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Poor air quality is continuing in much of Oregon and southwest Washington, but more rain in the forecast could improve that.

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory earlier this week that has been extended until at least Tuesday.

Matthew Cullen with Portland’s National Weather Service said the continued advisory is because of a high-pressure weather pattern that’s creating stagnant air in much of the region.

Mercury is tiny. But it's a big deal for thousands of amateur astronomers in the Western hemisphere who will be watching the planet on Monday as it makes a transit across the disk of the sun.

It may not be as spectacular as the solar eclipse two years ago, or even the 2012 transit of Venus. But beauty is in the eyepiece of the beholder.

Republican lawmakers are asking that the impeachment inquiry into President Trump hear publicly from Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower whose allegations prompted the probe.

In a letter to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is leading the inquiry, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said that calling these witnesses would help ensure the investigation "treats the President with fairness."

The sun is setting at a construction site on "the ridge," as locals call it. Towering pine trees with their bark still black from wildfire are lit up in orange. And Chip Gorley and some buddies are about to crack open cans of IPA to celebrate some rare good news.

His foundation inspection passed, meaning they can start putting up the walls on Gorley's new home. It's on the exact site of where he lost everything in the Camp Fire a year ago.

"It's my home," Gorley says. "I'm coming back."

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The walls of Madison Sheffield and Matt Frantz’s Sacramento apartment tell the story of their five years together. Mountaintop photos from weekend camping trips fill the living room. A handmade calendar in the kitchen features a different dress-up photo of their dog, Waffles, for every month. 

Lawrence Levee's evacuation call came at 4 a.m. The Getty fire was just a few miles away. He and all of his Mandeville Canyon neighbors needed to evacuate.

He grabbed what he could and threw it into his bright blue electric Chevy Bolt. His car battery was only charged halfway, but that left him with plenty of power to make a quick getaway and then some.

But after driving around the next day, running errands in an area he didn't know well, he was in a pickle. He couldn't find a charging station. And he had 25 miles left to his tank.

CDC Finds Possible Culprit In Outbreak Of Vaping-Related Lung Injuries

Nov 8, 2019

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there has been a breakthrough in the investigation into the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries that has led to the deaths of 39 people and sickened more than 2,000 others.

Investigators announced Friday that they have detected a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate in all the samples of lung fluid collected from 29 patients who were hospitalized after vaping, suggesting a possible culprit for the spate of lung injuries that has swept across the U.S.

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USDA

You've probably seen private landowners posting homemade "NO SPRAYING" signs along the roadways that border their properties. Now some residentes are seeking to make that the rule for all roadways in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET

White House officials filed the record of President Trump's now-famous call with his Ukrainian counterpart on a "different, more secure system" from the one they normally used, a key witness told House impeachment investigators.

JPR Live Session: Barrie

Nov 8, 2019

Barrie is the musical project of Barrie Lindsay – a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. 

How — and to whom — should America distribute its resources? Who gets to be American? Those were the questions roiling the country 40 years ago this week when Morning Edition debuted. It's a time frame that encompasses most of post-civil rights America, and many of the issues that gripped the nation in 1979 are still being debated today.

But some of those issues have mutated in unexpected ways and are playing out in a country that has grown steadily browner, and more queer.

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

When it comes to a home’s ability to withstand fire, the right building materials can make all the difference. That’s why Medford is leading the way in regulating new construction in wildfire-prone areas.

PG&E Says Power Outage Credits Cost The Utility $65 Million

Nov 7, 2019
Jeff Chiu/AP via NPR

Pacific Gas & Electric reported another huge loss on Thursday as the fallout from catastrophic wildfires blamed on its outdated transmission lines drive the bankrupt utility into a deeper hole.

The company estimated it's facing a bill of more than $6 billion this year alone to pay for devastating fires in 2017 and 2018, more rigorous inspection of its electrical equipment, and customer credits for recent blackouts designed to prevent more blazes.

Updated at 5:03 p.m. ET

A top State Department aide questioned the legality of a U.S. president asking for an investigation into a political rival in his hours-long, closed-door deposition before congressional impeachment investigators.

"Politically related prosecutions are not the way of promoting the rule of law. They undermine the rule of law," said George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Updated at 7:36 p.m. ET

A New York judge has ruled that President Trump must pay $2 million in damages to settle claims that the Trump Foundation misused funds. The money will go to a group of charities, and the foundation is in the process of dissolving.

Photo courtesy of Paul Weingartner

November 8th marked the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire.  When the smoke finally cleared, most of the town of Paradise, California was gone, and 85 people were dead. 

A number of factors, both long-term and immediate, led to the fire and its enormous devastation.  Mark Arax pointed these out in a piece earlier this year in California Sunday magazine. 

At Portland Community College, sustainability is everywhere. If it’s not part of an assignment or career-related project, it’s around a campus with eco-friendly buildings and a garden.

“What we do at PCC is to infuse the concept of sustainability and environmental justice and climate action throughout the curriculum,” PCC president Mark Mitsui said. “We then also weave it into specific career technical education programs.”

So with this week’s news of the country’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, Mitsui is ready to keep working.

Forty years ago this week, Morning Edition took the air for the first time just as a big story was breaking — one that would shock the nation and influence the next four decades of news.

It was coming from Iran, a country few Americans paid attention to at that time. A revolution had been underway that year, and on Nov. 4, 1979, a chanting crowd stormed the U.S Embassy in Tehran, taking Americans hostage.

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Courtesy of Pacific Southwest Region USFWS


The Pacific fisher, an animal in the weasel family that's native to Southern Oregon and Northern California, could get increased protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Aide From Pence Office Testifies In Impeachment Probe

Nov 7, 2019

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

A foreign service officer detailed to work in the office of Vice President Pence testified behind closed doors on Thursday in the ongoing House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Jennifer Williams was assigned to work on European and Russian issues with the vice president's team in the spring. She is the first person from the vice president's office to testify in the probe of whether the president withheld military aid from Ukraine while seeking a political favor.

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