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

Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits

Credit Kelly Piet Photography

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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Funds Pouring In For Possible Race
6:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Oregon Governor Considering Run

Credit governor.oregon.gov

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hasn't said whether or not he'll launch a re-election bid, but he's been busy collecting funds for one.

Kitzhaber's campaign has reported contributions of nearly $232,000 so far this year. More than half of it has come in during the last two months. He has matched the amount he raised in all of 2012.

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Western States Leaders Announce Pledge
5:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Governors Unite To Promote Clean Energy

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The governors of Oregon, Washington, and California are joining a Canadian province Monday to announce a partnership to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy.

The regional leaders will announce the partnership today at a San Francisco event.

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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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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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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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12:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

JPR And OPB Join Forces On Media Project

Lead in text: 
Oregon Public Broadcasting, based in Portland, commissioned a survey on Oregonian attitudes toward the media. OPB presented the findings in Medford on Wednesday, October 2nd on its talk show "Think Out Loud." JPR's Geoffrey Riley joined the panel discussion, and JPR aired the program live on the News and Information Service, Wednesday at Noon. Follow the link to listen to the recording.
Editor's Note: You're invited to join us for this show. We will broadcast from the Higher Education Center in Medford at 12pm. Pre-show reception starts at 11am. Admission is FREE but seating is first come, first served. This show will air live on both OPB Radio and Jefferson Public Radio.
Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Special Session Ahead: Tinkering (or not) With Oregon PERS

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Sue Levin of Stand for Children Oregon and State Rep. Peter Buckley explain history and repairs to PERS.

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 

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News | September 25, 2013
6:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Modoc County Votes To Secede

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  Modoc County California officials have joined Siskiyou County in voting to secede from the state. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports supervisors voted unanimously yesterday (Tuesday) in favor of secession. The vote comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County supervisors began the movement.

The goal is to form the new State of Jefferson and include part of Southern Oregon. Some of the residents in the counties along the California-Oregon boarder feel that those in the urban centers of state government ignor their needs.

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