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Preschool teacher Lorena Gomez’s work days begin at 6:30 a.m. when she welcomes a dozen 3-year-olds into her classroom. Every day, Gomez spends nine hours standing, sitting and crouching at the height of a toddler, passing out snacks, overseeing playtimes and teaching tiny Californians their numbers, shapes, colors, letters, and social niceties. She marvels, she says, at how quickly they grow—that is, when she has time.

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Britain's Conservative Party has chosen Boris Johnson to become the country's next prime minister, replacing the pragmatic and sometimes colorless Theresa May with a bombastic populist who favors a no-deal Brexit.

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You might be surprised to hear, but American football is highly popular in Japan. In fact, there are more teams in Japan’s pro league than the NFL. This connection is celebrated in Ashland every two years.

Trump’s California Funders—Where They Are And What They’re Giving

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This may come as surprise to the president, the national media and more than a few Californians, but there are plenty of Trump supporters in the “Resistance State,” too. And since the beginning of the year, they’ve been spending a lot of money to keep the president in the White House.

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One recent Saturday morning, about a hundred people sat on folding chairs in a hall at the First Christian Church in Downey. They were there for the church’s weekly food distribution. 

Volunteers called out names from a list as people waited their turn to get in line for donated groceries. 

Among those waiting was Janette Perez. She sat in one row of chairs, holding her baby boy in her lap. Her 6-year-old-son played nearby. It was their first time here. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Monday to alter sentencing requirements for young offenders, which advocates are calling the most significant reform to hit the state’s juvenile justice system in a quarter-century. 

Oregon's suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law.

Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health reasons, as with regular sick days. In other words, if a student is feeling down, they can stay home from school without getting docked for missing classes.

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It's been a productive year, rebuilding the parts of Redding scorched by the Carr Fire.  But the work is a long way from being finished. 

We continue our year-later lookback with a visit on the long-term recovery of the Redding area.  The efforts get a boost from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation and the local chapter of the Salvation Army.  Both organizations are members of NorCal CRT (Community Recovery Team).

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It's true you can drive right up to some of Northern California's giant redwood trees.  But you can also walk up to them and enjoy the difference in scale between their majestic height and our rather insignificant elevation. 

Plenty of hiking trails exist, and John Soares lists them in a new book: Hike the Parks: Redwood National & State Parks

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President Trump announced an agreement on a two-year budget deal and debt-ceiling increase.

The deal would raise the debt ceiling past the 2020 elections and set $1.3 trillion for defense and domestic spending over the next two years.

Equifax To Pay Up To $700 Million In Data Breach Settlement

Jul 22, 2019

Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

Equifax will pay up to $700 million in fines and monetary relief to consumers over a 2017 data breach at the credit reporting bureau that affected nearly 150 million people.

It's tough to recall a time when listening to music — and making it — wasn't completely synonymous with streaming. The idea of filling an iPod up with carefully selected digital files almost feels like a distant memory, though it wasn't that long ago that these kinds of players, and the digital library of songs you built through them, embodied the future of music.

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California, a state with the nation’s highest poverty rate, consistently ranks near the bottom when it comes to enrolling low-income people in CalFresh, the state’s name for the federal food stamp program.

A small group of union activists gathered outside the Fred Meyer store in Eugene Friday to call attention to what they say is gender-pay inequity.

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  In the real estate firm where she works, Monica Rivera has a window office. 

At 29, she has a great job, managing a team of agents. She has a degree from USC. The walls of her office are adorned with the awards she’s won and family photos.

In the center of one wall is a small, framed photo that stands out. It’s a faded black and white snapshot of a woman with dark hair, seated at a workbench, making something with her hands. Rivera calls her Abuela Nina – her grandmother.  

Giant rats sound like something to be scared of, perhaps. But the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, thinks quite the opposite about the African giant pouched rats it just put on display. The rodents are billed as "hero rats."

The new artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is about to show audiences a taste of her work.

Nataki Garrett has worked in several major cities, including Denver, the Los Angeles area, and Dallas. She's been in Ashland for visits since April and she begins full-time at the festival Aug. 1.

The year was 1966. LBJ was president. The Beatles topped the charts with "Revolver." And the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union was on — including in the Central Oregon town of Bend.

So much so, says local resident Rick Miller, that “they called Bend ‘moon country.’”

The Trump administration is planning changes to the U.S. citizenship test. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it is revising the test to ensure that "it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant's civics knowledge."

Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago on July 20. Former astronaut Michael Collins was a member of the historic mission.

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In an early version of the audio, we incorrectly referred to the far side of the moon as the dark side of the moon.

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