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Jackson County GMO Ban Survives Court Challenge

A federal judge's decision Friday leaves Jackson County's ban on genetically engineered crops (GMO) on the books, due to take effect June 5th. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke's decision, released Friday afternoon, rejects an attempt by the law's opponents to block it under Oregon's "Right to Farm" law.
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JPR Live Session: Nora Jane Struthers

Born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, Nora Jane Struthers began playing as a pre-teen. attending festivals and fiddlers’ conventions around the south with her banjo-playing father. “These were pretty much just a group of musicians camping in a muddy field for a week, playing tunes and singing songs,” she recalls. “But these traditional music communities greatly influenced me and informed my decision later to move to Nashville and try to become a professional musician.”
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State Confirms 7th Meningococcal Case Linked To University of Oregon Outbreak

Oregon Health Officials have confirmed a seventh case of meningococcal disease linked to the outbreak at the University of Oregon.A 52-year old father of a U of O student visited campus in early May. He then returned home, to another state, and became ill. Lane County Public Health's Jason Davis says samples from the patient were sent to Oregon Health Authority and found to be positive for meningococcal disease. He says the man has since been released from the hospital. Davis says the...
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Running Elk Ragged Just To Get Their Antlers

Theres just something about it. Its just an adrenaline rush. Its like, Oh, this could be the one. This could be a really, really nice one. Ive never quite been able to explain that feeling, Tanner said.For nearly a decade, antlers have been popular in decor and fashion. At the same time, a growing number of people are heading out to wild places, hunting for those shed antlers to collect, make into decorations, or sell for big money.Washington and Oregon have imposed rules to make sure that...
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When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way."It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke."We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer...
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A federal judge's decision Friday leaves Jackson County's ban on genetically engineered crops (GMO) on the books, due to take effect June 5th.

Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke's decision, released Friday afternoon, rejects an attempt by the law's opponents to block it under Oregon's "Right to Farm" law.

Lawns will die and crops will wither in the fields, but California's economy may not suffer as much from drought as you might think.

You don't know much about them until something goes wrong, like recently happened off the California coast when a pipeline ruptured spilling 21,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean just north of Santa Barbara. As it turns out, the federal and state agencies responsible for regulating pipelines in the U.S. don't know as much as they should.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

Eugene City Hall From A Kids' Eye View

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As City of Eugene staff continue to refine plans for the new city hall, students at Camas Ridge Elementary shared their design ideas with the mayor this week.

Inside Donna Dubois' 4th/5th grade class, teams of students proudly show off their city hall plaza designs to Mayor Kitty Piercy. They glued down small pebbles to make pathways, painted plastic lids to represent fountains and added green material to represent grass.

Barbara Elliot and Isabella Shaft got the Mayor's attention with the small details of their multi-dimensional design.

Oregon Health Officials have confirmed a seventh case of meningococcal disease linked to the outbreak at the University of Oregon. 

A 52-year old father of a U of O student visited campus in early May. He then returned home, to another state, and became ill. Lane County Public Health's Jason Davis says samples from the patient were sent to Oregon Health Authority and found to be positive for meningococcal disease. He says the man has since been released from the hospital. Davis says the bacteria can last a long time.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's law prohibiting abortions after 20 or more weeks of pregnancy is "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability."

The court ruled in favor of Jennie McCormack and Dr. Richard Hearn (on behalf of himself and his patients), who had challenged Idaho's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that restricts abortion in the state.

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It's been a big week for Oregon State Senator Jeff Kruse

He's squarely in the middle of two hot items in the legislative hopper: marijuana regulation and school mascots. 

Kruse supports further regulation of medical marijuana, and the state school board's move to ban Native American mascots certainly hits home for a guy who represents Roseburg, where the Roseburg Indians play. 

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The basic science is deceptively simple: streams with trees around them tend to be cooler because of the shade.

Streams with no trees warm up and become less hospitable to fish.

But getting people to agree on where to leave trees, and how many, takes a lot of work.

The Oregon Department of Forestry monitors logging on private lands in Oregon, and ODF is under pressure to change its rules on stream protection.

It's a mixed bag for California business these days; unemployment is down, but so is the water supply. Governor Jerry Brown told the state Chamber of Commerce that the state is in good shape despite the challenges.

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