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Strike Focused Attention On Issue
6:33 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Prison Security Housing Units Get Hearing

Democratic lawmakers on key policy committees say they want to limit California's practice of keeping hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement for years, sometimes decades, as a way of controlling violent prison gangs.

They held the first in a planned series of hearings Wednesday in response to an inmate hunger strike this summer that at one point involved more than 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in state prisons.

The inmates were protesting conditions for gang leaders held in isolation at Pelican Bay and three other prisons.

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Want Review Of Emissions
6:28 am
Thu October 10, 2013

EPA Sued By Oregon And Other States

Seven states, including Oregon, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.

The lawsuit fired Wednesday asks a federal court to order the EPA to review and adopt updated emissions limits for the boilers.

Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says 25-year old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. He says owners of old stoves will be allowed to keep the ones they have, and not be required to buy a new one.

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More Than MDs
5:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

California Law Expands Range Of Abortion Providers

California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010
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Ben Adler reports on California bills signed into law.

More medical professionals will be able to perform early-term abortions under a new law that takes effect in January. 

Reporter Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on the 25 bills California Governor Jerry Brown signed Wednesday – and the seven he vetoed.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 9, 2013
11:02 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Serving Up Healthy Food & Healthy Families

Historic Hanley Farm
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A lesson in how the Family Nurturing Center in Medford helps families work better.

There are many ways to help heal families that have shared a trauma. 

The Healthy Food, Healthy Families program of the Medford-based Family Nurturing Center works to heal body and soul at the same time, but teaching struggling families how to grow and cook vegetables. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 9, 2013
11:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Exploring The Workings of Sex Offender Registration

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Probation officers and a registered sex offender discuss Oregon's supervision and registration laws.

A recent series of stories in The Oregonian pointed out that Oregon is falling behind the rest of the states in keep track of its registered sex offenders, in fact is among the worst of states in this category.

We'll explore the existing sex offender registration laws with people who implement them... and with people who think the laws need to be changed.  

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Settling Into New Reality At (Asante) Ashland Community Hospital

Ashland Community Hospital, before the Asante name was added
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Sheila Clough talks about the challenges facing Asante Ashland Community Hospital.

It's been quite a year for what was called Ashland Community Hospital. 

The small hospital needed to find a merger partner, had one, then watched as the merger fell through. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

An Alternative Klamath Water Task Force

Upper Klamath Lake
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The task force appointed to examine Klamath Basin water issues is nearly finished with its work.

But the nature of the work does not please the elected county leaders in Klamath and Siskiyou Counties, who want a future for the Klamath Basin to at least consider keeping the four dams targeted for removal. 

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams explains what led to the parallel move, and what happens now.  

 

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Online Enrollment Disfunctional
6:58 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Cover Oregon Continues To Have Trouble

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Nearly a week after launching, Oregon's health insurance exchange has received more than 230,000 unique website visitors and 7,300 phone calls.

But the website is still not able to finish enrolling applicants in coverage.

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Canisters Could Ignite
6:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Watch Out For Military Markers On The Coast

Look out for military marine markers on the Oregon Coast. That is the warning from Oregon State Police. The markers are silver canisters about 18 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Last week, three of them were found along the Oregon coast.

State Hazardous Device Technicians say it is not unusual to respond to one a month, but three in a week is very unusual.

The devices are dropped by military aircraft to mark the location of something floating in the ocean. The trouble is, they contain white phosphorous, which burns in contact with air.

Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

A New Tool To Fight Crime: "Shasta's Most Wanted"

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Redding Police Chief talks about the genesis and execution of "Shasta's Most Wanted."

The criminal justice system in California is still trying to find its bearings in the post-"realignment" world.

AB109, the "realignment" law, took some pressure off the overcrowded state prisons by shifting some prisoners convicted of lesser crimes to county jails. 

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