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Localities Can't Turn Down Marijuana Dispensaries

Nov 7, 2013
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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.

Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan announced plans to make cuts in programs and staff to cover a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

Encouraging Bicycle Tourism In Oregon

Nov 6, 2013
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So maybe you run errands or even get to work on your bicycle. 

But the idea of taking longer trips--actually taking vacations on a bicycle--is on the rise. 

The Oregonian reported this afternoon (November 5) on a potential rematch in Oregon's 4th Congressional District.

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California is going for the big enchilada in passenger trains, true high speed rail. 

Oregon's ambitions, like its population figures, are a bit more modest. 

OSF Play To Great White Way

Nov 5, 2013
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets "Breaking Bad." 

The star of the recently completed TV show will play Lyndon Baines Johnson in "All The Way" on Broadway later this fall. 

Conifers Of The Pacific Slope

Nov 5, 2013
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When you're really interested in trees with seed cones, it sure helps to live in our region. 

And Michael Kauffman does. 

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Last week, the leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia gathered in San Francisco. 

They pledged to take bold, coordinated action to combat climate change. But as Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains , the unveiling of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has an undercurrent of déjà vu.

Veterans Come Home In Redding

Nov 4, 2013
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The political figures came out recently for the ribbon cutting; now it's time for the veterans to move into the new veterans home in Redding. 

It took most of a decade to locate and build the facility, eventual home to 150 military veterans. 

Ensuring Fair Practices In Housing

Nov 4, 2013
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Years after laws against discrimination passed at every level of government, there are still episodes of people being denied housing because of skin color. 

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon investigates such cases and provides training to prevent discrimination from taking places. 

Maybe the birth rate is way off from what it was in the baby boom years, but there's still a lot of attention and industry focused on keeping mothers and babies healthy.

And an event coming to Ashland this weekend focused on the same subject. 

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At last, it's here… a day to act all creepy and ghouly, and nobody has a particular problem with it. 

Halloween is such a big deal in Ashland, the police shut down the main street so the kids can parade in their costumes.  

Getting California's High-Speed Rail On Track

Oct 31, 2013
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High-speed trains zoom across countries in Europe and Asia, but the United States is moving slowly toward fast trains (150 mph and faster). 

California's planned high-speed rail system recently broke ground, amid lingering questions about costs and timelines.  We talk with the High-Speed Rail Authority about plans and progress.

Oregon Governor Considering Run

Oct 31, 2013
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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.

Broadband Access Comes to Karuk & Yurok Country

Oct 30, 2013
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You might have heard a lot of talk about the importance of bringing broadband Internet service to rural areas. 

The California Public Utility Commission is turning the talk in to action. 

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"Lock 'em up and throw away the key" was once the attitude toward minors convicted of crimes in the United States. 

We still hear of cases of children being tried and convicted in adult court and sentenced to adult prison, but states continue to pass laws taking a different approach toward youthful offenders.

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The dollars and the methods for distributing them are changing for California school districts. 

A voter-passed tax increase in 2012 made more money available for schools, and Governor Jerry Brown pushed for changes in the funding formula. 

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Long before wild animals begin heading for the endangered species list, steps will be taken to help ensure their survival. 

That is the hope, anyway… expressed in California through the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).

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Oregon U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-2nd District) is part of the Republican leadership in the House.

His job is getting fellow Republicans elected to house seats, and now he faces an intra-party challenge to his own. 

Governors Unite To Promote Clean Energy

Oct 28, 2013
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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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