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California has seen some of the worst wildfires in its history this year. The explosive nature of the fires is due in part to serious long-term droughts in the state.

A new report from The Public Policy Institute of California analyzes the state's ongoing problems with drought and proposes strategies for managing  California's water supply in the future.

Rogue Community College

Rogue Community College opened the doors to its new High Tech Center in White City earlier this month. Students filed into their classrooms for the first time this week.

The $4.2-million project offers an array of high tech training opportunities, including those in manufacturing, welding, engineering and more.

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Elementary schools have been back in school for a couple weeks now. That might be a relief for parents, but not so much for local teachers.

Medford school districts say there's been a  rise of violent and disruptive students in their elementary schools.

We hear from Medford Education Association president Troy Pomeroy about the problem. He's joined by Dr. Todd Bloomquist, who is leading the trauma-informed efforts with the Grants Pass School District.

Medicare Enrollment FAQ, Tips

Sep 25, 2018
National Institute of Health

 

Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year. Those changes could include costs, coverage, and network providers.

Now is the time to make sure your Medicare health plan still works for you. If not, you can change it during the Medicare open enrollment from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 this year (not to be confused with the healthcare exchange period, when Oregonians choose their health insurance policies between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15.)

 We hear from AllCare Health vice president Freddy Sennhauser.

Cal Fire

While the massive Carr Fire may have faded from national news, its affects remain in and around Redding, California.

Small business owners hit by the fires can find some respite from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is offering loans with a looming deadline. They have until next week to apply. Hear more in this return visit from Chelsea Irvine from the administration.

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We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures of ancient Redwood trees on social media. It’s almost a necessity when you visit to take a picture and share it with the world. But are those posts harming the trees?

After seeing photos on social media, some adventure to find the exact locale, where that specific tree is, even if it’s off the designated trail. Known as “social trails,” they are unmarked trails that humans create through repeated use, and they prove to be harmful to the surprisingly shallow Redwood roots.

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Oregon's Measure 105 seeks to revoke Oregon's status as a "sanctuary state," which limits local law agencies' cooperation with federal immigration officers. The Oregon AFL-CIO took up a position against the measure. A union rep visits to explain why the union wants the sanctuary status to stay in place.

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Hip-hop has eclipsed rock as America's most important musical culture. In this month's The Kennest Observers, guest Vikki Tobak joins host Robert Goodwin in discussing a striking collection of candid photographs of the legends and innovators of hip-hop.

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Johnny Rotten had it easy in England. Try being an East German punk with the Stasi looking over your shoulder.

Tim Mohr, Berlin-based DJ, translator and music scholar, has written a history of the underground punk scene in East Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, called Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Homework help, computer lab, play place and more.  Those are among the functions of the new Spark Space opening at the Jackson County Library branch in Central Point. 

It's a STEM kind of place (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), but also gives teens and tweens a place to be creative with computers, blogging and coding and more. 

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Up for a vote in November is Oregon's Measure 105, which proposes repealing an Oregon law that forbids local law enforcement from apprehending people who might be violating federal immigration law.

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Simple concept, difficult execution: bringing peace to all the world.  The World Peace Flame was first lit in 1999, and now burns on all the continents of the Earth. 

Only one burns in the United States, at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.  A second one begins to burn in Ashland tonight (September 21), at the Thalden Pavilion on the Southern Oregon University campus. 

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Oregon recently approved a rule requiring licensed marijuana producers to notify the state when they harvest cannabis.

Growers have railed against the new rule as another bureaucratic step in an already complicated licensing process. But others see it as a means of keeping weed out of the black market.

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We live in the age of division, social media echo chambers and fake news. Which begs the question, is there any way we can ever reach a common ground, agree on a basic set of facts, and have a reasonable discussion? Mathematician Eugenia Cheng says, emphatically, yes.

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Wildfires plague our region every summer, threatening thousands of lives and livelihoods.

So when director Alex Jablonski set out to make a documentary about the lives of firefighters out in the field, he looked to Grants Pass, Oregon.

RV Symphony

It's a part of autumn just as much as falling leaves: the beginning of the Rogue Valley Symphony's concert season. 

Big pieces and big players are on the menu for the season, beginning next Friday (September 28) in Ashland. 

Music Director Martin Majkut splits his time between the Rogue Valley, another orchestra in New York City, and home in Slovakia. 

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In our current divided political climate the word "fascist" is an all-purpose insult used by the left to describe members of the alt-right. Much like "socialist" or "liberal" is hurled in the opposite direction.

But what exactly constitutes fascism? In his new book, How Fascism Works, Jason Stanley has a simple formula: fascist politics uses divisiveness to attain power.

He also describes the ten pillars of fascist politics. And he points out that a country need not be fascist to experience fascism. 

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That old brick warehouse at the corner of California and Shasta Streets in Redding may look nondescript.  But it's got a bright future, at least if the McConnell Foundation and Shasta Living Streets have anything to say about it. 

And they do... the foundation just gave a grant to Shasta Living Streets to develop uses for the warehouse, now dubbed California Street Labs

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Discussions of the opioid drug crisis often get well beyond the original reason for using the drugs: pain.  People take Oxycontin and the other opioids, or did at first, because they were suffering with pain. 

But the drugs turned out to be much more addictive than first thought.  The Oregon Health Authority put out guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain two years ago. 

Now a task force is wrapping up work on guidelines for using opioids for acute pain.  

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The Cascade Theater in Redding was inaugurated in 1935. By the mid-1990s, it was on the verge of collapse.

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