Category Archives: Jefferson Public Radio

Early Numbers Suggest Oregon Bottle Redemption Rate Up Significantly

Initial numbers show that bottle and can returns are up statewide after the deposit increased from a nickel to a dime on April 1. Source: Early Numbers Suggest Oregon Bottle Redemption Rate Up Significantly | Jefferson Public Radio

Gov. Kate Brown Discusses Legislative Priorities During Visit to Southern Oregon

Governor Kate Brown wrapped up a two-day visit to southern Oregon with a presentation at a Rotary Club luncheon in Medford on Wednesday. She discussed what she’d like to see come out of the current legislative session. Source: Gov. Kate Brown Discusses Legislative Priorities During Visit to Southern Oregon | Jefferson Public Radio

Wed 8 AM | Oregon Landowners Get Tips On Recognizing Slide-Prone Land Radio

Heavy rain and snow caused landslides in a number of places in the West. Source: Wed 8 AM | Oregon Landowners Get Tips On Recognizing Slide-Prone Land | Jefferson Public Radio

Report Tracks Oregon Death With Dignity Law 

For 20 years now, Oregon law has allowed people with terminal illnesses to get prescriptions for drugs to end their own lives. Other states have followed, but there’s been little research into the use and effectiveness of assisted suicide/physician-aided dying. That changes with a recently published report that went through the records of people ending their […]
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Oregon Lawmakers Table Bill That Would Create Crime Of ‘Militia Terrorism’

Oregon lawmakers won’t vote on a measure that would create a new crime called “militia terrorism.” That announcement came from a key lawmaker Wednesday during a hearing on the bill, which drew plenty of opposition. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Table Bill That Would Create Crime Of ‘Militia Terrorism’ | Jefferson Public Radio

Is $8.1 Billion The Right Figure For Oregon School Funding? Good Question

When Portland Public Schools released its draft budget this week, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean assumed the state would spend $8.1 billion on public schools over the next two years. But lawmakers haven’t approved a budget — and they won’t for awhile. The only two recommended budgets floating around Salem recommend significantly less than the $8.1 billion […]
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Washington, Oregon Closing In On Driver’s License Fixes To Meet Federal Deadline

After years of resistance, Washington and Oregon lawmakers are finally acknowledging they have to accept stricter federal driver’s license security standards. Both states appear to be settling on having two kinds of licenses. Source: Washington, Oregon Closing In On Driver’s License Fixes To Meet Federal Deadline | Jefferson Public Radio

Globe-trotting pollutants pose a larger threat to public health than previously thought

New research suggests that when it comes to air pollution, what goes around comes around. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — toxic air pollutants produced by fuel combustion — are typically treated as a local issue in places with smog and bad air quality. A recent study suggests, however, that these pollutants may actually travel long distances […]
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How Oregon PERS Got Into Such A Deep Hole

One of the major issues with balancing the state budget in Oregon is the amount of money needed to make sure retired public workers get the pensions they were promised. PERS, the Public Employee Retiree System, needs more money to match what retirees expect with what has been saved for them. Source: Tue 8:30 | […]
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Oregon Turns Up The Heat On Sudden Oak Death

  Sudden Oak Death is becoming a big enough concern that even Congress is paying attention. Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkleyrecently joined with a state legislator, Rep. David Brock Smith, to create a task force on the tree disease. Source: Mon 8:30 | Oregon Turns Up The Heat On Sudden Oak Death | Jefferson Public […]
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