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

Counting California's Record Grape Harvest

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Jeff Bitter of Allied Grape Growers Association describes the wine grape harvest of 2013.

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.
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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

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Stacy de Assis Matthews explains the new law on non-medical exemptions for child vaccines in Oregon.

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

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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

Aired 2-21-2014

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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Jefferson Exchange | February 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Klamath County Prepares For Drought

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Commissioner Tom Mallams lays out the bleak prospects for water users in drought-bound Klamath County.

California got there first, but Oregon is not far behind: declaring drought before winter is even over. 

Gov. Jerry Brown made the California declaration in mid-January.  Gov. Kitzhaber has only made declarations for four Oregon counties so far: Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur. 

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Rally At District Office
6:11 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Medford Union Supporters Plan Occupation

Supporters of the striking Medford teachers are being called to occupy the offices of the Medford School District this morning. A facebook effort has been launched, urging supporters to go to the offices at 7 this morning.

Union officials say they don’t know who is organizing the event, but it is posted as a peaceful protest.

In a comment on the Occupy549C facebook page, the author says he recognizes that teachers will not be able to go on the district property, but urges teachers to ask family and friends to participate.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation

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Aimee Code of Xerces Society talks about efforts to reform pesticide use that will help bees.

The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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Students Plan Walk-Out
5:53 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Strike Talks Continue

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Talks between striking Medford teachers and the Medford School District continued yesterday and both sides say they are intent on settling a contract as quickly as possible. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of their proposals.

The Mail Tribune reports that talks were continuing late into the night.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

E-Cigarettes Legislation Dies in Oregon Legislature

An E-cigarette and various bottles of fuel.
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Rep. Phil Barnhart explains his opposition to e-cigarettes, and why the bills died in the legislature.

Oregon's short 2014 legislative session will end without new regulations on new cigarettes. 

Electronic or “E-cigarettes” came on the market fast enough to catch many regulators by surprise.

Yes, there is nicotine in the devices, but no actual tobacco.  Users do inhale burned nicotine and other substances, but in the form of vapor, not smoke. 

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