Workers Clean Up Huge Mess At Shasta Lake, Left By UO Students

The University of Oregon is in the national news again, not in a good way. Hundreds of students left a huge mess on an island in Northern California’s Shasta Lake.
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JPR Live Session: Jessica Fichot Band

Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese 1940's swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination. She has performed packed venues in France, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S - backed by her fiery band (clarinet/sax, upright bass, drums and guitar), and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals.
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Cottage Grove To Vote On Local Pot Tax in November

Voters in Cottage Grove could decide to tax marijuana sold in the city. Monday city councilors voted to place a 3-percent pot tax on the November ballot.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration seems intent on bringing sugar out of the shadows.Not only will food companies have to reveal, right on the package, how much sugar they've added to food; they also will have to call it by its real name.The FDA is taking aim at one of sugar's cover identities: evaporated cane juice. This ingredient made its appearance about 25 years ago and has been especially popular among companies that have cultivated a healthful image, including Amy's Kitchen, Kind and...
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It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription

It has been more than 18 months since California's governor signed a law that allows pharmacists to distribute most types of hormonal birth control methods without a prescription.That means that while women in the state still have to see a doctor to get an IUD, or a contraceptive implant, they should be able to simply walk into their local pharmacy and easily buy contraceptive pills, the patch or the vaginal ring — much like getting a flu shot, or buying over-the-counter medicine to fight a...
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Judges Reject Steens Mountain Wind Project

May 27, 2016

The Ninth District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and rejected a wind turbine project on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon.

The 104-megawatt project would have included energy transmission lines that cut across potential sage grouse habitat within the protected Steens Cooperative Project.

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon last year, there’s been an explosion or pot-related events, from big celebrations like Weed the People and the Cultivation Classic to "yoganja" classes and house concerts. But now all these events are up in the air due to a confluence of clarifications from state and city authorities, including the city's pot officials saying they will begin to crack down on events that sell tickets and then give away marijuana.

Cottage Grove To Vote On Local Pot Tax in November

May 27, 2016

Voters in Cottage Grove could decide to tax marijuana sold in the city. Monday city councilors voted to place a 3-percent pot tax on the November ballot.

The University of Oregon is in the national news again, not in a good way. Hundreds of students left a huge mess on an island in Northern California’s Shasta Lake.

  The Mims House became the first black-owned property in Eugene in 1948, after previous ordinances prohibited people of color from purchasing property or living within city limits. Eric Alan speaks with Willie Mims about the living history there, including visits from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

Oregonians won't be voting this fall on whether to limit campaign finance contributions in state and local races. The Oregon Secretary of State's office has rejected wording on a proposed initiative that would have changed the state's Constitution to allow that.

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May 27, 2016

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Adults in today's world can take the blame for human-caused climate change, but it's the kids who will have to live with the changes. 

So it makes sense to encourage young people to learn about, talk about, and work on corrective action on climate change. 

That's the general idea behind the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp, this summer in Jackson County. 

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The Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--got health insurance for millions more people, but it is far from perfect. 

And that opinion is common even outside the Republicans in Congress who keep voting to kill the program. 

Richard Master got tired of constantly paying higher health insurance premiums for employees of the company he runs, so he went to look for an answer.  What he found ended up a documentary film called "Fix It: Healthcare At The Tipping Point."  Its essence: single-payer health insurance is the way ahead, "Medicare for all." 

The Portland company Precision Castparts met Wednesday night with a group of neighbors concerned about air pollution from the company. Precision Castparts manufactures parts for airplane engines.

Air monitoring data released by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality last week showed higher than normal concentrations of nickel near the company’s foundry, but regulators said the nickel was not at a level that causes a risk to public health.

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