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Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

NPR | July 06, 2015

The latest session made history on several fronts, and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.

People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving

NPR | July 06, 2015

Doctors tell surgical patients to get out of bed as soon as possible, but people with brain injuries are encouraged to rest. Now it looks like activity can benefit brain injured patients, too.

You Haven't Left The Building But Your Brain's On A Virtual Reality Trip

NPR | July 05, 2015

You can now experience the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake or get a sense of what it's like to be in a refugee camp without leaving home. Will that make you more likely to donate to a cause?

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Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

NPR | July 4, 2015 3:42 p.m.

The staff of hometown paper the Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.

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Oregon House Approves 'Right-To-Try' Legislation

OPB | July 3, 2015 2:11 p.m. | Portland

Both chambers of the Oregon Legislature have now passed the so-called ‘Right-to-Try’ bill.  It would allow terminally ill people to be prescribed medicines that have passed the FDA’s Phase One approval process, but have not yet been approved for sale.

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Police Don't Plan To Ticket Pot Users At Blues Festival

OPB | July 3, 2015 10:50 a.m. | Portland

Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival this weekend is the first large public gathering since recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon.

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Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

NPR | July 3, 2015 9:01 a.m.

If the deal passes anti-trust scrutiny, it would be the largest-ever such acquisition in the insurance industry.


When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

NPR | July 3, 2015 8 a.m.

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

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Plan For Early Marijuana Sales Heads To Governor

Northwest News Network | July 2, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Oregonians could buy recreational marijuana from stores starting in October under a measure approved Thursday by the Oregon House.

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

NPR | July 2, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston shooting can cause serious stress.

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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

NPR | July 2, 2015 4:27 p.m.

A clever device uses technology developed by the military to make chlorine quickly and cheaply. The goal is to give schools and hospitals around the world an easy way to purify water.

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How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

NPR | July 2, 2015 3:30 p.m.

When people saw photos that linked a famous person with a famous place, it changed the behavior of certain neurons in their brains. And it changed their memories, too.

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Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

NPR | July 2, 2015 3:29 p.m.

Sports can burn a lot of energy. But vacuuming the carpet burns calories, too. The question is, how much? We checked out the numbers and found surprises.


Vital Signs

Oregon is at the forefront of the nation's health care reform. OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at how those changes are affecting Oregonians.

Vital Signs | Feb. 14, 2014

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