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The shutting of the recycling pipeline to China put a serious dent in recycling efforts on this side of the Pacific.  Where we could once bale up our recyclables and ship them overseas, we're now stuck with them, since China won't take them. 

As the group Environment Oregon points out, that means recycling efforts are backsliding; fewer people are recycling or able to, and more of our stuff ends up in landfills, which recycling was supposed to prevent. 

Before you get a novelty Christmas song hopelessly stuck in your head, take a musical interlude with Josh Gross, in Rogue Sounds. 

Josh is a music creator, with multiple talents of his own.  He's also a lover of music in many forms and genres. 

Josh compiles a list of musical acts playing the region in the coming weeks, and presents his compilation in Rogue Sounds, once a month. 

California Political Observers Still See National Potential For Kamala Harris

Dec 4, 2019
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Kamala Harris officially ended her Democratic presidential campaign Tuesday, but California political observers said the U.S. Senator could still have a long and formidable career ahead. 

Mike Madrid, a Republican political consultant, said Harris will escape some damage by getting out early and avoiding possibly embarrassing losses in early states, including her home state. 

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The Ashland City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that could make way for a new Jackson County jail. Previously, Ashland was the only city in Jackson County blocking the plan.

At Coquille Point along the remote and rugged southern Oregon Coast, the wind is tumultuous and the sea just as violent. Huge waves crash up against the giant, moss-cloaked rocks perched off the beach.

This particular stretch of the Oregon coastline is famous for being pristine and wild. But train your eyes down a little closer to the beach and sand as Angela Haseltine Pozzi so often does, and even here you'll find bits of plastic.

"I think the most disturbing thing I find is detergent bottles and bleach bottles with giant bite marks out of them by fish," she says.

Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET

Wednesday marked the beginning of a new phase in House Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump.

What members called the fact-finding portion of the process is complete, so the House Judiciary Committee began assessing what action to take and what articles of impeachment to draft, if it decides to draft them.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has released a draft of a new management plan for hundreds of thousands of acres of state forestland on the west side of the state.

A business-backed effort to get Oregon voters to reduce the costs of the state’s public pension system has quietly closed shop — at least for the 2020 election.

Backers had filed five potential ballot measures sponsored by two prominent Oregon political figures — former Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski and former Republican state Sen. Chris Telfer — that would revamp the benefits provided by the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.

The Oregon Health Authority has identified three additional cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping.

The state has now seen a total of 20 cases of EVALI — what health officials are referring to as 'E-cigarette or Vaping Product Associated Lung Injury.' Two cases have been fatal.

The latest three cases have come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent, as one possible cause.

The CDC said other causes may emerge as research continues.

Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET

Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead investigator in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, says the House Intelligence Committee's report "shows abundant evidence" that Trump used the power of his office to "condition official acts" in exchange for political favors.

In other words, the California Democrat says Trump met a threshold set forth in the Constitution that says a president can be impeached and removed from office for committing treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Kamala Harris Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Dec 3, 2019

Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET

California Sen. Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential race, citing a lack of funds. She informed her campaign staff of the decision on a conference call and later sent an email to supporters, in which she wrote "my campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue."


If you plan on purchasing health insurance on the marketplace for 2020, time is running out.  The sign-up period for next year closes on December 15th. 

For Oregon buyers, the state collects the available plans for perusal at the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

Sitting next to each other with cameras rolling on Tuesday, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron made their differences known on trade, Turkey, Russia, ISIS and the appropriate role for NATO.

Early on in the extended exchange between the leaders of two of the most significant powers in the NATO alliance, Trump expressed confidence that their personal connection could overcome policy disagreements.

"That's usually the case with the two of us," Trump said. "We get it worked out."

Image of metal doors of cells in a jail.
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The Ashland City Council has signed onto  a plan to expand the Jackson County jail. Now, county voters will decide whether to spend $171 million to increase the jail’s size from around 300 to around 800 beds. 

James Cadogan of Arnold Ventures works with cities on criminal justice reforms. He’s a former lawyer with the NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice. JPR's Erik Neumann spoke with Cadogan about potential jail alternatives in Jackson County. 

California Legislature Won't Disclose Latest Sexual Harassment Complaint Data

Dec 3, 2019
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The California Legislature spent nearly $2 million last year investigating sexual harassment accusations involving lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists, and received 15 new allegations — including four against state senators and two separate complaints against an Assembly member.

Oregon Report Finds Little Racial Disparity In Traffic Stops

Dec 3, 2019
Danielle Peterson

Among most of the largest law enforcement agencies in Oregon, there was little evidence of racial or ethnic disparity for drivers who faced traffic stops by police, according to a first-of-its-kind state report.

Updated at 7:02 p.m. ET

The White House pursued a "months-long effort" involving top officials to extract concessions from Ukraine's government aimed at helping President Trump's reelection in 2020, House Democrats charged in a new report.

A blazing haystack puts out a ton of heat and light, and smells like a big cigar. 

Early Saturday morning, Nov. 30, in Washington's Tri-Cities region, a haystack was set alight north of Pasco in Franklin County. The fire was called in by an air traffic controller at the Tri-Cities airport in Pasco who could see it from miles away.

It was the year 2000 in the Oregon coast town of Coquille when 15-year-old Leah Freeman went missing and was soon after found dead.

The case went cold for almost a decade before Nicholas McGuffin, Freeman’s boyfriend at the time of her death, was indicted for her murder, without any evidence connecting him to the crime.

House Republicans are pushing back against the impeachment investigation into President Trump, writing in a 123-page report that Democrats have not proven "evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor."

The letter is a prebuttal to the Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry report, which is expected to be released Tuesday ahead of an evening committee meeting on its conclusions. A House Intelligence Committee official said this evening that report was now available for members to review.