angeles. The next evening, the area was jolted again by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Luckily, there were no serious injuries or major infrastructure damage. The map was created by the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis team...

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Mind the gap: Efforts aim to stitch together long trails, getting hikers off highway’s edge

Long-distance hiking can be the experience of a lifetime. It also can present dicey to mundane hurdles, like having to hike stretches along busy highways or logging roads. Trail crews are working this summer to improve some enticing regional routes -- that you may or may not have tried -- including the Oregon Coast Trail and the east-west Pacific Northwest Trail.

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A group of four minority Democratic congresswomen targeted by President Trump in a series of Sunday morning tweets denounced his racist remarks and accused him of "stoking white nationalism."

The state of Oregon says federal environmental impact findings for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project are inadequate and sometimes incorrect. State agencies submitted 250 pages of comments to federal energy regulators late last week on the project’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to determine whether the controversial project can be built.

As we age, the risk of falling increases and becomes increasingly perilous. A fall can be a real health setback for a frail, elderly person. And, more older adults are dying from falls today than 20 years ago. A recent study showed that more than 25,000 U.S.

Sun exposure is the leading risk factor for developing melanoma. And there's evidence that alcohol consumption is linked to an increased risk of skin cancer, too.

Part of the explanation is that when people drink, they tend to be more lackadaisical: They're less likely to apply sunscreen and more likely to spend too much time in the sun, be it at the beach or pool. But this isn't the whole story.

A second Utah facility where Oregon sends foster care children is shutting down.

The news that Mount Pleasant Academy is closing comes immediately after news that Red Rock Canyon School in St. George, Utah, is also closing its doors after reports that children were being abused in the facility.

Both treatment facilities are owned by the same parent company, Sequel Child & Family Services.

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A proposal in California that would stiffen immunization requirements for children on welfare has quietly advanced in the Legislature, despite other vaccine proposals sparking protests at the Capitol this year.

Judges on a federal appeals court grilled President Trump's lawyer and the counsel for the House of Representatives on Friday over Trump's effort to block a subpoena ordering his accounting firm to turn over financial records.

The Democratic-led House oversight committee requested the information from Trump's longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, in April. The panel's subpoena seeks financial records and other documents related to Trump's personal and business finances dating to 2011.

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Having the Senate Republicans walk out of the Capitol--twice--took up a lot of headlines.  But there was more to this year's session of the Oregon Legislature than that. 

Legislators have now had two weeks to sleep off the effects of the session, and we want to catch up with them about accomplishments and missteps.  Democrats from both houses join us here, when Sen. Jeff Golden and Rep. Pam Marsh, both of Ashland, visit. 

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We wouldn't have these jobs if we didn't believe in the power of audio.  Craig Black got to a similar place many years ago, deciding to start a company that specialized in what we then called "books on tape." 

The tape is gone, but the books are not, and what became Blackstone Publishing is thriving.  We get the story on the birth and growth of the company in our regular business segment, The Ground Floor. 

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down after criticism over his role in a nonprosecution deal reached years ago with the well-connected businessman accused of sex crimes, Jeffrey Epstein.

Acosta appeared on Friday at the White House with President Trump and announced his resignation.

"I do not think it is fair for this administration's Labor Department to have Epstein as its focus rather than the incredible economy we have today," Acosta said. "The right thing was to step aside."

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