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Could The New Klamath Dam Removal Plan Kick-Start The Stalled Water Deals?

In December, Congress adjourned without passing legislation to ratify a trio of agreements meant to end the long-standing water wars in the Klamath Basin. This essentially killed the deal, arrived at through years of painstaking negotiations between farmers, ranchers, tribes and other groups. Now, there’s a move to demolish four dams on the Klamath River through a separate regulatory process, bypassing the need for Congressional approval.
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JPR Live Session: Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain’s songs are full of expansive melodies that veer off in unpredictable directions, with lyrics that explore conflicting emotions with uncommon insight and compassion. She has a jazz singer’s phrasing, often breaking words into rhythmic fragments that land before and after the beat, stretching syllables or adding grace notes to uncover hidden nuances in her lyrics.
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Learning About Life With A Disability

In our time, kids have gotten used to the idea of sharing classrooms with kids with disabilities; children in wheelchairs are not segregated from the student population like they once were. But there's still room for all students to understand what life is like with a disability of some kind. That's why the Medford School District is running an "Ability Awareness Campaign" through the end of February. Fourth graders will get to experience short periods without sight or without speech, or with some other disability.
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OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity?If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it?Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google."What they would do is they would start Googling the question, 'How does a novel represent humanity?' " Heick says. "That was ...
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Calif. Official Says Leaking Gas Well Might Be Sealed As Soon As Next Week

The leaking gas storage well near the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch might be capped earlier than originally anticipated, a state official told residents on Thursday.Wade Crowfoot, an adviser to California Gov. Jerry Brown, said the utility that owns the well is expected to begin the final phase of the fix on Monday, The Associated Press reports. The Southern California Gas Co. is currently drilling a relief well to intercept the leaking well — and once it reaches its destination, w...
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Occupiers Not Listed In Indictment Could Face Charges

Feb 4, 2016

A federal indictment released Thursday charges with conspiracy sixteen people involved with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. But it doesn’t include dozens of people who were also part of the occupation. Many of them have scattered across the U.S., changed phone numbers or gone silent on social media.

“Most people aren’t going home after what happened,” said California resident Terri Linnell.

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After a hiatus forced by January 1st (a holiday) falling on a Friday, First Friday Arts returns to The Exchange!

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month. 

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Our First Friday Arts coverage continues with a deeper look at one of the arts events taking stage soon.

Camelot Theatre in Talent presents Lisa Beth Allen's play "Solomon's Blade" through February. 

With a title like that, you might expect a story of a threat to cut a baby in half.  It's not that, not quite. 

But it is about a very difficult decision involving a baby, an Israeli family, and a potential Arab-Israeli parent. 

UO Students Protest Proposed Tuition Hikes

Feb 4, 2016

University of Oregon students rallied Wednesday in protest of proposed tuition hikes. The rally was followed by a meeting with administration.

The indictment charging Ammon Bundy and 15 other militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was released Thursday morning.

Earlier this week, a federal Grand Jury returned an indictment to prosecutors charging the armed occupiers with conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.

The four remaining occupants of the Malheur refuge are among the indicted: Sean Anderson, Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson, David Lee Fry and Jeff Wayne Banta.

For the past 72 hours, OPB has communicated with militants still occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by calling militant David Fry’s personal cellphone.

Since 9 a.m. Tuesday, militants had established regular check-in times to communicate their status.

During those conversations, the militants described their life inside the refuge and said they had enough food and fuel to continue the occupation for an extended time.

Once upon a time, the Northwest was home to ten massive aluminum smelters. As of today, just one still operates. And the Alcoa company plans to idle that smelter near Ferndale, Washington, indefinitely in June.

Is it the end for a one-time pillar of the Northwest economy or merely a pause?

Federal prosecutors managing the government’s case against Ammon Bundy and other militants involved in an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge filed a sealed indictment against the militants Wednesday.

The prosecutors brought the indictment to Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart during a hearing in federal court Wednesday. Defense attorneys stated they had not seen the indictment before the proceeding. Stewart ordered prosecutors to turn over a copy of the document to defense attorneys within the next 24 hours.

Medicinal Missions

More than 100 people commit suicide in the United States every day. 

Of those, an average of 22 are military veterans.  And when you consider what a small percentage of the population veterans make up, the number is staggering. 

Which is why a pair of veterans created the film "Project 22;" to look for ways to divert vets from suicide. 

Our occasional "Local Focus" partnership with Southern Oregon Public TV resumes with a pair of programs on the movie and its makers. 

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In our time, kids have gotten used to the idea of sharing classrooms with kids with disabilities; children in wheelchairs are not segregated from the student population like they once were. 

But there's still room for all students to understand what life is like with a disability of some kind. 

That's why the Medford School District is running an "Ability Awareness Campaign" through the end of February. 

Fourth graders will get to experience short periods without sight or without speech, or with some other disability. 

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