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10:21 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Devil Makes Three Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 1-29-2014

Comprised of frontman/guitarist Pete Bernhard, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Cooper McBean, and upright bassist Lucia Turino, the drummerless acoustic trio is not your normal alt.country band. 

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No Agreement In Sight.
5:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Medford Educators Meet

After more than eight hours yesterday, the Medford School District and the union representing its teachers ended a state-mediated negotiating session with no new agreements and no scheduled date as to when the sides would meet again.

The Mail Tribune reports that while the sides did not meet face-to-face during the day, they did exchange new proposals. That’s according to Alex Pulaski of the Oregon School Boards Association.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:00
11:04 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Smarter Freshmen At U. Of Oregon

Credit University of Oregon

Jim Rowlands at the U. of Oregon explains the approach to bringing in higher-achieving freshmen.

Students entering the University of Oregon as freshmen this year are more accomplished than their predecessors, at least by the numbers. 

This year's freshman class set records for grade point average and SAT scores. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:30
11:02 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Oregon Traffic Fatalities Running Low

Credit Ken Lund

Troy Costales from ODOT explains how highway traffic fatalities are tallied.

Before the turn of the century, Oregon's annual number of traffic fatalities was generally worse than the national average. 

What a turnaround.  The preliminary numbers for last year show a number--316--that has been this low only once since World War II. 

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Labor/Employment
6:10 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:43 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Farmers + Enviros = Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships

Crop spraying on the farm.
Credit Wikimedia

Allison Hensey of the Oregon Environmental Council explains the workings of pesticide stewardship partnerships.

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," we're still debating the proper use of pesticides. 

And the debate often puts environmental groups and farmers at odds with each other. 

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Off Air Announcement
4:54 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Rogue Valley Broadcast Outage

Due to what we assume were the high winds whipping through the Rogue Valley, we experienced two significant outages on the Classics & News and Rhythm & News Services in the Medford/Ashland area on Friday afternoon.

Service was restored just before 5pm.  Thank you for your patience.

Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Business Of Medical Marijuana

Alex Rogers and Anthony Johnson talk about working with Oregon's medical marijuana program.

Marijuana is a business in Oregon, like it or not. 

And even though the regulatory environment is constantly shifting, there are people trying to make an honest dollar at it. 

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Oregon "Least Affordable"
6:51 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Oregon's Child Care Affordability Trap

Demetria Hebert with daughter Lillian, 5, and son Zander, 4, at the SOU Schneider Children's Center
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

Dealing with the high costs of day care

With stay-at-home parents increasingly rare, finding high quality, affordable child care has become a major challenge for many families. A recent report found Oregon has the least-affordable child care in the nation. This is a look at the hurdles parents face and how some are coping with the squeeze.

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Britt/South Stage Cellars
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

2014 Rising Stars Competition Continues

The third annual Rising Stars competition will continue live competition rounds at South Stage Cellars tasting room in Jacksonville each Saturday in February.

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