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“I’d Like That Lawyer To Go Pick Cherries ..."
6:10 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Washington State Supreme Court To Rule On Farm Worker Rest Breaks

Workers who brought a case against Sakuma Brothers farms look on as the Washington State Supreme Court hears arguments in the Central Washington town of Toppenish.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

The Washington State Supreme Court is weighing changes to the way farmworkers get paid. At issue are rest breaks, just 10 or 20 minutes out of the workday.

The verdict could have far-reaching impacts on the Northwest’s fruit industry.

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Making Markets For Carbon Trading

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Even if you know the basics of carbon taxes and fees--to charge polluters for putting carbon in the air--the details can blow some smoke into your brain. 

Tom Bowerman at Policy Interactive has a grasp of the details. 

He wrote bills currently before the Oregon legislature that would set up carbon cost mechanisms. 

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JeffX | March 24, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Commenting On Klamath NF's Fire Recovery Plans UPDATED with Open House Plans

The Happy Camp Complex, last summer.
Credit KQED San Francisco

The fires are cold, but the scars remain.

Several fires burned large swaths of the Klamath National Forest during the summer and fall of 2014.

Now the Forest Service proposes rehabilitation projects in those areas: The Westside Fire Recovery Project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is out and comments are open until the middle of April.

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tough Times For Papers, Even On Campus

The modern version of a morning paper.
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It's a tough business climate for journalism. 

How do you get people to buy the information you offer when they can get so much online, for free? 

The situation affects journalists-in-training, too, like at the Southern Oregon University online publication "The Siskiyou."

It ceased printing a paper version several years ago, and now faces additional pressures to deliver or face downgrades. 

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"We're At The Very Beginning."
6:11 am
Tue March 31, 2015

What Does A Tribal Education Look Like?

Students work on creating poster logos for the Soaring Butterflies, Warrior Spirit after-school program at the Warm Springs Academy.
Credit Amanda Peacher/OPB

A century ago, Native American children were often taken from their families and educated in boarding schools that sought to “civilize” them by imposing American and European culture.

Now, a school on the Warm Springs Reservation in north central Oregon is working to give Indian children an education that prepares them for life and work in the 21st century but still honors and keeps alive their traditional tribal culture. 

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JeffX | March 30, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Conservationist Concern Over Klamath Fire Follow

The Happy Camp Fire from space; infrared imaging makes the smoke disappear.
Credit Worldview-3

Count on a lot of comments on the Westside Fire Recovery Project in the Klamath National Forest.

The project would involve salvage logging and other activities in three major areas burned by fires in the summer of 2014.

We talked to the forest bosses in a previous segment; now we hear the concerns of KS Wild and other conservation groups.

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"He's A Big Part Of My Life"
4:39 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

What Happens To Drug-Sniffing Dogs When Pot Becomes Legal?

Bak, a drug detection dog, is facing early retirement. In an era of legal pot, he's overqualified.
Credit Kate Davidson/OPB

Dogs trained to use their highly-developed sense of smell to detect illegal drugs have long been a staple of law enforcement anti-drug efforts. There are dozens of these dogs working for a variety of agencies in Oregon.

So, now that’s marijuana is becoming legal in Oregon, what happens to these canine officers? OPB’s Kate Davidson visits one of these drug dogs facing that dilemma.

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Live Session Archive
6:43 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

decker. Live Session

Eric Teel

Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ based songwriter Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. “Tailor-made for a Coen Brothers western,” as one reviewer put it, “the music is dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest.

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JeffX | March 27, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri March 27, 2015

BLM Timber Sale Pulled Back For Review

"Second Show" timber sale gets a second look.
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The controversial "Second Show" timber sale will now get a second look from the federal Bureau of Land Management. 

BLM proposed the sale for an area northeast of Springfield, but environmental groups, including Cascadia Wildlands, objected.  Strenuously, and in court. 

So BLM just put the sale on hold pending further environmental analysis. 

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JeffX | March 27, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Targeting Antibiotics In Oregon Farm Animals

Credit Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

We get frequent warnings from health officials about the overuse of antibiotics. 

If the drugs don't help, we shouldn't take them. 

That's a harder message to get across to the agriculture industry, which routinely supplies the drugs to farm animals to make them free of infection and growing briskly. 

OSPIRG is pushing bills in the Oregon legislature to limit the practice. 

