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Voters In Oregon Coast Town Reject Repeal Of Vacation Rental Rules

Nov 8, 2017
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After months of debate and nearly five years of discussion, voters on Tuesday night decisively rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed Gearhart’s vacation rental rules.

The measure was failing 77 percent to 23 percent with most votes counted.

This Thanksgiving, JPR is serving up a few helpings of special programming for you. Here's what we've got planned...

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Americans love Wal-Mart.  Enough to spend most of their retail dollars there, anyway.  But Wal-Mart has many detractors, including people who blame the big store for killing off the mom-and-pop stores in many downtowns. 

Even Wal-Mart can't make a go of truly small towns, and that's where the dollar stores are taking hold, with nearly 2,000 expected to be built in the United States this year. 

Retail business observer Garrick Brown keeps an eye on trends in the retail world. 

Your local radio station, this one included, doesn't necessarily have to be local anymore. 

The FCC required local stations to keep studios in the cities to which they were licensed.  But that rule will be allowed to drop, so the friendly voice in Klamath Falls may actually be in Chicago. 

That's just one topic in the media of late.  There are always PLENTY of others, as explored by our partners on the communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

Our montly perusal of media topics is called "Signals & Noise." 

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Maybe you were visiting a big city and thought you'd go to a park.  But when you got there, you discovered the "park" was really an open area covered by concrete, with little in the way of natural amenities. 

Benjamin Vogt is an outspoken critic of the "nature deficit" he sees in urban areas. 

And he urges people to grow native plants around them, a point he pounds home in A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future

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As the Oregon Health Authority is working to explain how it miss-spent 74 million dollars in federal Medicaid funds, Oregon’s secretary of state says more evidence of money troubles will be released soon. 

Republican Dennis Richardson told JPR News that an audit report on the health authority will be released by his office in about two weeks. 

Calif. Studies Options For A Legal Pot Industry Still Excluded From Most Banks

Nov 8, 2017
Melissa Bosworth / Capital Public Radio / File

With California’s multi-billion dollar recreational cannabis industry coming online next year, state officials are thinking about piles of money.

report out Tuesday looks at where growers and sellers should park their cash, since most banks won’t touch it.

Because having and selling pot is still a federal crime, unbanked businesses spend a lot of time handling stacks of cash and hoping they don’t get robbed.

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Douglas County voters opted to keep the status quo in county government, rejecting a measure to restructure the board of commissioners in Tuesday's election.  The measure was one of just a few appearing on a typically spotty ballot in an off-year election.

California Legislative Staff Might Finally Get Whistleblower Protection

Nov 7, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

For four straight years, the California Senate has quietly shelved an Assembly bill that would have provided whistleblower protection to legislative employees.

Now, the sexual harassment turmoil at the Capitol could give the bill new life, with California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León's office now backing the effort.

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Will health care ever be out of the news?  Perhaps someday.  But today is not that day. 

With talk of "repeal and replace" still fresh in Washington and new calls for single-payer national health insurance (from Bernie Sanders et al), the topic is still quite lively. 

The Rogue Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters keeps the discussion going with a free public discussion of universal coverage, Thursday (November 9) in Medford. 

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You can be forgiven for not keeping up with the legalization of marijuana in Oregon and California.  The two states adopted legal pot at different times and through different pathways. 

Another shoe drops in California on January 1, 2018, when licensing for recreational cannabis sales is due to open. 

Oregon still has some procedures to work out as well, and then LOCAL jurisdictions are still figuring out what restrictions they want. 

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is in charge of non-medical marijuana; Danica Hibpshman of OLCC visits. 

She is joined by Brooke Staggs, who writes of cannabis in The Cannifornian

Shifting Bird Populations Show Progress Of Oregon Oak Rehab

Nov 6, 2017
Jamie Lusch/Medford Mail Tribune

A patch of oak savanna along the slopes of Lower Table Rock that was rehabbed last year already is showing enough signs of health that the warblers have taken notice.

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Dennis Richardson broke a losing streak for the Republican party when he got elected Secretary of State in the 2016 election. 

And he's kept himself in the news with actions on elections, audits, and other duties of his office. 

Plus, he's raised a few eyebrows with his opinion on gay people, and his trade mission to China. 

Richardson hails from Southern Oregon, but spends less time in the region since his election. 

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Pet stores in California will be stocked differently under a bill just signed into law.  That law makes the state the first in the country to ban pet stores from selling animals raised in "breeding mills." 

Animal rights groups including PETA object to the treatment of animals from the breeders. 

The law will force pet stores to offer rescue animals for sale, though breeding operations can still sell direct to customers. 

The Group Social Compassion in Legislation also supported the change. 

JPR's 37th Annual Wine Tasting

Nov 6, 2017

The 37th Annual JPR Winetasting and Silent Auction, generously sponsored by the Ashland Food Co-op and Gastroenterology Consultants, takes place Thursday ~ February 15 6-9 PM at Ashland Springs Hotel.

Inside Energy

The Department of the Interior is outlining steps aimed at increasing energy production on federal lands. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says boosting production of resources like oil and gas creates jobs and enhances the nation’s energy security.

It’s another pro-industry headline for a secretary touting himself as not only an avid outdoorsman, but a follower of the conservation ideals of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. If the manager of most of our federal lands is going find inspiration from someone, it would be hard to find a more appropriate muse.

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The idea of declaring a shelter crisis in Humboldt County has been considered for several years now. 

There are more homeless people than shelter beds to hold them, and a declaration of crisis could loosen up some building restrictions to allow housing to be created more quickly. 

Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives--AHHA--plans to petition county supervisors at the November 7th meeting. 

Ashland Automotive

You know your car needs some work, but you're not sure the work the garage proposes to do is what it needs. 

It's not the first time someone has had doubts about the quality or veracity of automotive work.  What's your car-repair tale of woe? 

We'll share them with Zach Edwards of Ashland Automotive in our monthly "Squeaky Wheel" segment. 

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Medicine is a science... a body is a body, and approaches to treatment are supposed to be roughly the same from patient to patient.  But bias creeps into medicine, as in many other fields. 

Dayna Bowen Matthew, a lawyer who works in a medical school, tracks the thousands of people of color who get sub-standard medical care in America in her book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care

And she visits Ashland for a speech on the subject tonight (November 6). 

JPR Live Session: OK Go

Nov 2, 2017

With a career that includes award-winning videos, New York Times op-eds, a major label split and the establishment of a DIY trans-media mini-empire (Paracadute), collaborations with pioneering dance companies and tech giants, animators and Muppets, and an experiment that encoded their music on actual strands of DNA, OK Go continue to fearlessly dream and build new worlds in a time when creative boundaries have all but dissolved.

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