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NW Natural Gas Supply Restored After Canadian Pipeline Explosion

UPDATE: THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 4:30 p.m. -- Utilities in Oregon and Washington have told their customers they can resume normal use of natural gas. They'd asked users to conserve yesterday, after a pipeline in Canada exploded, disrupting the flow of gas to much of the Northwest. The blast disrupted natural gas deliveries from British Columbia to southern Oregon.

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JPR Live Session: Patrick Sweany

Nashville vocalist/guitarist Patrick Sweany doesn’t hold back on his latest studio album, Ancient Noise . Sweany recorded the new tunes with GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Matt Ross-Spang after Ross-Spang invited Sweany to check out his new homebase at legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. The studio that Phillips had custom built in the 70s has been meticulously refurbished by the Phillips family. “ Sam Phillips Recording is the best place on earth to record a rock ‘n’ roll album, ” says Sweany. “ I live for going into the sessions with no pre-production rehearsals with the band, we just cut the album on the floor of Studio A song-by-song. ”

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Burning On Purpose: Klamath TREX

After a long and costly fire season, few people want to talk about burning trees. Unless it's their job to do so. We're reminded frequently that fire is a natural part of life in our forests, and the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership is right in the middle of its annual training exchange , or TREX. The 13-day event involves controlled burns and many other activities related to fire-adapted ecosystems.

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Can Genome Sequencing Help Northwest Orcas Recover?

This summer, an orca known as J-35 made national headlines while carrying the body of her dead calf for 17 days in the waters of the Salish Sea. Her loss gripped the nation and was also a huge blow for the Southern Resident killer whale population . That’s because over the past 30 years the population of these Pacific Northwest orcas has declined 25 percent.

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Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

If temperatures increase in California because of climate change, snow could melt earlier in the Sierra Nevada — and you might only find it at higher elevations.

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JPR Classics Live: Cassatt String Quartet

Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances in London for the Sapphire Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, New York's Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs - in Paris and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio's Performance Today, Boston's WGBH, New York's WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada's CBC Radio and Radio France.

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An “on-again-off-again” proposal for a nickel mine in southwest Oregon is on again. And members of both Oregon’s and California’s congressional delegations have written to federal officials to demand the lawmakers be kept in the loop.


State Rep. Knute Buehler attempted to make the first gubernatorial debate with Gov. Kate Brown a referendum on her leadership, but the format — fielding questions from high school students from all over the state — made such a direct confrontation difficult.

The lowkey debate Tuesday pit two familiar foes against each other; Brown, the Democrat, and Buehler, the Republican, ran against each other for Oregon secretary of state in 2012. Since the candidates were taking questions from students, they touched on topics that haven’t been dominating the airwaves.

Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley filed an emergency motion late Tuesday to compel President Donald Trump to release Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s full record ahead of a Senate confirmation vote.

Merkley said Trump has withheld thousands of pages of documents from Kavanaugh’s record under “presidential privilege.”

The motion asks the court to force Trump to release those records, which Merkley says the Senate has a “constitutional responsibility” to review.

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The world is aware of the conversion of forest to farm in many places.  And governments and businesses have dedicated themselves to stopping deforestation for commodity production. 

A recent scientific report shows that much more work is needed; the rate of deforestation has not declined. 

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Oregon already had some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, before the legislature passed House Bill 3391 last year.  That extended state payments for abortions to include people living in the country illegally. 

And it made putting Measure 106 on the ballot easier for its supporters.  106 would forbid state tax money from being used for most abortions. 

Supporters of the measure--No on abortion is Yes on the measure--visited on October 2nd. 

Forward Together and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon are among the groups opposing 106. 

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We cast our attention backwards on the musical timeline pretty easily, from hip-hop back to Bach.  But before that?  A little fuzzy, generally. 

And that's why Musica Matrix exists, to share music from the time of Shakespeare and earlier with audiences young and old.  The group plays this Saturday (October 6th) at Ashland Springs Hotel. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is pushing back against Trump administration rollbacks of environmental protections at the federal level. On Wednesday morning she announced legislation that would maintain Oregon’s water and air quality rules at the same level or higher than they were the day before the president took office.

One of the stated goals of the legislation is to protect public health welfare from the adverse effects of pollution and climate change.

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Josh Gross expresses his passion for music so well, we only give him 15 minutes on the air.  A month. 

And he makes the most of the time, exposing us to a handful of bands making appearances in the region in the coming weeks. 

It's a segment we call Rogue Sounds, and it's an early kickoff to a weekend that includes our First Friday Arts segment. 

You're forgiven if you missed the fact that Congress failed to renew the federal Farm Bill before the September 30 deadline. But people in farm country around the Pacific Northwest noticed.

Four men connected to a white supremacist group based in California have been arrested and charged with rioting at last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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