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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Sexual Assault Options Program Successes/Challenges

Credit Ashland Police

Carrie Hull and Corey Falls explain the "You Have Options" program.

One of the features of the "You Have Options" sexual assault program pioneered by Ashland Police is its speed.  Or lack, actually. 

"You Have Options" gives sexual assault victims the option of choosing NOT to press charges immediately after the incident. 

And that "go slow" option puts the program in conflict with rules that govern sexual assault reporting on college campuses. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Peter Zuckerman and Darian Stanford make the case for legal marijuana.

Signatures are still being counted, but it appears nearly certain that Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for personal use in the November election. 

New Approach Oregon is behind the campaign for the measure. 

It calls its approach "the new gold standard" for its careful construction: marijuana for users, taxes for government, prohibition for minors. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Ashland Considers Pot Taxes

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Rich Rosenthal lays out the council approach on marijuana.

Oregon law allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries until the spring of 2015. 

So, many of them did… more than 150 jurisdictions banned dispensaries, rather than deal with the legal complications of dealing with a substance illegal under federal law, but allowed by state law. 

Ashland stands apart; the city council is considering a package of regulations on marijuana--even recreational marijuana, if it is legalized. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Revamping Rogue Valley Highways 99 & 140

Oregon 99 on the north end of Ashland.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Gary Leaming and Ian Horlacher describe the corridor plans.

The roads that are fine for today's traffic could become clogged if no plans are made for future traffic. 

Fortunately, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking down the road (so to speak) a bit. 

Two of the main highways in the Rogue Valley, Oregon 140 and Oregon 99, are both due for new "corridor plans." 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"A Very Principled Boy" (And A Traitor)

Credit Basic Books

Mark Bradley introduces us to Duncan Lee.

He was bright, he was patriotic, he was trusted in American intelligence services. 

So why did Duncan Lee turn against the United States? 

That's a question that has been wrestled over for several generations. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hashtagging World Population Day

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Stephanie Feldstein explains the #crowdedplanet campaign.

We welcome you to World Population Day! 

And you, and you, and you…  you get the idea here. 

Earth is home to an estimated 7.2 Billion people, and today (July 11) is the day several organizations want people to consider the impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Doctor Will See You Now...

Medical workers test a serum in a lab, a century ago.
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Carolyn Kingsnorth discusses Victorian medicine.

The next time you wait just a little too long for the doctor, consider the fate of our Victorian ancestors. 

Maybe the waits were shorter, but what was the quality of their care? 

That question, and others, are answered by a "Victorian Medical Practices" tour offered at the Beekman House in Jacksonville. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Education Issues With The OEA President

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

Hanna Vaandering says standardized testing is not a good thing.

School is out for most kids and teachers, but the work of education goes on. 

And so do the debates about how best to make the American public education system better. 

The existing system has been overlaid with more standardized testing in recent years, and the implementation of the national Common Core Standards. 

The Oregon Education Association represents the teachers who carry out the work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14-18, 2014
11:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Pot Taxes, Fire Updates, and Catching Catfishers: Next Week On The Exchange

Maybe you had a chance to get away from the daily routine lately. 

It's expected this time of year. 

But the events of the world continue non-stop... so we keep booking guests for the Jefferson Exchange. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Charging Motorboaters More In Oregon

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Scott Brewen lays out the case for a higher motorboat registration fee in Oregon.

The greater fuel efficiency of cars means fewer gallons of gas are being sold, so less tax money gets set aside for road-building. 

It's an issue on the water, too… recreational boating has increased in Oregon in the past five years, but fuel tax revenue declined.  And so did motorboat registrations. 

So the state marine board approved a motorboat registration fee increase, from $3 a foot to $5 a foot, pending legislative approval.

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