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Oregon’s high desert is getting crowded, so wind power advocates are once again looking to the sea.

At a conference last week in Portland, ocean energy advocates presented an update on the state of offshore wind power in Oregon. Costs have dropped dramatically since the last failed attempt to harness the wind over Oregon’s Pacific waters, making an offshore, deep-water wind farm once again seem feasible.

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The price of oil saw a massive price spike Monday following drone strikes on a Saudi oil facility over the weekend that has shut off more than half of the kingdom's daily exports, or about 5% of the world's crude production.

Benchmark Brent crude briefly surged almost 20% in early trading before settling to 10% higher, up $6 to $66.28 per barrel, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. benchmark West Texas crude was up 9%.

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The Oregon State Penitentiary Friday received an envelope with a mysterious substance in it, just days after Coffee Creek Correctional Facility received a similar delivery.  

After the state prison reported receiving the envelope, at around 11 a.m., its mail room was secured and evacuated. As a precaution, one employee from the mail room was taken to a local hospital.  

State police were onsite, and the Salem Fire Department eventually cleared the building as safe for employees to return to work.  

Can you see it? The fire in the photo above?

A single tree burning doesn't put up much smoke.

There's a flash of lightning, sizzling across the sky. Then a pause as bark smolders and flames creep, building heat until poof: a signal in the sky.

Philip Connors, gazing outward from a tower, sees it as a new dent on the crest of a distant ridge. He's spent thousands of hours contemplating the contours of southwest New Mexico. The fuzzy smudge is out of place.

Farmers in the rural Midwest say they are struggling because of President Trump's ongoing trade war and a recent decision the president made on renewable fuels made from corn and soybeans that benefits the oil industry.

"We're tightening our belt," farmer Aaron Lehman says while driving his tractor down a rural road near his farm north of Des Moines, Iowa. "We're talking to our lenders, our landlords [and] our input suppliers."

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Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for drone strikes on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities early Saturday, according to a statement by a Houthi spokesman.

On Sunday, September 15th PG&E will be replacing an electric power pole at our tower site on Bunker Hill. They will shut of power to our site from approximately 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. In Humboldt County, our Classics & News service on 102.5 FM and our News & Information service 91.5 FM  will be affected. Our Classics & News service on 101.9 FM in Mendocino will also be off the air while they complete the work.

In the meantime, you can hear any of our three services using the Listen Live feature at the top of the page, or listen through the JPR app.

Sen. Toni Atkins watches the SB 1 debate on the Assembly floor.
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Sen. Toni Atkins watches the SB 1 debate on the Assembly floor.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has sought to position himself as one of the leading domestic critics of President Trump, will veto a newly passed bill that would have blocked the administration's rollbacks of Obama-era environmental standards.

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Two Oregon agencies have weighed in on the growing health concerns around vaping and e-cigarettes in the wake of six deaths nationwide related to the practice, including one Oregon fatality. 

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New York state Attorney General Letitia James says the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, used Swiss bank accounts to transfer $1 billion from the company to itself.

The allegation, which came in court documents filed late Friday, indicates that the Sackler family is trying to keep its wealth free from potential liability in other court cases involving Purdue Pharma's role in the opioid crisis.

A closely watched but controversial treatment for peanut allergies took a big step closer to becoming widely available.

On Friday, an advisory committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 7-2 to approve Palforzia, a standardized peanut powder product, to help reduce allergic reactions to peanuts for patients ages 4 to 17 as part of oral immunotherapy protocol. The treatment was developed by pharmaceutical company Aimmune Therapeutics.

As a founding member of the cul-favorite Americana/alt.Country group .357 String Band, Joseph Huber was already making waves as a talented instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Following the breakup of that band, he's added recording engineer, record producer, and general jack of all trades to his list of attributes.

Utility giant PG&E has agreed to a second large settlement over devastating Northern California wildfires, saying it will pay $11 billion to resolve most insurance claims from the wine country fires in 2017 and massive Camp Fire in 2018.

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New research at Portland State University says climate change is decreasing the amount of snow in the Pacific Northwest. And that has implications for water resources in the region.

Portland State University’s Climate Science Lab’s collected data from 157 snow monitoring stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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UPDATE (Sept. 12, 3:29 p.m. PT) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing a southeast Oregon fish from the endangered species list.

Pinball Wizards Keep The Flame Alive In Northern California

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Every summer, the annual Golden State Pinball Festival is held in Lodi and attracts characters as colorful as the machines they came to play. 

5 Questions Answered About The 3rd Democratic Debate

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Heading into Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, the third this campaign season, we had five political questions.

Here's how they got answered:

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It’s been a bad week for Juul — which faces a growing health scare, federal accusations of false advertising to minors and a possible ban on its flavored products. But as of Tuesday, the San Francisco-based e-cigarette giant can rest assured that Sacramento legislators will not be adding to their woes anytime soon.

The Trump administration is finalizing plans to repeal an Obama-era water protections rule.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the repeal Thursday of the Waters of the United States rule — the first step in a two-step rule making process.

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September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether. Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together. Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

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