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Affordable Care Act
6:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

States Respond To Obamacare Fix

Credit National Cancer Institute

How Oregon and California are dealing with President Obama's healthcare fix

President Obama has tried to fix a problem with the Affordable Care Act that’s become a growing political headache for his administration.  In the process, he threw a new variable into the already-confused health insurance marketplace. JPR’s Liam Moriarty takes a look at how the dust is settling in Oregon and California. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2013
10:47 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Cover Oregon Rolls Out "Application Fairs"

Credit coveroregon.com

Ariane Holm of Cover Oregon explains the workings of the Application Fairs.

The federal healthcare.gov website is the focus of anger and the butt of many jokes these days, since it has yet to deliver on the promise of allowing people to browse and sign up for health insurance.

Things may actually be worse at the state site coveroregon.com.

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Dispensary Owners Cautioned
6:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws

Credit Jorge Barrios/Wikimedia

The committee drafting Oregon's rules for medical marijuana dispensaries warned potential operators to check with their local government before investing too much time and money.

Medford and Tualatin have already banned dispensaries, and members of the committee said it will likely be up to the courts to decide whether those cities have that right.

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Filling In For Law Enforcement
6:21 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Armed Citizen Patrol Forms In Josephine County

Another group has formed to provide armed citizen patrols in the rural outreaches of Josephine County, Oregon, where voters have consistently refused to raise their taxes to pay for sheriff's patrols as federal timber revenues have dried up.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the group patrolling the rural area east of Cave Junction brings to three the number of armed citizen groups filling the law enforcement gap in the county. Only two deputies are on the road in an area bigger than Rhode Island.

Money Talks
6:23 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Special Sessions ... Special Favors?

Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

How some large northwest companies use political pull to get their way

Earlier this month, Washington lawmakers met in special session with one purpose in mind: to extend billions in tax breaks for aerospace giant Boeing so the company wouldn't build its next model of airliner in another state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2013
10:28 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Working To Expand The Plastic Bag Ban

Sarah Higgenbotham talks about lobbying the Ashland City Council for a plastic bag ban.

Take a guess at how many bags are used at stores in Oregon over the course of a year. 

Multiply 3.8 million by your best guess on use per person, and we get… 1.7 billion, by some estimates. 

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Live Session Archive
6:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 11-22-2013

Garland Jeffreys has earned a loyal international audience for his intelligent and passionate songs, informed by a variety of musical styles from rock and R&B to reggae and dance music, and dealing with topics both personal and political, often at the same time. While not especially prolific -- he has released a mere six studio albums since 1981 -- Jeffreys' work reveals a rock & roller's soul and a poetic sensibility that have earned him the respect of musical peers such as Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, David Johansen, and John Cale.

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Live Session Archive
1:11 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Elephant Revival Live Session

Aired 11-15-2013

Elephant Revival is a band that’s gaining national recognition for their innovative and eclectic approach to acoustic music. They’re a young group who’ve developed their own genre-jumping style that’s been called “Transcendental Folk.” 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:45 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Focusing On Motive & Suspect In Medford Bombing

Credit Bob Pennell, Mail Tribune/AP

Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau brings us up to date (11/15) on the blast investigation.

It appears only luck prevented a bomb from causing more damage at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday morning.

An explosive device shattered windows at the vacant DA's office, but the propane tank it was apparently meant to detonate did not explode. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

After The Fire, The Salvage Argument

The Jenny Fire burns near the Rogue River in the summer of 2013.
Credit PNW #2 IMTeam

Dominick DellaSala talks about writing the letter to Congress opposing salvage logging that 250 scientists signed.

It's one of the most predictable patterns in nature: a wildfire starts in a forest, a massive firefighting effort eventually succeeds in stopping the fire…

and then, after a few weeks, the arguments begin over how best to help the landscape recover from the fire.

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