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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
3:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The English Concert March 21st at 8pm

The English Concert

On Friday night, March 21st at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The English Concert. 

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University Undergoing Retrenchment
6:33 am
Thu March 6, 2014

SOU Faculty Votes No Confidence In Administration

Southern Oregon University professors overwhelmingly lack confidence in the school's administration, according to the results of a confidential vote released yesterday..

The results of the week-long tally, released by the Faculty Senate, show that most of the 217 faculty members who voted have no confidence in the ability of Vice President of Finance and Administration Craig Morris, Provost Jim Klein and President Mary Cullinan.

The Mail Tribune reports that all but one member of the Faculty Senate voted in favor of holding the confidential vote.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Gearing Up To Fight GMO In Jackson County

Credit João Felipe C.S./Public Domain

The election is more than two months away, but the debate over GMO crops in Jackson County started a long time ago. 

The May primary election will feature Ballot Measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically engineered crops in Jackson County if it passed. 

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Education
5:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

SOU Faculty To Forgo Salary Increases

Faculty members at Southern Oregon University say they have agreed to forgo salary increases this year and next in an effort to soften cuts proposed across the university.

The Mail Tribune reports the faculty union has settled a new two-year contract with university administration.  

Union President Jim Rible said the union hopes that giving up raises will help save positions and money for the university.

University administration announced in November its plan to embark upon retrenchment, a process in which it can cut staff and academic programs as it sees fit.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 4, 2014

E-Cigarette Fire Warning

Credit Wikimedia

It looks like a cigarette, feels like a cigarette… and sometimes even burns like a cigarette. 

Medford's fire department just put out a warning about electronic cigarettes, the "E-cigarettes" that are all over the news of late. 

MFD responded to two incidents in recent months in which the (theoretically) non-burning cigarettes started small fires when being charged. 

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Live Session Archive
7:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Martin Sexton Live Session

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s. Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Teachers TELL Of Their Working Conditions

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

Oregon teachers and principals have more paperwork to fill out, but the latest addition is voluntary. 

The TELL Oregon survey takes information from the teachers and principals about their working conditions, and it's quite detailed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Caged Bird Sings Of Change

Credit Wikimedia

It's not this year, but a previous one, that may be weighing on the minds of California farmers. 

2008's Proposition 2 requires more spacious quarters for egg-laying hens, but it gave farmers more than six years to comply. 

Animal-rights activists at the Humane Society and other groups say many farmers have yet to make any changes, and could miss the deadline. 

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Live Session Archive
1:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Noah Gundersen Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad's Tascam reel-to-reel at age 13. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby) and with their band The Courage.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Small Wineries Team Up For Big Impact

Credit Wikimedia

When you're a small winery seeking a big impact, it helps to have friends.  But OTHER wineries?

That's the tale of the collective calling itself Bear Creek Boutique Wineries. 

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Business
7:26 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Out of the Shadows: An Emerging Cannabis Industry Seeks Respectability

Credit Liam Moriarty/Jefferson Public Radio

On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority started accepting  license applications for the first state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries. The law’s supporters hope to assure patients safe access to their medicine. But as a rapidly expanding list of states allows medical marijuana – and with Washington and Colorado legalizing recreational use of pot – a growing cohort of entrepreneurs hears opportunity knocking.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Shasta County's Chaparral Incident: Burning Down The House

Credit New York Daily News

News organizations far and wide took notice when the Shasta County Sheriff's Office recently burned down a mobile home filled with explosives. 

And the fire came after deputies evacuated nearby residents.  It's not an everyday occurrence, to be sure. 

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Labor/Employment
5:55 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Medford Teachers To Vote Next Week

The pickets are gone, but the contract is not yet ratified.
Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Medford teachers won't vote on a tentative contract agreement with the Medford School District until next week, according to the Medford Mail Tribune.

Union officials say they want an informed vote, so they will distribute ballots Monday to union representatives from each school. Those representatives will pass the ballots out to teachers, who will seal their votes in confidential envelopes.

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Powerful pings
4:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Are Whales At Risk From Navy Sonar Training Plans?

This harbor porpoise was one of nearly a dozen found dead in the wake of a naval sonar exercise in Washington State in 2003.
Credit Center for Whale Research

Active sonar is the Navy’s best weapon to detect the presence of hostile submarines. But that same powerful underwater pulse of sound can harm or even kill whales and other marine mammals. Now, the Navy is seeking permission to continue using a huge swath of the Northwest coast – from northern California to the Canadian border -- for a wide range of naval training and practice, including sonar. The Navy says it’s taking precautions, but others say it’s not enough.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Freeway Interchange Of The Future

The proposed Phoenix interchange.
Credit ODOT

The old "cloverleaf" style of freeway interchange is turning a new leaf. 

More innovative designs are coming along as the years go by.  One of those designs is in the process of being put into place at the Interstate Five interchange in Phoenix, Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Counting California's Record Grape Harvest

Credit Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wikimedia

It takes a while to compile the numbers from California's massive wine grape harvest. 

But here goes: 2013 was a record year, even better than 2012.  The crush records recently compiled show 4.23 Million tons of grapes, for a total crop value of more than $3 Billion. 

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Contract Still To Be Ratified
4:26 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Back In Class: Medford Teachers Return From Strike

Medford's Washington Elementary School.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Striking Medford school teachers returned to their classrooms on Monday, the first day back after a two-week strike.

The teachers' union and the district reached a tentative contract agreement Friday night.  Teachers struck on February 6th over a variety of issues involving pay, benefits, and working conditions.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten

Credit James Gathany/CDC

Parts of our region lead the country in avoiding vaccines. 

Ashland is especially high in the incidence of parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.  That may change under a law that goes into effect next week. 

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Tentative Agreement Reached
8:17 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Medford Teacher Strike Over

Credit Joi Riley/JPR

The Medford teacher strike is over.

Teachers plan to resume teaching on Monday, following an announcement late Friday night that teachers and the Medford School District reached a tentative agreement to end the 16-day strike.

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Live Session Archive
2:35 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

David Lindley Live Session

David Lindley, once called a "maxi-instrumentalist" by Rolling Stone,  performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, Lindley long championed the concept of world music.

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