Trump Orders An Additional 1,500 Troops To The Middle East

Updated at 6:27 p.m. ET President Trump has ordered some 1,500 troops to the Gulf region to serve a "mostly protective" purpose for American forces and interests. Trump made the announcement to reporters on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One. In a Pentagon briefing on Friday, Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, would not say where the additional troops would be sent, other than that they would not be heading to Iraq and Syria. Some of the forces have...

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JPR Live Sessions Presented By Sierra Nevada Brewing: Devon Gilfillian

There is deep soul in the music of Devon Gilfillian —but for the talented Nashville-based singer-songwriter and bandleader, that descriptor goes way beyond a mere genre classification. Growing up in Philadelphia on a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues, and soul music, Gilfillian gravitated to records that ignited his mind while making his body move.

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How America Avoided A Plague Epidemic

Bubonic plague in California? It happened, more than a century ago. The first case showed up in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1900 and was quickly confirmed. But not by authorities, who denied the existence of the disease for a full two years. Then it fell on health workers to address the outbreak and keep it from spreading. David Randall tells the story in the book Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague .

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Oregon Legislator On The Power, Frustration Of Being The Only Black House Member

Across the country, state legislatures have become more diverse over the past four years.New lawmakers bring different backgrounds and life experiences, and that can lead them to push for more inclusive measures. In Oregon, Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, is the only African American legislator in the state House. Last summer, Bynum was canvassing voters in her district when someone one of her constituents called the police on her. The encounter ended with Bynum and the officer taking a...

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Why California’s Efforts To Limit Soda Keep Fizzling

Earlier this year, Democrats in the state Capitol introduced several measures intended to limit Californians’ consumption of soda, arguing that rotting teeth and rising diabetes presented a public health crisis demanding action akin to regulations on cigarettes. They proposed taxing soda, banning Big Gulps, prohibiting in-store discounts on soft drinks, banishing them from the front of convenience stores, and slapping safety warning labels on all sugary beverages from Coca-Cola and sports...

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A group of students from the gun safety group March For Our Lives were in Salem on Thursday to meet with Oregon lawmakers and their staff over a recently nixed piece of firearm legislation.

Fifteen-year-old Finn Jacobson and the rest of the March For Our Lives students campaigned for Gov. Kate Brown and various legislators during last year’s midterm election. At the time, Democrats promised to pass gun control laws.

A controversial bill to reduce the skyrocketing costs of Oregon’s public pension system narrowly passed the state Senate Thursday as lawmakers debated the fairness of trimming retirement benefits for public employees.

The measure passed on with 16 yes votes – the minimum needed for passage — and 12 senators opposed. The coalition in favor was unusually bipartisan as many Democrats refused to part ways with the public employee unions.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

The Senate approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires.

The measure passed overwhelmingly — 85-8.

The Waiting Game: When Hospitals Say No, Where Can Uninsured Californians Find Surgery?

May 23, 2019
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Leticia isn’t sure where she is on the waitlist.

She knows it’s been about seven months since she asked a pro bono surgery program for help with her aching left knee, and her doctor says it could be another half a year until her number comes up. She knows there are other patients in front of her who can’t afford the procedure, and who, like her, are depending on volunteer physicians to get their lives back on track.

In the plan, Western Communications outlines the terms of its own demise, but provides few details on who might buy the newspapers, real estate and other assets. The corporation owes roughly $30 million in debt, about two thirds of which is secured under a single creditor through the terms of a previous bankruptcy. This week’s court filing assures creditors the company is negotiating with a short list of buyers.

The Classics & News service in some areas of Oregon and Northern California will be off the air today while our engineers work on repairing the antenna for KSOR. The antenna was damaged by falling ice this winter. Service should be restored before the end of the day.

In the meantime you can listen to all three of our services using the listen live feature at the top of the page. 

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U.S. Brings New Charges Against Julian Assange In War Logs, State Cables Case

May 23, 2019

Updated at 5:54 p.m. ET

Prosecutors are bringing a slate of new charges against Julian Assange, including alleged violations of the Espionage Act, raising the stakes for his prospective extradition from the United Kingdom.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on Wednesday became Oregon’s second U.S. House member to call for impeachment proceedings to start against President Donald Trump.

“The president and the administration are sending the message they’re above the law,” Bonamici, D-Ore., told OPB.

She accused Trump of a variety of impeachable offenses, ranging from obstructing the Mueller investigation of his administration to human rights abuses in separating children from their families at the border.

On the 100 year anniversary of the University of Oregon’s Pioneer statue, dozens of students and faculty called for its removal. As KLCC’s Melorie Begay reports, they see it as memorializing colonial violence.

Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been "retired" since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It's a trend that continues despite President Trump's support for coal. That has left many communities worried that those now-idled places will simply be mothballed.

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