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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hashtagging World Population Day

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Stephanie Feldstein explains the #crowdedplanet campaign.

We welcome you to World Population Day! 

And you, and you, and you…  you get the idea here. 

Earth is home to an estimated 7.2 Billion people, and today (July 11) is the day several organizations want people to consider the impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Charging Motorboaters More In Oregon

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Scott Brewen lays out the case for a higher motorboat registration fee in Oregon.

The greater fuel efficiency of cars means fewer gallons of gas are being sold, so less tax money gets set aside for road-building. 

It's an issue on the water, too… recreational boating has increased in Oregon in the past five years, but fuel tax revenue declined.  And so did motorboat registrations. 

So the state marine board approved a motorboat registration fee increase, from $3 a foot to $5 a foot, pending legislative approval.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cleaning Up Behind The Mine

Agriculture and aggregate operations coexist near Corvallis.
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Ali Ryan explains DOGAMI's regulation of mines... and awards to good ones.

It's one of the sharper debates in extractive industries: what happens to land that has been mined. 

Think about strip mines and mountaintop-removal mining. 

Now think happier thoughts, because Oregon rewards companies that do good work in reclaiming mined land. 

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Environment
5:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Drought May Lead More Cities To Turn Wastewater Into Drinking Water

Reclaimed wastewater at an Orange County Water District facility in Anaheim.
Credit Capital Public Radio

Using recycled water to irrigate parks, golf courses and agriculture is one thing. Turning it into drinking water is quite another. But that’s exactly what Orange County has done for the last six years. In fact, it’s the largest potable recycled water project in the world.

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4:40 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety Culture As Oil Trains Roll On

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Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year. Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That oil can catch fire and explode when trains derail. More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Oregon and Washington. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil. The company regularly touts its commitment to safety. But an EarthFix investigation reveals some troubling patterns in the way BNSF deals with whistleblowers.
BNSF Railway, the second-largest freight network in the U.S., is at the center of the boom in crude by rail. The railroad touts its commitment to safety. Current and former workers question the safety culture on the ground. | credit: Michael Werner | rollover image for more SNOHOMISH, Wash.
Jefferson Exchange | July 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Oregon's New Housing Law

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John Van Landingham and Deborah Imse discuss Oregon's new housing law.

Discrimination in rental housing is banned under law. 

But landlords in Oregon could refuse to rent to people who got rental assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. 

That ended effective July 1, when the Housing Choice Act went into effect under Oregon law. 

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Waste Not, Want Not
4:53 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Drought Gives California Cities Reason To Reuse Sewage Water

Sewage gets a new life at the Fresno-Clovis Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility.
Credit Capital Public Radio

As the California drought meets the summer heat, water managers continue to look for ways to secure water for people who need it. Governor Jerry Brown wants more recycled water production. The administration has made $800 million available in loan financing for water agencies to treat wastewater. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Guide For Safe Summer Swimming

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Forrest English explains The Swim Guide.

On those hot days, it's hard to resist a swim in a cool body of water. 

But findings of toxic algae and high bacteria levels in area lakes and rivers make a few swimmers more cautious. 

The Rogue Riverkeeper program is set up to help... with The Swim Guide. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Hobby Lobby/Contraceptives Reaction

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Jimmy Radosta expresses concern about the Hobby Lobby case.

Who knew a place with the rhythmic name of "Hobby Lobby" could cause such an uproar? 

But that's what happened recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby stores do not have to cover certain contraceptives in their employee health plans, for religious reasons. 

The outcry from reproductive rights groups has been sharp. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Helping The Holly Come Back

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Randy McKay updates the Holly restoration/seat sponsorships.

Façade upgrade, check. 

Roof beam repair, check. 

Medford's Holly Theatre is coming back to life, slowly but surely. 

The Holly is not yet open for performances, but is open for tours. 

And those are impressing visitors and helping bring in dollars to finish the restoration. 

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