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3:54 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Zemlinsky String Quartet Live Session

Zemlinsky String Quartet
Qamuuqin Maxwell

Since its founding in 1994, The Zemlinsky String Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The ensemble is named after the Austrian composer, conductor and teacher Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942), whose enormous contribution to Czech, German and Jewish culture during his 16-year stay in Prague was underestimated for decades. His four string quartets (the second one being dedicated to his student and brother-in-law Arnold Schönberg) belong to the basic repertoire of the ensemble.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Why Southern Oregon University Must "Retrench"

Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University
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SOU President Mary Cullinan explains the need for, and process of, retrenchment.

The use of the word "retrenchment" at Southern Oregon University this week is more than euphemism.

The retrenchment process allows the administration to cut programs and faculty without breaking contracts.  And SOU needs to make cuts to stay within its budget. 

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California Trial Ending
6:58 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Prison Pepper Spray Use Under Debate

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Attorneys for California, and those representing prison inmates, are presenting a federal judge with starkly different views of prison guards' use of pepper spray against the mentally ill.

At issue in the trial that ended yesterday is whether guards' heavy use of pepper spray against some mentally ill inmates violates prisoners' civil rights.

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Change To State Owned Stores Possible
6:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Oregon Liquor Laws Under Study

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An Oregon Liquor Control Commission task force says the state needs to change the system to increase consumer access to spirits.

It will be up to the Legislature to decide, and the task force suggested some ideas Thursday in recommendations to the commission.

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Cover Oregon
6:20 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Health Insurance Freak-out: Time To Take A Deep Breath?

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Clearing up health insurance confusion

The end of the year is approaching, government health care websites are failing and people across Oregon are anxious about how the new health  care reform law will affect them. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty reports there’s cause for concern, but there’s no need to panic.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:38 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Understanding The Latest Western Climate Pact

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Dan Jacobson of Environment California talks about efforts to stop global warming.

The inability of Congress to agree on much of anything slows down legislation in many fronts. 

Climate change is one of these, and political leaders in the West are not waiting around. 

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Coordinated Care Working
7:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits

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New state data show that Oregon Health Plan members are making fewer visits to the emergency room and more visits to primary care providers.

Per-person spending growth fell by 1 percentage point.

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Legislative Committee Rules
6:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Localities Can't Turn Down Marijuana Dispensaries

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The Oregon Legislature's legal advisors say local governments cannot 'just say no' to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Oregonian reports that the opinion was sought after the city of Medford adopted a local ordinance saying business licenses will not be given to anyone who violates local, state, and federal laws.

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5:24 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Southern Oregon University Announces "Retrenchment" Cutbacks

Lead in text: 
Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan announced plans to make cuts in programs and staff to cover a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.
Campus Community: This afternoon, November 5, 2013, I informed our campus of our need to pursue a course of program reduction and/or elimination to meet our budget challenges. This announcement initiates a process resulting in a final plan by March.
Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Encouraging Bicycle Tourism In Oregon

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Harry Dalgaard talks up Travel Oregon's "Bike Friendly Business" program.

So maybe you run errands or even get to work on your bicycle. 

But the idea of taking longer trips--actually taking vacations on a bicycle--is on the rise. 

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