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Molly Tuttle's facility on acoustic guitar is already well-known, but on her recently released debut album When You're Ready (Compass Records), she also displays her songwriting skills. She sat down with Eric Teel to talk about her upbringing in a musical home, her practice routine, and her recent haul of awards.

Republican Senators, White House Map Out Impeachment Trial

Nov 22, 2019

As the House appears to wrap up the investigative phase of its impeachment inquiry, a group of Senate Republicans met Thursday with White House officials, including counsel Pat Cipollone, to map out how a potential trial on articles of impeachment of President Trump could play out in the upper chamber.

During an extended phone interview with Fox & Friends on Friday morning, the president said he would like Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, to be called as a witness.

"Frankly, I want a trial," he said.

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Drivers of cars that use little or no gasoline can smile as they drive past gas pumps.  But in Oregon as of January 1, 2020, the smile may slump come time to renew a vehicle registration. 

Because another set of fees clicks into place with the new year, designed to increase the revenue for Oregon's transportation system.  And since high-MPG (miles per gallon) cars don't buy much gas or pay gas taxes, their registrations will be more expensive. 

But registration fees will be somewhat lower for people enrolled in the pay-by-mile OReGO program

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One major outcome of the Oregon Governor's Council on Wildfire Response was a number: four billion.  That's the amount of money estimated to do all the work to make Oregon's forests more fire resistant, less prone to catastrophic fires. 

It's a big number, but still less than the estimates of damage if Oregon has more large and destructive fires.

State officials are worried about a possible mess at Pacific Northwest airports and driver licensing offices. Next October, the Transportation Security Administration will stop accepting regular Washington and Oregon driver licenses to pass through airport screening checkpoints.

The California Restaurant Association filed suit against the city of Berkeley Thursday alleging that its recently approved ban on the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings will have "uniquely negative impacts" on the culinary community.

The marathon of testimony in Democrats' impeachment inquiry this week confirmed that the Ukraine affair, like so many earlier subplots in the era of President Trump, boils down to two big questions:

What do the president's words mean? Can the president do what he did?

The answers to those questions have been a partisan inkblot test since Trump exploded onto the political scene, and now they are burning again as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats decide how they'll move ahead in a showdown over impeachment.

The blunt-force killing of a juvenile bobcat last month after it entered a Eugene school prompted enough controversy to trigger a legislative hearing Wednesday at the Capitol in Salem.

The hour-long “fact-finding hearing,” as it was labeled, saw legislators question veterinarians, animal advocates and officials with Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Oregon Senate Republican who complained Democrats created a hostile workplace in the state Legislature has withdrawn his complaints.

In a letter, Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, wrote he continues to believe referring to someone as a "terrorist" creates a harmful work environment, but nonetheless he was withdrawing the complaints lodged. 

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET

President Trump has signed a temporary spending bill to fund federal agencies, averting a possible government shutdown, according to an administration official.

The Senate passed the bill earlier Thursday, hours ahead of the midnight shutdown.

Lawmakers voted 74-20 to approve the measure to fund the government through Dec. 20. The legislative measure, known as a continuing resolution, will extend current funding levels at government agencies.

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People get hurt and sick; they fall down and get into car accidents and come down with the flu.  They get our sympathy and--we hope--medical attention. 

With mental illness, the damage is not so obvious, and society is still learning how to help people with mental illness.  Southern Oregon Compass House is part of the mix; it's a clubhouse in Medford for people with persistent mental illness. 

And it partners with JPR for a monthly segment called Compass Radio, a personal story from one of the clubhouse members; this month we hear from Ruby (first names only). 

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Camping in public spaces is already illegal within the city of Redding. The city’s mayor wants to further restrict people from sleeping in the streets by requiring them to stay at a shelter.


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Fiona Hill, who served as the top Russia expert on the National Security Council before resigning last summer, criticized Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for advancing theories that Ukraine, and not Russia, interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

Testifying on the third and final day of impeachment hearings before the panel this week, Hill said, "I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests."

5 Takeaways From The 5th Democratic Debate

Nov 21, 2019

Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET

Candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination took to the debate stage for the fifth time Wednesday night. There weren't any groundbreaking or game-changing moments, but here are five things that stood out:

1. Impeachment hearings may have taken some steam out of the debate

Let's face it: The biggest story of Wednesday was not the debate, it was the impeachment testimony of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

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A rural Josephine County town plans to make up for the lack of police officers by installing security cameras that will be monitored by volunteers.


A child who says he saw two state workers having sex in front of him and then was neglected and abused at an out-of-state facility is suing Oregon over its child welfare system.

A Linn County jury ruled Wednesday that the state of Oregon breached its contract with timber counties west of the Cascades by failing to generate sufficient revenue through logging on state forests. 

The verdict was delivered the day after lawyers made their closing arguments to the jury in Linn County Circuit Court.

The jury awarded $1.06 billion to 13 counties, along with dozens of taxing districts that depend on state forest logging for revenue. That was a downward adjustment from the original $1.4 billion claim.

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Ten candidates took the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters provided fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. 

President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and much of officialdom was "in the loop" throughout the Ukraine affair, a key witness told Congress on Wednesday in watershed testimony.

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, rejected the idea that he was part of any back channel or shadow effort.

He said he conferred with the State Department and the National Security Council all this year as he and other envoys worked to try to get concessions for Trump from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

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Vote with your money, we often hear.  Show the economic powers-that-be what you want by paying for only that. 

It can be tricky, though, especially when it comes to food.  Several large chains dominate the grocery business, and are somewhat immune to market pressures. 

Jon Steinman, a writer and producer on food issues, says there's hope; he lays out the case in the book Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants.

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