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New Year's Day Specials
1:13 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

JPR's Classics & News Service Rings In '14 With Live Concerts From Vienna And Boston

On Wednesday, January 1st, at 8am, get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! JPR's Classics & News Service will take you to Vienna for The Vienna Philharmonic's annual salute to the waltz.

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Price Increase Possible
5:54 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Christmas Tree Season Is Here

Christmas Tree Farm, Silverton, OR, July 2006.
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The peak of the shipping season for Christmas trees has arrived.

Christmas tree farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley are optimistic about this year's harvest. An oversupply of Christmas trees, which began to take hold in 2005, made it rough going for tree growers for many years.

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Result Of Prison Reform
5:46 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Violence Increasing In California County Jails

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California County jails have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

Assault records requested by The Associated Press show that many of the 10 counties that account for 70 percent of California's total jail population have experienced a surge in the number of inmate fights and attacks on jail employees.

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A Third Way Forward?
1:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Wyden Proposes Timber Compromise

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Ron Wyden claims a new approach to forest conservation

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has unveiled a bill to balance competing demands on more than two million acres of federal forest land in the state. So far, opinions differ on whether he’s found an approach that can resolve this long-standing tug-of-war.

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Live Session Archive
2:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tony Furtado Trio Live Session

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Aired 12-6-2013

Before Tony Furtado became a highly-regarded slide guitarist/banjo player, he studied art and music at Cal State Hayward. It was during that time that he went on a whim to Kansas and entered the Grand National Banjo Championship - and won.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Taking On The State Over Raw Milk

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Farmer Christine Anderson and lawyer Michael Bindas talk about the suit against the state of Oregon over raw milk advertising.

You can sell raw milk in Oregon, but because of health concerns--the milk is not pasteurized--the state controls such sales tightly. 

For example, farms can't advertise the fact that they sell raw milk. 

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O & C Lands Proposal Revealed
6:28 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Wyden Would Double Timber Harvest

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Oregon U. S. Senator Ron Wyden wants to double the timber harvest on 2.1. million acres of O & C timber lands in Western Oregon.  In a proposal to be released Tuesday, environmental reviews would be streamlined.

The Proposed Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013 calls for increasing the harvest to a little over 300 million board feet annually. The yearly harvest in the past decade has averaged about 150 million board feet, according to officials.

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(Really) Small Town Politics
4:23 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Meet The Politicians Who Run One Of Oregon's Smallest Towns

Prescott City Council member Jim Larson stands in front of the City Hall he helped build in 1970.
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  There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician.

  

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2013
10:27 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Curbing Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

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Dr. Ann Thomas explains the workings of the AWARE program.

The medical powers-that-be are so concerned about bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics that Oregon has a program in place to discourage the unnecessary use of the drugs. 

The AWARE program (Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education) can report some success, too. 

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Sports
4:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Daredevils Woo Twin Falls To Recreate Evel Knievel Canyon Jump

Snake River Canyon. Evel Knievel’s 1974 launch ramp is the hump on the rim, top right.
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Want to ride a motorcycle across the Snake River Canyon? Getting permission is the hardest part.

  A passel of daredevils aims to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed.  They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon.  But first, one of the modern stuntmen has to secure the rights to both a launch and a landing spot on opposite sides of the canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. That has the potential for another wreck in the making... a bureaucratic one.  

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