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Revisions to the Northwest Forest Plan are in the works. The groundbreaking 1994 management plan limited logging on old-growth forests and put in place environmental protections for wildlife like the northern spotted owl.

Timber interests and environmental groups appear to be gearing up for a multi-year fight over how federal forestlands are managed in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

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The legislatures of Washington and Oregon both have bills in front of them that could limit suction dredge mining. The gold mining technique uses large floating vacuums to suck up rocky streambeds and sift out precious metals. If Oregon lawmakers don’t act this session, miners will be forced to pack up their dredges and go elsewhere.

There are very few spots that are more significant in the lore of mining in Oregon than Josephine Creek. The way miner Tom Kitchar tells it, it was here that a group of white settlers first discovered gold in the state.

Recorded on: March 13, 2015

Air Date: March 16th, 2015

Some ongoing concerns among community members center on cell tower locations, mobile telephones, digital “smart meters,” wi-fi in homes, schools, and even some new autos. Emissions from the devices range along the microwave electromagnetic spectrum bands between radio waves and infrared light. The issue is whether increased exposure to those devices have an impact on people’s health.

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Oregon is being praised for its efforts to remove invasive juniper trees, which are harmful to the greater sage grouse.

A report issued from the Natural Resources Conservation Service says Oregon has been a leader in removing juniper and replanting native grasses and sagebrush. NRCS Agency Chief Jason Weller says sophisticated mapping has helped the State locate the invasive plant.

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The Oregon Association of Hospitals has developed a new initiative to make the cost of medical care known to patients in advance.  All of Oregon's 62 community hospitals have agreed to participate. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert explains what this means to patients with and without insurance.

When it comes to health care price transparency, a national rating system finds Oregon is failing, literally.

Davidson: "Oregon currently receives an F."

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The Oregon Guitar Trio includes David Kelley, Matt Gwinup and David Rogers. They present a performance called Music through the Ages at First United Methodist Church in Eugene on Sunday, March 15th. The repertoire will include pieces from Brazilian, minimalist, baroque, jazz and video game music traditions. The Oregon Guitar Trio stopped by the KLCC studios to share an original tune, a song from a modern Russian woman composer, and the theme from Super Mario Brothers.

A fifth University of Oregon student has tested positive for the meningococcemia bacteria. This is the first confirmed case since a student died of the illness last month.

The student is a sophomore who lives at the Capstone complex in downtown Eugene. He was diagnosed Thursday with the bacteria that can cause a deadly blood infection. Mike Eyster is Executive Director of the U of O Health Center. He says they alerted the campus community immediately:

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The University of Oregon's possible violation of a student's privacy when it accessed her therapy records has garnered national attention. This week Oregon's Congressional Delegation got involved.

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I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "iZombie" by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred.

An education administrator with strong Oregon ties is the top choice to become Eugene's next school superintendent. The Eugene School Board Thursday named Dr. Gustavo Balderas as the person they want to lead the district after Superintendent Shelly Berman leaves at the end of the academic year.

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