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"It Still Haunts Me To This Day."
9:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Oregon Campaign To Help Ex-Convicts Seeks To “Ban The Box”

Remember the last job application you filled out? Chances are there was a box on that form asking you to check it if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. For tens of millions of Americans, that box can be an insurmountable barrier to gaining employment.

Now, a national campaign has come to Oregon that seeks to prevent employers from using that box on job applications. 

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JeffX | March 26, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Back On The Job: Unemployment Continues To Drop

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Oregon's unemployment rate is in unfamiliar territory these days... under six percent. 

More people are employed now than at any time since the recession ended. 

The counties of Southern Oregon tend to deal with unemployment above the state average, and that trend continues. 

The Oregon Employment Department pulls in scads of facts and figures to explain the trends. 

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JeffX | March 26, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Meeting Late-In-Life Challenges With Peer Counseling

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Change is constant in life, but it can have a greater impact in later years. 

Aging and retirement and mortality are facts of life, but not always welcome ones. 

A program called "Age Wise Age Well," a program of the Community Volunteer Network in Jackson County, is designed to help people cope with the changes. 

AWAW provides peer counseling to people over the age of 55. 

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JeffX | March 25, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Pump It Up: Oregon's Clean Fuels Debate

What's coming to your pump?
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The Oregon legislature recently voted to continue the "clean fuels" program begun six years ago. 

The program requires companies selling motor fuels in Oregon to reduce carbon by 10% over the next ten years. 

The Oregon Environmental Council and other groups pushed for the passage of this year's bill, despite warnings from opponents that passage could set up fights over transportation funding. 

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“I don’t think Jesus would want us to suffer"
5:54 am
Wed March 25, 2015

California Christian Group Supports 'Right-to-Die' Bill

Pastor Vernon Holmes prays with some of his parishioners at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Carmichael, California.
Credit Andrew Nixon/CPR

California lawmakers will hear a bill this week that would – as in Oregon -- allow physicians to prescribe medications that would speed the dying process for terminally-ill patients. While many Christians have religious objections to physician-assisted suicide, a group of over a million California Protestants says it now supports the bill. 

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JeffX | March 23, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Six Cases of Meningococcal Disease At U of Oregon

Credit University of Oregon

Much of the vaccination controversy centers around young children. 

Oregon health officials are concerned with an older population, and a specific one: University of Oregon students. 

The Oregon Health Authority urges UO students to get meningitis B shots during spring break (March 23-27); six people have become sick, and one of those has died. 

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JeffX | March 23, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Welfare Reform: F for Oregon, C for California

The days of "welfare queens" and other derogatory terms for people receiving public assistance are supposed to be behind us. 

Congress passed welfare reform nearly 20 years ago to put some conditions on people receiving assistance. 

States continue to work to curtail poverty and provided needed services, and the Heartland Institute in Chicago gives them grades. 

Sorry Oregon, you get an F, and California gets a C. 

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JeffX | March 20, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Environmental Issues With Drought Management

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It surprised absolutely no one when California leaders announced drought emergency measures this week. 

Precipitation has been paltry for several years now, and the winter snowpack that would normally feed streams through the summer is virtually nonexistent. 

Groups focused on the environment, including Earthjustice, raise some issues with the official approach to drought. 

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JeffX | March 20, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Thinning To Reduce Fire Danger And Produce Fuel

The Rim Fire alone burned more than a quarter of a million acres in 2013.
Credit Inciweb.org

The concept of "fire season" has become more fluid over the years, particularly in California. 

Unusually warm weather with little precipitation means parts of the state are prone to wildfire year-round. 

Assembly member Brian Dahle, who represents much of the North end of the state, wants to reduce fire danger and provide fuel for biomass power generation. 

That involves reducing the fuel loads in the forests of the Sierra Nevada, which involves cutting at least some trees. 

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Breaking A 250-Year-Old Legacy
7:02 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Cork Versus Screw Cap: Which Preserves The Flavor Of Wine Better?

Sommelier Tyler Stacy pours a glass of wine at 58 Degrees & Holding Co. in Sacramento.
Credit Leslie McClurg/CPR

In recent years, a growing number of wine makers have been using screw caps rather than natural corks in their bottles. The trend worries natural cork producers, who have mounted an ad campaign targeting Northern California wine buyers.

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