Why California’s Efforts To Limit Soda Keep Fizzling

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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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.

Vajra Alaya-Maitreya is suing the agencies for more than $10 million, claiming that her brother’s death could have been avoided if TriMet and PPB’s transit officers had taken more action.  

Namkai-Meche was stabbed and killed while attempting to intervene when Jeremy Christian was yelling hate speech at two African-American girls on the train in May of 2017.  

Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland

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As Oregon’s climate policies steer the state toward renewable energy like solar, its land use laws are putting up roadblocks.

On Thursday, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state.

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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.

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.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require local and regional jails to provide the state with information about the people in their custody, as well as details about the health care inmates receive.

“It is important as we seek to improve health care provided at local and regional correctional facilities that our efforts are based on good data and informed by national best practices,” Brown said in a statement.

The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature with bipartisan support.

Memorial Day weekend travel will be the busiest it’s been since 2005, with almost 43 million Americans traveling for the long weekend.

More than 37 million of those people will be traveling by car. According to AAA, that’s the biggest number of road-trippers on record.   

The Oregon House of Representatives on Thursday passed sweeping changes to sentencing rules for juvenile offenders, a dramatic shift to tough-on-crime guidelines voters approved 25 years ago.

In a tight vote — held earlier than expected due to a speed-up maneuver by House leadership — representatives voted 40-18 for Senate Bill 1008, the bare minimum required to pass it.

Civil rights advocates and law enforcement groups have reached an agreement in the California legislature on new rules for when police can use deadly force.

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.

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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.

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

May 23, 2019

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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.

Central American migrants who were detained in a Border Patrol holding facility in McAllen, Texas, described atrocious living conditions and widespread sickness.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection shut down its largest migrant processing center in South Texas for 24 hours on Tuesday after 32 detainees got sick with the flu. This is the same location where a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy became sick, and died Monday at another Border Patrol station.

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.

Oregon lawmakers want the state’s college and universities to get serious about making sure that textbooks are affordable. They're advancing a measure that would require schools to create a plan to bring down the cost of textbooks, which can add up to hundreds of dollars a semester.