The Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal by the state of North Dakota regarding that state’s extremely restrictive abortion law.
This leaves a lower court decision in place, which found that North Dakota’s abortion law was unconstitutional.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with David Brown from the Center for Reproductive Rights to learn more.
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The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, by an armed group of self-styled militia men from out of state, is now entering its fourth week.
A community meeting to discuss the occupation, scheduled for today in Burns, was canceled by Harney County Judge Steve Grasty.
Judge Grasty cited safety concerns as the primary reason for the cancellation.
KBOO’s Paul Roland is on the ground in Burns, along with Arun Gupta, who’s covering the story for the website Raw Story. I spoke with Paul to get more information on what’s been going on in Harney County.
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In Texas this week a grand jury cleared a Planned Parenthood clinic on charges it had sold aborted fetuses.
The panel also indicted two California anti-choice activists on charges of tampering with a governmental record.
That’s a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Oregon Right to Life is working to place an initiative on the November ballot that would ban state funding for abortions.
The group last fall raised enough signatures to gain a ballot title for the measure.
KBOO News spoke today with Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette’s President and CEO Stacy Cross about how the organization is responding.
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Local air quality regulators joined the list of petitioners taking legal action against the Southern California Gas Company yesterday.
They allege that negligence has been the cause of the methane leak that began last October. That leak isn’t expected to be contained until the end of February.
The gas utility is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and according to data at Open Secrets, seven members of congress are shareholders.
Between lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions, the company has spent more than thirty million dollars influencing Washington since 1992.
Dr. Astrid Caldas is the expert on climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists . 5:53 minutes (5.38 MB)
In November 2015 nine activists blocked transport outside Spectra Energy's facility in an effort to stop work on a natural gas pipeline set to run through New York State. The nine individuals were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for their action. The case is set to go to trial on February 3rd. For more on the groups action and on the upcoming trial KBOO's Jared Dancler spoke with the Montrose 9's attorney, Martin Stolar. 5:50 minutes (5.33 MB)
We look ahead to National Alcohol and Other Drugs Facts Week, which is January 25-31 this year, and we hear about the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem coming up in April. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
This week we discuss new data on youth drug use, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's support for marijuana legalization, and Maine Governor Paul LePage's racist comments about the drug war. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Dangerous water -- dangerous to our health -- has been in the news lately because of what happened in Flint, Michigan. Major polutants of water include pesticides from industrial agriculture. Jeremy Olsen is Assistant Director at the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, and he talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about ways of eliminating pesticides from our land, food, and bodies. 14:20 minutes (9.84 MB)
Desiree Hellegers speaks with Cowlitz tribal leadership about the battle to stop the Canadian mining company Ascot Resources, Ltd., from developing a copper, gold, and molybdenum mine in the Green River Valley, northeast of Mount St. Helens. The proposed mine would be on ancestral Cowlitz land. Guests include Bill Iyall, Chairman of the Cowlitz tribe; Steve Kutz, Chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Council, and Director of Health and Human Services for the Cowlitz Tribe; Taylor Aalvik, Natural Resource Director and member of the Cowlitz Tribal Council; and Nathan Reynolds, Ethnoecologist and Habitat Program Manager for the Cowlitz Tribe. 17:53 minutes (12.29 MB)