Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2013
10:45 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Eagle Point Schools Ask Parents About Arming Teachers

Eagle Point, with the high school in the upper center.
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Allen Barber describes the work of the Weapons Safety Committee in Eagle Point Schools.

Just about every school district in the country had a conversation about school safety after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last winter. 

Many upgraded their security procedures. 

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Voters May Reject Levy
7:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Federal Subsidies May Help And Hurt

A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to Oregon timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies on the road for now, but local officials say the money is only a fraction of what they need. In one cash-strapped county the infusion has started discussion that it could do more harm in the long run, than good.

The federal payout will bring about $100 million to Oregon. Some of the funds are earmarked for schools and roads. In parts of Western Oregon some is available for law enforcement.

Conversion Kits Banned
4:06 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

California Governor Signs Gun Control Laws

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California Governor Jerry Brown acted on a range of gun bills today (Friday).

He signed a bill to ban high capacity magazine conversion kits and vetoed another which would have given Oakland the right to enact gun regulations stricter than the state’s.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 11, 2013
10:22 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Who Will Pay More To Heat Their Homes This Winter

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Chris McGill of the American Gas Association talks prices and process.

Short answer: Most of us.  Gas and electricity both cost more this year, and winter could be colder.

The real arrival of winter is weeks away, but most of us have already entered the heating season. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 11, 2013
10:21 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Keeping The Heat In The Kitchen Where It Belongs

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Kitchen safety tips from the Oregon Fire Marshal's office.

When outdoor cooking season arrives, we get the standard warnings about barbecue safety.

Now that the weather has most of us cooking indoors again, we'll hear about the things to keep in mind as we heat food under the roof. 

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BPA Discriminated In Hiring
6:56 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Bonneville Power Administration Told To Fix Hiring

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says problems with hiring practices that discriminated against veterans and other applicants at the Bonneville Power Administration must be fixed as soon as possible.

Wyden, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, says he met with the head of the Department of Energy to discuss how to get the BPA back on track.

A report from the U. S. Department of Energy's inspector general was released earlier this week. It blasted the BPA for consistently manipulating the rating process for applicants and subjecting whistleblowers to retaliation.

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Redesigned System In Use
6:40 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Oregon Schools Get Report Cards

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Oregon has released its redesigned report cards for the state's public schools and districts.

The new cards track more information than in the past about student performance, school curricula, and college readiness.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2013
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Oregon Universities And Constant Change

Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.
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Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan talks about governing boards, tuition hikes, and more.

The Oregon University System (OUS) is starting to look very different.  On organizational charts, anyway.

Last summer's legislative session produced a law allowing the big three schools, Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State, to form their own governing boards.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2013
10:36 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Boosting High Tech Industry With The iGrant

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Heather Stafford of Sustainable Valley Technology Group talks about luring high-tech work and jobs to the Rogue Valley.

You've heard of iPods and iPads and the like. 

Now consider the iGrant, the shortened form of "Inspiration Grant." 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2013
10:35 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Tragedy At Tunnel 13 Revisited

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Scott Mangold recounts the attempted train robbery that turned into a quadruple murder in 1923.

It can't really be called "the last great train robbery," because it was a failure as a robbery. 

But the DeAutremont brothers (Ray, Roy and Hugh) made history when they stopped a Southern Pacific passenger train in the Siskiyou Mountains and killed four crews members back in 1923. 

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