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People are full of surprises.  And sometimes they surprise themselves, not in a good way. 

Can you honestly say you're aware of all your biases?  Police officers face a lot of scrutiny for their biases after many shooting incidents. 

Eureka Police take part in a program called Principled Policing, which includes attention to implicit bias and procedural justice. 

Should California Regulate The Cost Of Health-Care Services?

Apr 10, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The latest effort to control high healthcare costs was unveiled at the state Capitol on Monday, and it’s already drumming up opposition from insurance companies and physicians.

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It helps understand our region and its history when people take the time to jot down a few notes. 

Annice Olena Black comes from a family of historians who recorded tales of people and places in the Applegate Valley around Ruch. 

Annice is the focus of this month's edition of Stories of Southern Oregon.  She has many stories of her own to tell about her parents and their writing, including a book. 

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Got 20 cents?  Those two dimes represent the difference between what men and women make on EVERY dollar. 

True: women make, on average, 80 cents for every dollar men make.  The disparity is a hot topic of discussion on this day (April 10), Equal Pay Day

Oregon has some news to contribute to the day: an equal pay law passed by the legislature that goes into effect at the beginning of next year. 

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"Get Your Kicks on Route 66," an old song says.  We're betting the song is familiar to Christopher Briscoe and his son Quincy. 

They took the famed highway of the song for a cross-country ride.  Not a drive, a ride... a 2700-mile bicycle ride that took them nearly two months.  It's the subject of their film "The Road Between Us."

Who did they meet and what did they see and why do it in the first place?  All topics for discussion as the Briscoes visit the studio before their film screens at the Ashland Independent Film Festival later this week (April 12-16). 

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Maybe you saw a play so good that you just HAD to talk to the actors when it was over.  Maybe you even uttered the phrase "you were so good," and then moved on. 

Ashland actor and filmmaker Mig Windows imagines such a meeting in her short film "You Were So Good," screening this week at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (April 12-16). 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Attracts National Donors To Campaign

Apr 9, 2018
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For the past 15 months, Gov. Kate Brown has been on a fundraising tear, preparing for an expected big-money gubernatorial race this fall against Republican Knute Buehler.

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Every border state governor has embraced President Trump’s requested deployment of National Guard troops to the Mexican border — except in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown remained quiet Thursday for a second straight day.

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Technology may yet help us avoid the worst of climate change. 

But there are plenty of people who think it'll take more than science to solve the problems.  Because humans come with multiple skill sets. 

The Center for Environmental Futures at the University of Oregon examines environmental issues from a humanities perspective. 

Professor Stephanie LeMenager is one of the co-directors for the center. 

Check out the people blinking at the daylight in downtown Ashland starting next weekend.  Chances are their eyes are light sensitive from sitting in the dark, watching movies. 

The Ashland Independent Film Festival returns for another extended weekend of film viewing and presentations by filmmakers. 

And this year AIFF expands to a handful of events in Medford. 

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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."  The first sentence of the first amendment to the Constitution lays out the fundamental position on the state's dealings with religion--state in both senses. 

But like the rest of the Constitution, it is written vaguely enough for some interpretation.  So there's a constant back-and-forth about how MUCH room is needed between church and state. 

The name of Rob Boston's group is clear: Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  Boston gives a talk tonight (April 9) in Ashland. 

Federal Health Care Premiums Drop For Oregonians With Subsidies

Apr 6, 2018
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Oregonians who bought insurance at HealthCare.gov this year and qualified for a subsidy have an average net premium of $138 per month. That's a reduction from last year.

Oregon, Washington Sue EPA Head Over Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

Apr 5, 2018
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Oregon and Washington have joined a lawsuit alleging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is violating the Clean Air Act. The lawsuit says the government needs to limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities.

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Spring is in full swing as we roll out the April edition of our First Friday Arts Segment. 

We offer a series of chats on arts events coming to towns around the region, but it's all audience-driven: the phone calls make the segment. 

Call 800-838-3760 to be one of the participants; tell the audience about an event in the performing or visual arts coming soon. 

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A billion dollars.  That's what the most recent superhero movie, Black Panther, made at the box office, and that was as of a month ago. 

Superheroes are popular all over the world, still, 80 years after Superman first put on that red cape. 

Southern Oregon fans of superheroes and comics generally convene later this month (April 28-29) at Medford Comic Con, presented by Jackson County Library Services and Rogue Community College. 

The weekend offers plenty of chances for dress-up cosplay and other events. 

California Gov. Jerry Brown has not shied away from taking on President Donald Trump in the immigration debate.

On the president’s proclamation Wednesday deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, though, the governor’s reaction so far is muted.

California Lawmakers Look To Restrict Police Use Of Force After Sacramento Shooting

Apr 4, 2018
Andrew Nixon/ Capital Public Radio

The police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, resulting in the death of Stephon Clark, has spurred the proposal of a new California law. It would change the almost 150-year-old definition of when an officer can apply deadly force.

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If you've ever tried to manage a roomful of boys, you know how much of a challenge it can be. 

Janet Allison heartily agrees.  She realized from her first day teaching just how differently boys and girls move, live, and learn. 

So now she speaks and coaches about the best ways to educate boys, how best to work with their natural tendencies. 

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The best-laid plans in forest management can go awry.  Even controlled burns can have unintended consequences, as happened not long ago in the Ashland Forest Resiliency project. 

Although a controlled burn stayed within its designated lines, a few big trees that were meant to survive did not. 

So project managers took up a new strategy: plant sugar pines.  They used to be part of the landscape in the Ashland watershed, and fit the needs of the project--the overall intent of which is to keep catastrophic fire out of the watershed. 

We have yet to find a musical genre that Josh Gross does not like. 

His enthusiasm for music in all forms is infectious, and reflected in his music columns and articles in the Rogue Valley Messenger

So we borrow that enthusiasm once a month, for our own Rogue Sounds segment.  Josh Gross returns to talk about the works and local appearances of a handful of bands. 

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