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World Renewal Ceremony
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wiyot Tribe Heals Ancestral Home

Cheryl Seidner, Wiyot elder and councilwoman, stands near the Wiyot Center in Loleta, California.
Michael Joyce | JPR

This weekend, the Wiyot tribe of Humboldt Bay, near Eureka, will hold its World Renewal Ceremony. This will be the first time the tribe has performed the ceremony in 154 years. The last time was in 1860, when white settlers ambushed the tribe and massacred more than a hundred people.

Both natives and non-natives have struggled to heal that painful past, and the Wiyot say the ceremony is important to the tribe’s future.

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Live Session Archive
2:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Paula Cole Live Session

Aired 3-28-2014

Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s poetic, touching, and intelligent writing makes her stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 27, 2014 | 9:00
12:15 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Doctors Work To Curtail Opioid Addiction

Credit Wikimedia

We visit with group of experts and members to discuss the process and success.

While we stayed focused on heroin and other illegal drugs, prescription painkiller leaped to the top of the list of most-abused drugs in America. 

Efforts to bring the so-called "opioid" (synthetic opium) drugs under greater control led to the formation of the Opioid Prescribers Group in Jackson and Josephine Counties. 

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Victim, Wrong-Way Driver Identified
7:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

I-5 Re-opens After Head-on Crash Kills Ashland Woman

The 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Richard Webster Scott that caused the fatal accident on I-5 last night.
Credit Oregon State Police

12:00 noon -- An Ashland woman is dead and a Grants Pass man is hospitalized after a wrong-way crash about five miles south of Medford that closed southbound Interstate 5 most of Thursday morning. 

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The Atlanta Symphony May 2nd at 8pm

Conductor Robert Spano Leads the Atlanta Symphony

On Friday night, May 2nd at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Atlanta Symphony.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 26, 2014
10:10 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Jackson County Declares A Drought

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Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal explains the drought disaster declaration.

The rains returned to the region this week, but for how long?  Unless they continue for a very long time, much of the region is looking at a drought this year. 

California declared a statewide drought in January.  Individual counties in Oregon have been following along in the weeks since.  Jackson County joined the list just last week. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 26, 2014
10:10 am
Wed March 26, 2014

VENTSday: Managing Water + Free Tuition

Credit guernicamag.org

Listeners vent on college tuition and drought behavior changes.

The handling of the drought by governments/individuals and the idea of free tuition at public institutions are our topics on this week's VENTSday.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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

Protecting Older Buildings From Earthquakes

Ashland's Plaza, lined with pretty buildings with potential seismic issues.
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Michael Grubbs discusses the process for changing Ashland's building codes for seismic retrofits.

The old buildings that give downtown areas character in places like Ashland are often made of brick.  

And there's a potential problem: older buildings made of unreinforced masonry are prone to heavy damage in earthquakes. 

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New Hope
7:30 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
Credit Taylor Winkle/Northwest News Network

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Oregon, there are more than 20,000 homeless students, in California, nearly a quarter million. And for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems.

Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Marijuana Dispensaries Under Review
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ashland To Consider Dispensary Ban

The Ashland City Council is following the lead of other Oregon cities, and considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.  The town faces six dispensary applications and mounting neighborhood opposition.

The Mail Tribune reports the council will discuss a temporary moratorium tomorrow night, in a meeting open to the public.

People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system. Two applicants have received business licenses in Ashland so far.

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