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Numbers Of Covered Increasing
7:29 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cover Oregon Enlists People

Credit oregonlive.com

The director of Cover Oregon says the state's insurance exchange has enrolled an estimated 7,500 people in private health plans.

The number released yesterday is a significant increase over the 730 people who'd been enrolled a week ago.

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Protesters Jailed In Oregon
7:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey

Credit opb.org

More than a dozen megaload protesters are in Oregon's Grant County jail. A woman who works at the jail says the people were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

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Listener Announcement
5:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

2014 Program Lineup

Classics & News Schedule

Beginning in January, JPR made a number of changes to its three program service schedules.  In all, thirteen new shows were added to our schedules, including The Moth Radio Hour and American Routes

Many popular programs returned to the airwaves like Radiolab, and Science Friday, and a number of existing programs moved to either new spots in the schedule, or in the case of Fresh Air and Q, a different schedule entirely.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jackson County Food Banks Reach 1-Million Pounds

Credit The Medford Food Project

John Javna shares the history and future of the Food Project concept.

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

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More People Might Sign Up
6:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon's Health Exchange May Extend Date

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's health insurance exchange, and insurance carriers, are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get health coverage starting January 1.

Cover Oregon Acting Director Bruce Goldberg said Thursday that he's working with carriers and state regulators to push back the December 15 deadline for people to select a plan after the state has informed them of their options.

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Pots To Be Set Today
6:27 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Dungeness Crab Prices Set

Credit Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

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Not Guilty Plea Entered
7:14 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Accused Medford Bomber Has Trial Date

Credit Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune/AP

The man accused of bombing the district attorney's office in Medford, Oregon pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.

The Mail Tribune reports the trial for 46-year-old Alan Leroy McVay of White City is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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WIll Cardholders Be Able To Smoke In Shops
6:56 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Decision Soon On Marijuana Use At Dispensaries

Officials at the Oregon Health Authority will have to decide soon whether medical marijuana cardholders should be allowed to use the drug at dispensaries that will become legal next year under a new state law.

An advisory committee discussed that topic and others at its final meeting yesterday. The state expects to finalize dispensary regulations by next month. They'll take effect in March.

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Deadline APril 18th
6:44 am
Thu December 12, 2013

California Gets More Time On Prison Overcrowding

Credit California Department of Corrections

California's deadline to cut its prison population has been extended until April 18th.

A panel of federal judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Governor Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates.

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Flu Season
7:10 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Taking A Closer Look At Your Antibacterial Hand Soap

Research raises questions about the safety of a widely used ingredient in antibacterial soaps.
Credit Malinaccier/wikimedia commons

A widely used anti-bacterial ingredient could pose risks.

As winter flu season comes on, many of us in the Northwest start reaching for the anti-bacterial hand soap and similar products to kill the germs that spread the illness.

Now, research from the University of California Davis adds to a growing body of science that questions whether a key ingredient in hundreds of anti-bacterial products is safe.

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