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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:38 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Understanding The Latest Western Climate Pact

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Dan Jacobson of Environment California talks about efforts to stop global warming.

The inability of Congress to agree on much of anything slows down legislation in many fronts. 

Climate change is one of these, and political leaders in the West are not waiting around. 

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Coordinated Care Working
7:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits

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New state data show that Oregon Health Plan members are making fewer visits to the emergency room and more visits to primary care providers.

Per-person spending growth fell by 1 percentage point.

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Legislative Committee Rules
6:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Localities Can't Turn Down Marijuana Dispensaries

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The Oregon Legislature's legal advisors say local governments cannot 'just say no' to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Oregonian reports that the opinion was sought after the city of Medford adopted a local ordinance saying business licenses will not be given to anyone who violates local, state, and federal laws.

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5:24 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Southern Oregon University Announces "Retrenchment" Cutbacks

Lead in text: 
Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan announced plans to make cuts in programs and staff to cover a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.
Campus Community: This afternoon, November 5, 2013, I informed our campus of our need to pursue a course of program reduction and/or elimination to meet our budget challenges. This announcement initiates a process resulting in a final plan by March.
Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Encouraging Bicycle Tourism In Oregon

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Harry Dalgaard talks up Travel Oregon's "Bike Friendly Business" program.

So maybe you run errands or even get to work on your bicycle. 

But the idea of taking longer trips--actually taking vacations on a bicycle--is on the rise. 

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5:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Art Robinson To Run Against Peter DeFazio Again

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The Oregonian reported this afternoon (November 5) on a potential rematch in Oregon's 4th Congressional District.
Oregon Republican Chairman Art Robinson on Tuesday filed to run against Democratic.n Rep. Peter DeFazio for the third consecutive election. Robinson, a scientist and homeschooling advocate who is one of the most unusual figures in Oregon politics, said he doesn't yet know if he will stay as the party chairman through the next election cycle.
Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:10 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Shaping Oregon's Willamette Valley Passenger Rail Corridor

Talgo train designed for Oregon.
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ODOT Passenger Rail Project Manager Jim Cox outlines the state of rail now, and some possible futures.

California is going for the big enchilada in passenger trains, true high speed rail. 

Oregon's ambitions, like its population figures, are a bit more modest. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:05 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OSF Play To Great White Way

Jack Willis as LBJ in the original OSF staging.
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Bill Rauch talks about the birth of "All The Way," and the process of taking it to Broadway.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets "Breaking Bad." 

The star of the recently completed TV show will play Lyndon Baines Johnson in "All The Way" on Broadway later this fall. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Conifers Of The Pacific Slope

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Michael Kauffman helps us tell our conifers apart, and why our region is home to so many.

When you're really interested in trees with seed cones, it sure helps to live in our region. 

And Michael Kauffman does. 

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Global Warming
11:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Climate Plan That Time Forgot

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Liam Moriarty reports on regional climate pacts.

Last week, the leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia gathered in San Francisco. 

They pledged to take bold, coordinated action to combat climate change. But as Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains , the unveiling of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has an undercurrent of déjà vu.

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