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The "Green Bags" Go Big
4:08 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Feeding The Neighbors: The Food Project Hits A Big Milestone

Mary Shaffer and sons Gabriel and Rio with a haul of donated groceries in the Food Project's distinctive Green Bags
Credit Giancarlo

Ride along with the Giancarlo family as they help push the Food Project in Jackson County to its millionth pound of donated food

With federal unemployment benefits ending for more than 45,000 jobless Northwesterners, and as Congress acts to further slash food stamps, putting meals on the table is about to become even more of a challenge for many. One innovative community approach to hunger just reached an impressive milestone. JPR’s Liam Moriarty spent a frosty morning with a family who is among those who’ve made the Ashland Food Project a potent model of compassion in action. 

www.neighborhoodfoodproject.com

"I seriously just wanted to die"
3:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

U.S. Immigration Policy Leaves Behind 'Orphans Of Deportation'

Ashley, 18, left, Brian, 21, and Karleen Tapia pose for a photo outside their home in Bend. Their single mother was deported to Mexico in September 2011.
Credit Jordana Gustafson/OPB

A visit with siblings whose mother had to leave the US

Divided families have become a focal point in the national immigration reform debate.  Many families separated by deportation are from Latino communities across the country. 

Three siblings in one family in Bend continue a long wait for their mother who was deported more than two years ago.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

What To Do About Oregon's Spotted Frog

Credit Bendsource.com

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams weighs in on spotted frog habitat.

More troubles for the spotted frog. 

The Klamath County commissioners have voted unanimously against the idea of designating more than 56,000 acres in Oregon as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog.

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Northern California Clover Fire Killed One Man
6:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Alleged Arsonist Arrested In Fatal California Fire

The Clover Fire burns near Igo in summer of 2013.
Credit Garrett Frey/CalFire

A man has been arrested for arson for starting two small fires that joined and erupted into the fatal Clover Fire in Northern California in September.

Zane Wallace Peterson was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including suspicion of murder, arson on forest lands, and arson causing great bodily injury, according to Scott McLean, a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Numbers Of Covered Increasing
7:29 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cover Oregon Enlists People

Credit oregonlive.com

The director of Cover Oregon says the state's insurance exchange has enrolled an estimated 7,500 people in private health plans.

The number released yesterday is a significant increase over the 730 people who'd been enrolled a week ago.

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Protesters Jailed In Oregon
7:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey

Credit opb.org

More than a dozen megaload protesters are in Oregon's Grant County jail. A woman who works at the jail says the people were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

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Listener Announcement
5:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

2014 Program Lineup

Classics & News Schedule

Beginning in January, JPR made a number of changes to its three program service schedules.  In all, thirteen new shows were added to our schedules, including The Moth Radio Hour and American Routes

Many popular programs returned to the airwaves like Radiolab, and Science Friday, and a number of existing programs moved to either new spots in the schedule, or in the case of Fresh Air and Q, a different schedule entirely.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jackson County Food Banks Reach 1-Million Pounds

Credit The Medford Food Project

John Javna shares the history and future of the Food Project concept.

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

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More People Might Sign Up
6:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon's Health Exchange May Extend Date

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's health insurance exchange, and insurance carriers, are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get health coverage starting January 1.

Cover Oregon Acting Director Bruce Goldberg said Thursday that he's working with carriers and state regulators to push back the December 15 deadline for people to select a plan after the state has informed them of their options.

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Pots To Be Set Today
6:27 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Dungeness Crab Prices Set

Credit Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

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