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.
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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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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2013
11:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Childcare Least Affordable In Oregon

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Jada Rupley, Oregon's Early Learning Director, responds to the lack of affordable child care and talks about efforts to change the situation.

Oregon can be an expensive place to raise a child.

In actual dollars, other states rank higher, but Oregon families pay a greater portion of their income for child care than in any other state. 

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The Shifting Landscape of Health Care
5:59 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Insurers Restrict Choice Of Doctors To Save Costs

San Francisco-based insurance broker Susan Shargel says insurers should make it more clear that changing plans may mean your doctor is no longer in your network.
Credit Pauline Bartolone/CPR

Keeping your doctor is getting harder

As people shop for new insurance under the federal health law, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions.

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Snow & Ice
5:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

School Closings and Delays for Friday

The following schools have reported closures or delayed starts for

Friday/December 13, 2013:

Schools Closed:

  • Fern Ridge
  • North Douglas
  • Rogue River
  • Three Rivers District

Schools Opening Late:

  • Ashland: 1-hour delay
  • Central Point: 2-hour delay
  • Eagle Point: 2-hour delay
  • Eugene/4J: buses on snow routes
  • Grants Pass District 7: 2-hour delay
  • Junction City: buses on snow routes
  • Sutherlin: buses on snow routes
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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2013
11:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Eugene Gets A "Rest Stop" For Homeless

Credit Lulu Vision

Eugene develops a "rest stop" for the homeless; Michael Wisth describes the process.

The city of Eugene is finally getting a "rest stop"… but not the kind where travelers pull off the freeway for a few minutes. 

"Rest stop" in this context means a place for homeless people to spend the night in tents, a legal place to sleep in town. 

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Brrrrrrr ...
6:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Cold Enough For You? Arctic Weather Bites The Northwest

Icicle weather in the Rogue Valley
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

The cold snap that plunged the Northwest into arctic-like winter last week is lingering, making it a challenge to do everything from getting to work to taking a shower. We look at how the big freeze is affecting people across the region.

Winter is getting off to a brisk start in the normally-mild Pacific Northwest. Overnight temperatures have broken sub-zero records in some areas.  

Apparently, we can blame Canada.

Matthew Cohen is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.

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