Election Chiefs 'Straddle The Line Between Sounding The Alarm And Being Alarmist'

Top election officials from across the country grappled with a delicate question this weekend: How do you tackle the threat of election interference, and be transparent in doing so, without further eroding the public's trust in the voting process? "I'm always trying to straddle the line between sounding the alarm on this issue and being alarmist," said Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State. The four-day annual meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State, which featured a...

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JPR Live Session: Tyson Motsenbocker

In North Central Washington State, Tyson Motsenbocker grew up in the apple orchards and pine forests at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s the pastoral sound of his childhood that has defined the sound of his music, even among the freeways and fast pace of his new Southern California home. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads, Motsenbocker defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay.

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Signals & Noise: Media Faster Than Lightning

We are not kidding when we say the media landscape changes at lightning speed in today's world. Who would have thought major news organizations would quote the purported comments of the president and say "s**thole" on the air? But it happened, just hours after the last Signals & Noise segment. That's our monthly conclave with members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University .

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'Black Panther' Breaks Records And Barriers In Debut Weekend

Black Panther pounced on the weekend box office, breaking cultural barriers and earning the highest debut ever for a February film, with an estimated three-day domestic gross of $192 million, said Disney, Marvel's parent company. The opening was the fifth highest-earning of any film, according to Disney. The only other movies that have brought in more are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers, according to The Associated Press. Black Panther ...

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This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Each year, about 31,000 men and women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a cancer caused by an infection from the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It's the most common sexually transmitted virus and infection in the U.S. In women, HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer, which leads to about 4,000 deaths per year. In men, it can cause penile cancer. HPV also causes some cases of oral cancer, cancer of the anus and genital warts. The CDC says HPV vaccination can prevent many of these cancers , and...

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U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown sentenced defendant Jason Patrick to 21 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Oregon lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that expands the number of domestic violence abusers who are prohibited from owning firearms.

The measure, dubbed the “boyfriend loophole,” would ban those convicted of domestic violence or stalking from owning guns, regardless of their marital status with the victim.

Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, said he’s heard the argument that this measure would only affect law-abiding gun owners. But he doesn’t buy it.

Oregon Meth-Related Deaths Higher Than Ever

Feb 15, 2018
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Meth-related deaths are higher now than they’ve ever been in Oregon, far surpassing the rates seen at the height of the meth crisis in the mid-2000s.

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Barley is an important grain for many different human and animal uses. 

But the grain is just darned hard to remove from its hull.  Unless it's "naked barley." 

This is a variety mutated to allow easier separation of grain and hull. 

Oregon State University is at the center of an effort to study the potential uses of naked barley. 

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Be prepared to stretch your definition of music.  Because a recently released CD features Southern Oregon University's Percussion Ensemble performing a piece by the boundary-stretching composer Mark Applebaum

And the piece includes such exotic instrumentation as bubble wrap.  That's right, the stuff that you use to pack fragile items into boxes.  Popping the bubbles makes a sound, a percussive one at that. 

Terry Longshore directs the Percussion Ensemble. 

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Ex-Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Violated Ethics Laws 11 Times, Report Finds

Feb 14, 2018
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Former Gov. John Kitzhaber allegedly violated state ethics laws 11 times during his third and fourth terms as governor, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.

How A Northwest Grassroots Effort Fought Big Oil -- And Won

Feb 14, 2018

Early this year, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said no to a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed in Vancouver, Washington. Opposition to fossil fuel projects is common on the West Coast. But this time, a massive wave of grassroots opposition managed to take on Big Oil – and win. 

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The opioid crisis in America brings attention primarily to two groups: patients who take the pain pills, and the doctors who prescribe them. 

Dr. Mark Greenberg of Ashland is a pain management specialist, and he has been both doctor and patient in pain situations. 

He was mentioned in a recent article on opioids in the Wall Street Journal, telling his story of not taking the meds prescribed for him after surgery last year. 

We are not kidding when we say the media landscape changes at lightning speed in today's world. 

Who would have thought major news organizations would quote the purported comments of the president and say "s**thole" on the air?  But it happened, just hours after the last Signals & Noise segment. 

That's our monthly conclave with members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

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