Kotek Introduces Bill To Redirect Half Of Oregon's Record 'Kicker' Tax Refund

UPDATE (12:43 p.m. PT) A day after state economists revealed the largest "kicker" tax rebate in Oregons history might be flowing back to taxpayers next year, House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, is introducing a plan to cut it in half. Its been something I have been sitting and thinking about for several weeks listening to all the needs and conversations in the Capitol, Kotek told OPB on Thursday. It is important that if there is any discussion to redirect any portion of that, that it has...

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Anxiety & Depression: Top Childhood Mental Health Issues In Lane County

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Each week, KLCC addresses a topic surrounding mental health from a local perspective. This week, we’re talking about the mental health of children in Lane County.

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Matisyahu, "Spark Seeker"

Sep 24, 2013

Matisyahu rose to stardom with his unique combination of reggae, hip-hop, rock, and spirituality. He then shocked the Chasidic Jewish community by shaving off his beard, letting go of the traditional clothes, and opening up his spirituality to other influences. His latest release, Spark Seeker, is a multi-layered album produced in Israel and Los Angeles with producer Kool Kojak. Before his performance at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, Matisyahu spoke to Eric Alan about his personal and musical evolutions. Passages from Spark Seeker are merged with the interview.

Telemedicine is rising to new levels of accessibility thanks to the increasing prevalence of smartphones, tablets and webcam equipped computers.

There will be more passenger flights in the Asia-Pacific than anywhere else in the world in the next 20 years, with the region accounting for a third of all new commercial aircraft orders, according to Airbus's latest Global Market Forecast.

Americans love bananas. Each year, we eat more bananas than any other fruit. But banana growers use a lot of pesticides — and those chemicals could be hurting wildlife. As a new study shows, the pesticides are ending up in the bodies of crocodiles living near banana farms in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas we eat are grown.

For decades, circumstantial evidence has shown that golden eagles do indeed attack large mammals like deer and even bear cubs.

But in a paper published Monday in the Journal of Raptor Research, Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London and Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society unveiled stunning images of an adult golden eagle attacking and killing a young sika deer, weighing 88 to 100 pounds.

The images were captured by a camera trap the researchers set up to study Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East.

Fall Music Preview

Sep 24, 2013

Pilot Program Designed To Help Seniors Make Home Upgrades

Sep 24, 2013

A pilot program from the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, or NEDCO, is focusing on helping seniors with home upgrades.

“Aging in Place” started a few months ago as collaborative effort between the state of Oregon and NEDCO. So far, they have allocated more than $175,000 to home improvement projects. NEDCO’s Community Lending Director Lynn Meyer says a lot of seniors have been dealing with deferred maintenance or medical issues.

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil was so angry about reports that the National Security Agency was spying on her and others in her country that she recently called off a high-profile visit to the U.S.

The Brazilian leader was still in a fighting mood Tuesday as she used her speech at the United Nations General Assembly to deliver a broadside against U.S. spying. She also called for civilian oversight of the Web to ensure the protection of data.

So your snoring is driving your partner crazy. Does that mean you're destined for one of those awkward-looking sleep apnea masks?

Not so fast, doctors say. Many snorers don't have sleep apnea, which causes a person to frequently stop breathing for brief periods during sleep. It's a big cause of chronic sleepiness and has been linked to a variety of health problems. Sleep apnea can also make a sufferer miserable.

In Henry Dumas' short story "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" three "afro-horns" have been forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America. One rests in a European museum; a second one is believed to be somewhere on the west coast of Mexico among a tribe of Indians; and a third is owned by Probe, a jazz musician. When Probe finally plays the afro-horn in public, the sound is devastatingly powerful.

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