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Jefferson Exchange | January 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:38 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

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Peggy Carr at the National Center for Education Statistics explains the many numbers available.

A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause. 

The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.   California came in 33rd in the same list.

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Wages And Benefits Under Discussion
6:14 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote

Medford's Jackson Elementary School
Credit Medford School District

After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.

The Mail Tribune reports that bargaining teams from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association have met three times this month, totaling about 30 hours, to negotiate the remaining articles of a new contract.

The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union.

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Special Coverage
1:54 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

President Obama's State Of The Union Address Tuesday At 6pm

On Tuesday evening, January 28th at 6pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast NPR's coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, and for a different perspective and analysis, the News & Information Service will carry the BBC's coverage of the speech at that same time.

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Is Jerry Brown Invincible?
1:36 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

TARP's "$700 Billion Man" Wants To Lead California

Former "TARP" chief Neel Kashkari tells a crowd at Sacramento State University Tuesday that he's running for governor of California.
Credit Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

A former US Treasury official throws his hat in the ring for California governor

He’s never held elected office.  He’s not a household name.  To the extent he is known, it’s for running the politically unpopular federal bank bailout program.  And he’s the man many California Republicans are counting on to rescue their party.  He is Neel Kashkari , a former US Treasury official under Presidents Bush and Obama.  And now, he’s now running for governor of California.

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Britt Festivals
9:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Britt Announces 2014 Classical Season

Banjoist Bela Fleck performs his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra on August 8th

Teddy Abrams talks about conducting, traveling, and this summer's Britt season.

Britt Festivals' 2014 classical festival will strike out in new and adventurous directions under new Music Director Teddy Abrams, with guests soloists including banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, and a complete performance of Mahler's massive Symphony Number 1.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:19 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Pot Versus Fish In California Waters

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Scott Greacen lays out the issues with the Eel River, many caused by marijuana growing.

Marijuana versus the environment: who ever would have seen that coming? 

But the first hurts the second, at least when illegal growing operations trash the landscape and nearby waterways.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:17 am
Tue January 21, 2014

OR-7 Checks In (With Help From Human Friends)

One of OR-7's relatives.
Credit Oregon State University

ODFW's Russ Morgan talks about wolf behavior--and OR-7's specific moves.

He's so famous, he doesn't even need a name: OR-7, Oregon's wandering wolf.

And California's, now and then. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:38 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Trying A New Approach To Jail Funding In Klamath County

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Randy L. Shaw explains the plan to fund the Klamath County jail with a fee system.

Klamath County is another of the counties constrained by a small public safety budget. 

Now a group is proposing a fee on every household and business in the county to fund jail operations.

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Ethical Dilemma
7:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Killing One Owl Species To Save Another

Biologist Lowell Diller bands a spotted owl on forest lands owned by the Green Diamond Resource Company in Humboldt County,
Liam Moriarty JPR

A look at the wisdom - and ethics - of shooting barred owls to save spotted owls

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Northwest Forest Plan scaled back logging across the region, in large part to preserve habitat for the endangered northern spotted owl. But the spotted owl continues to decline. Scientists blame the larger, more aggressive barred owl for pushing the spotted owl out of its natural habitat. Now, federal wildlife managers have begun shooting barred owls to see if removing the competition will allow spotted owls to recover.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:59 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Lane County Jail Releases Slow Down

Lane County Jail.
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Sgt. Steven French of the Lane County Sheriff's Office describes the change in jail releases.

The Lane County Jail was one of several in Oregon that earned a reputation as a “revolving door” jail. 

Inmates seemed to depart soon after they arrived, because there simply was not room enough to hold all the people awaiting trial. 

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