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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

Credit Megathon Charlie/Flickr

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

Credit University of Oregon

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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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:30
11:02 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Oregon Traffic Fatalities Running Low

Credit Ken Lund

Troy Costales from ODOT explains how highway traffic fatalities are tallied.

Before the turn of the century, Oregon's annual number of traffic fatalities was generally worse than the national average. 

What a turnaround.  The preliminary numbers for last year show a number--316--that has been this low only once since World War II. 

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Labor/Employment
6:10 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:43 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Farmers + Enviros = Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships

Crop spraying on the farm.
Credit Wikimedia

Allison Hensey of the Oregon Environmental Council explains the workings of pesticide stewardship partnerships.

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," we're still debating the proper use of pesticides. 

And the debate often puts environmental groups and farmers at odds with each other. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Business Of Medical Marijuana

Alex Rogers and Anthony Johnson talk about working with Oregon's medical marijuana program.

Marijuana is a business in Oregon, like it or not. 

And even though the regulatory environment is constantly shifting, there are people trying to make an honest dollar at it. 

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Oregon "Least Affordable"
6:51 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Oregon's Child Care Affordability Trap

Demetria Hebert with daughter Lillian, 5, and son Zander, 4, at the SOU Schneider Children's Center
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

Dealing with the high costs of day care

With stay-at-home parents increasingly rare, finding high quality, affordable child care has become a major challenge for many families. A recent report found Oregon has the least-affordable child care in the nation. This is a look at the hurdles parents face and how some are coping with the squeeze.

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