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Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is not a very big campus, but its price tag figures to get bigger in the next academic year. 

A budget shortfall for Oregon state government will likely impact the seven state universities, which largely have to fund themselves through tuition. 

So SOU President Linda Schott proposed, and the board of trustees approved, a tuition hike of 12%. 

The state's revenue picture got clearer with the release of new income figures this week; there is more money, but taxpayers are likely to get "kicker" refunds. 

ODOT

It's pretty typical to complain about potholes, but even the people who fix Oregon's roads will tell you repairs are needed.

And the state legislature recognizes this; that's why it's been talking for a couple of years about a major transportation bill. 

Now one is on the table, with a mix of tax and fee ideas and plans for shoring up the ways of getting around Oregon. 

UC Regents To Grill UC President, State Auditor Thursday Over Controversial Audit

May 18, 2017
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University of California regents will publicly discuss a blistering state audit of UC President Janet Napolitano’s office for the first time Thursday when they meet in San Francisco.

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The list of states with some form of legal marijuana continues to grow. But because pot remains illegal under federal law, most banks won’t offer services to cannabis businesses.

Now, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is sponsoring a bill that would remove key barriers that keep most marijuana businesses operating only in cash. 

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity

It's almost like an old-fashioned barn-raising, the way Habitat for Humanity works. 

People with home-building skills come together with a soon-to-be homeowner and work together to build the house. 

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity marks 30 years on the job this year, with activity in Medford and several other communities. 

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Craig Chaquico has played the guitar in a lot of circumstances; he was just 20 when he joined Jefferson Starship. 

But Chaquico has never played with a choir, he says.  Until now... a concert on May 20th has him strapping on his guitar to accompany the Jefferson State Choral Coalition

What do you know... another band named Jefferson? 

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After a long string of defeated property tax levies, voters in Josephine County finally found two they could support. A public safety levy and a levy to establish a public library district both passed by nearly identical 52 to 48 percent margins.

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A ballot measure that would have blocked a controversial gas pipeline and export terminal proposal has been decisively shot down by voters in Coos County.

The so-called “Community Bill of Rights” measure would have prohibited any “non-sustainable” energy project in the county along Oregon’s south coast. That could have killed the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas terminal in Coos Bay.

Mary Geddry , one of Measure 6-162’s petitioners, blames the loss on a well-financed corporate media blitz that created fear and doubt about the measure.

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The news about Oregon's unemployment rate is great, on its surface: the lowest rate recorded since the current accounting system went into place in 1976. 

But if you live in rural Oregon, as many of our listeners do, you might wonder where the prosperity is. 

A new report on "The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon" shows just how much the rural parts of the state lag economically behind the urban areas. 

Cycle Oregon

What began as an idea for a long bike ride has turned into much more over the years.  30 years, in fact. 

That's how old Cycle Oregon will be this year, and it celebrates with a multiple-day ride through the South Cascades, including Crater Lake, in September. 

Former Oregonian columnist Jonathan Nicholas and Jim Beaver of Ashland were part of the original ride and the growth of Cycle Oregon. 

The race doesn't just collect money from riders, it also hands out plenty through its foundation. 

Crews To Halt Oroville Spillway Use For Ongoing Repairs

May 16, 2017
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Water flowing down the damaged spillway at Lake Oroville will once again be shut off as crews work to fix the structure.

 

The California Department of Water Resources says it decreased the amount of water being released from the reservoir today.

 

A full shutdown of the spillway is expected sometime between Saturday and the middle of next week.

 

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New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.

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Today is election day for voters on the Oregon side, but you might get a blank stare when you ask someone who they voted for. 

Because the majority of ballot items are races for school and fire district boards and similar local positions.  Many candidates run for those positions unopposed. 

And that's one thing Springfield's Jim Cupples would like to change, through his website Run for Office.  It gives people across the country a chance to look up local races where they live, from school board to Senate, and prepare to run for office. 

Lindbergh Foundation

Flying across the Atlantic in a plane is no big deal these days, apart from the cramped seats in coach. 

90 years ago, it was A Very Big Deal.  Charles Lindbergh took his life in his hands as he flew a single-engine plane from New York to France in 1927. 

Dan Hampton, an accomplished and decorated fighter pilot, tells the story of Lindbergh's dangerous and successful mission in the book The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The work of August Wilson has been staged on plays around the world. 

But his poetry takes center stage in a new work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival called "UniSon."  It is a musical based on Wilson's work and shaped by the OSF company-within-the-company called Universes

They wrote and performed "Party People" at the festival a few years back, and that's when we first got to know Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, who goes by "Ninja." 

1 In 4 Oregon Vehicles Has Unfixed Recalls

May 15, 2017
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As summer approaches, many Oregonians may be considering a road trip. But it’s somewhat disconcerting to know that 1 in 4 vehicles has an unfixed manufacturer’s recall.

High Flows, Cool Temperatures Throw Northwest Salmon Forecast For A Loop

May 15, 2017
Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune

Oregon fishery managers have postponed a catch-and-release salmon and steelhead fishery on the Columbia River set to open this weekend, and say abnormal water conditions this spring have flung them, and their ability to predict what will happen next, into new territory.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down a request by Oregon for relief funds to assist farmers and other people hard hit by winter storms.

The 2017 Music on the Half Shell season was announced on May 11th, and will feature a diverse lineup of artists over 8 weeks this summer at Roseburg's Stewart Park.

The full season includes:

Siskiyou Food Assistance

The interactive map at the website of Feeding America shows the levels of food insecurity county-by-county across the country. 

And one county in our region stands out: Siskiyou County is the county most likely to contain hungry people, and it is listed as the most food-insecure county in California. 

Siskiyou Food Assistance is one of several organizations working to help feed local residents. 

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