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Canadian Pipeline Explosion Disrupts NW Natural Gas Supplies

A massive explosion of a natural gas pipeline near Prince George, British Columbia has led utilities from Canada to southern Oregon to ask customers to reduce their gas consumption to try to avoid potential loss of service.

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JPR Live Session: Patrick Sweany

Nashville vocalist/guitarist Patrick Sweany doesn’t hold back on his latest studio album, Ancient Noise . Sweany recorded the new tunes with GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Matt Ross-Spang after Ross-Spang invited Sweany to check out his new homebase at legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. The studio that Phillips had custom built in the 70s has been meticulously refurbished by the Phillips family. “ Sam Phillips Recording is the best place on earth to record a rock ‘n’ roll album, ” says Sweany. “ I live for going into the sessions with no pre-production rehearsals with the band, we just cut the album on the floor of Studio A song-by-song. ”

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Stories Of Southern Oregon: Five Generations On The Farm

We probably all have farming in our family backgrounds. Once upon a time, more than 80 percent of the American population was involved in agriculture. Jania Schiefer-Wolff can name her ag ancestors, because they include her parents. Jania herself is a farmer, with Not-So-Mini Pigs and Vogel Dairy. She is our focus in this month's Stories of Southern Oregon , curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella.

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Can Genome Sequencing Help Northwest Orcas Recover?

This summer, an orca known as J-35 made national headlines while carrying the body of her dead calf for 17 days in the waters of the Salish Sea. Her loss gripped the nation and was also a huge blow for the Southern Resident killer whale population . That’s because over the past 30 years the population of these Pacific Northwest orcas has declined 25 percent.

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Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

If temperatures increase in California because of climate change, snow could melt earlier in the Sierra Nevada — and you might only find it at higher elevations.

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JPR Classics Live: Cassatt String Quartet

Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances in London for the Sapphire Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, New York's Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs - in Paris and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio's Performance Today, Boston's WGBH, New York's WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada's CBC Radio and Radio France.

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The Yurok tribe is looking for funding for "wellness villages," which are planned living sites along the river where the tribe can help reintegrate people who have struggled with addiction.

Yurok Chief Judge Abby Abinanti, among others, proposed the wellness villages as a possible remedy. But it will take a few dollars to move the idea from concept to reality. 

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Several counties will vote in November on versions of a “Second Amendment Protection” measure.

The measure expands the definition of firearms and limits enforcement of firearms in laws. If passed, it would mandate that definitions of firearms be interpreted as including firearm accessories and ammunition. 

In general, it would put the county on record as opposing state efforts to curtail gun ownership rights.

Jackson County's version is measure 15-181, the Right to Bear Arms Amendment.  Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon is against the measure.

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The rain finally returned before the end of September, but it will take a lot more of it to reverse the region's drought. 

All of Oregon west of the Cascades is in either moderate or severe drought, and our part of California is not much better. 

So what do we do when it's been this dry for this long, and what are the prospects for catching up on precipitation?  We put those questions to Eric Dittmer, geologist, professor, and former water resource planner for the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, and to Ryan Sandler from the National Weather Service in Medford. 

Eleanor Stills via NPR

First the Hollies. Then Crosby, Stills and Nash. Then Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. Then, a long solo career.

Graham Nash hasn't just seen the history of contemporary popular music, he's made much of it.

Nash plays tonight (October 3rd) at the Cascade Theater in Redding, and he's making a major donation to help victims of the Carr fire.

Criminal justice reformers have long called the U.S. courts system's reliance on money bail unjust: The wealthy, they argue, can simply buy their pretrial freedom, while the poor are stuck behind bars or get pressured into taking a plea deal.

This summer California became the largest state to abolish money bail. The historic move goes into effect next fall. But many of those who've pushed hardest for bail reform say this new system may be worse than the old one.

Grand Ronde Tribal Chairwoman Cheryle Kennedy is standing above Willamette Falls in Oregon City looking down on a torrent of whitewater alongside the Portland General Electric dam.

Somewhere in the water below, tribal workers are making their way in boats to the site where they hope to build a fishing platform – the first to be built at the falls in a generation.

The tribe had planned on accessing the site by land through PGE property but they recently learned that's not an option.

The herbicide is called aminocyclopyrachlor. You might not be able to say it, but it was once a common weed killer used by the Oregon Department of Transportation and other public entities. Then, last week, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to temporarily ban it from rights of way.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating potentially widespread tree damage because of the chemical.

California will be the first state to require publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, requires public companies whose principal executive offices are located in California to comply by the end of 2019. The minimum is two female directors if the company has five directors on its board, or three women if it has seven directors by the close of 2021.

The Supreme Court has refused to take up a billionaire's appeal of a lower court ruling that forced him to maintain public access to surfers and others who visit Martins Beach, a scenic spot near Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco.

The case had been shaping up to be a showdown over California's Coastal Act, with possible ramifications for other states with laws to preserve public access to beaches. Advocates for public access are hailing the court's decision to decline the case as a victory. The Supreme Court declined the case on Monday, the first day of its new session.

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU are holding a Grand Opening Celebration and Open House at the new JPR Broacast Center and SOU Theater Building on Saturday, November 10th. 

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