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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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Wiki-bills in Sacramento
3:52 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Lawmaker Turns to Crowdsourcing to Create Legislation

Credit Office of Mike Gatto

There’s a bit of a political experiment underway in Sacramento. An assemblyman is attempting to use crowd sourcing as a way to craft legislation.
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Jefferson Exchange | March 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Ashland And A Culture Of Peace

David Wick and Eric Sirotkin explain their push for a Culture of Peace Commission for Ashland.

Celebrations of peace draw crowds in Ashland.

Maybe the city should help encourage them, goes the thinking. 

Some city residents are pushing for the creation of a Culture of Peace Commission (CPC). 

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