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Jefferson Exchange | January 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Driving Toward An EV Future

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Jeff Allen and Richard Csuk talk about the wonders of electric vehicles.

If you're not driving a hybrid or electric vehicle yet, chances are pretty good that you will soon. 

Especially in Oregon, where the trade association Drive Oregon puts in a lot of miles (and watts, we presume) boosting electric vehicles, or EVs. 

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Buy Feed Or Sell
5:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Drought Forces California Ranchers To Make Tough Choices

Cattle owned by Jim Gates of Nevada County Free Range Beef. So far he’s used two year’s worth of hay this season because of the drought.
Credit Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

California Drought Takes A Toll On Ranchers
California’s ranchers depend on fall and winter rains to keep grasses growing for their livestock. But the state’s drought is forcing them to make tough decisions. With rangelands dry statewide, moving herds isn’t an option. Many are resorting to buying feed, but its rising cost is making that choice difficult.
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11:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

JPR & OPB Team Up: State Of Jefferson Issues

Lead in text: 
Oregon Public Broadcasting makes occasional treks to the State of Jefferson to explore issues of statewide interest to its audience. Listen Friday (1/31) at Noon as we air OPB's Think Out Loud, live from the Jacksonville Inn. If you'd like to attend the live broadcast, see below...
Peter Laufer/The Elusive State of Jefferson What is the State of Jefferson? Is is a historic secessionist movement? A state of mind? An imaginary, "mythical state"? An inevitable, soon-to-be 51st state? The answer - depending on who you ask - is "yes."
Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:52 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Reducing Child Abuse: 90 by 30

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Phyllis Barkhurst and Jeff Todahl talk about the formation of the 90 by 30 program.

Child abuse is more widely recognized than ever before, and the work of eliminating it continues.

Lane County is home to the 90 by 30 program, an effort to reduce child abuse by 90% by the year 2030.

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Move Is Preparation For Possible Strike
5:57 am
Thu January 30, 2014

State Of Emergency Declared In Medford School District

A state of emergency has been declared by the Medford School Board. The move yesterday is part of preparations for a fast-approaching teachers' strike after negotiations using state mediators failed to produce an agreement with the union this week.

The Mail Tribune reports the board passed emergency resolutions that would give Superintendent Phil Long extra authority, prohibit picketing on school property, restrict signs and banners on district facilities and authorize spending to continue school operations in the event of a strike.

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California's Emerald Triangle
5:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Pot vs Fish: Can We Grow Salmon-Friendly Weed?

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Efforts to reduce threats to salmon habitat from marijuana farming in northern California

As marijuana has become more mainstream, the business of cultivating the plant has boomed. That’s true nowhere more than in coastal northern California. There, the so-called Emerald Triangle of Mendocino, Trinity and Humboldt counties is believed to be the largest cannabis-growing region in the US.

But as the hills have sprouted thousands of new grow operations, haphazard cultivation is threatening the recovery of endangered west coast salmon and steelhead populations.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ashland Considers Gun Regulations

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Dave Herring explains the effort to put new gun regulations on the books in Ashland.

Last year provided a good demonstration of what often happens to gun-control legislation in Congress. 

The aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut included an increase in public sentiment for some kinds of gun legislation, including universal background checks for gun sales. 

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Live Session Archive
10:21 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Devil Makes Three Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 1-29-2014

Comprised of frontman/guitarist Pete Bernhard, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Cooper McBean, and upright bassist Lucia Turino, the drummerless acoustic trio is not your normal alt.country band. 

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No Agreement In Sight.
5:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Medford Educators Meet

After more than eight hours yesterday, the Medford School District and the union representing its teachers ended a state-mediated negotiating session with no new agreements and no scheduled date as to when the sides would meet again.

The Mail Tribune reports that while the sides did not meet face-to-face during the day, they did exchange new proposals. That’s according to Alex Pulaski of the Oregon School Boards Association.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:00
11:04 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Smarter Freshmen At U. Of Oregon

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Jim Rowlands at the U. of Oregon explains the approach to bringing in higher-achieving freshmen.

Students entering the University of Oregon as freshmen this year are more accomplished than their predecessors, at least by the numbers. 

This year's freshman class set records for grade point average and SAT scores. 

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