THE MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTED AT THEIR WORKSITES YESTERDAY ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL ACCEPT THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED WITH THE DISTRICT. BALLOTS ARE DUE BACK BY FIVE TONIGHT. THAT'S WHEN VOTES WILL BE COUNTED IF TEACHERS VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TENTATIVE CONTRACT, THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL NEED TO APPROVE IT AS WELL TO FINALIZE IT. MEDFORD TEACHERS WENT ON STRIKE IN FEBRUARY FOR TWO WEEKS BEFORE A TENTATIVE CONTRACT WAS REACHED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
INVESTIGATORS WERE ON THE SCENE OF AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN NORTH MEDFORD UNTIL LATE LAST NIGHT...
MEDFORD POLICE SAY IT ALL STARTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...WHEN THEY SPOTTED A WHITE TRUCK ASSOCIATED WITH TWO *WANTED SUSPECTS FROM IDAHO. POLICE SAY THEY TRIED TO STOP THE TRUCK... BUT THE SUSPECTS ATTEMPTED TO GET AWAY-- TAKING OFF DOWN HILTON RD IN NORTH MEDFORD. POLICE ALSO SAY THE TRUCK INTENTIONALLY RAMMED A COP CAR IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE... FOUR OFFICERS, OPENED FIRE ON THE SUSPECTS... (WITH POLICE BULLETS HITTING THE TWO SUSPECTS.) ONE OFFICER WAS *ALSO HURT AS A RESULT OF THE SUSPECT'S TRUCK SLAMMING INTO HIS POLICE CAR.
Medford Police have arrested an Ashland man in connection with a string of Medford arson fires. 38-year old Manoah Martin Hall is curently lodged in Jackson County Jail on 1.6 million dollars Bail. Police believe Hall is responsible to setting fire to 5 vacant homes in Medford over a 2-year period, but may be involved in other arson fires still under investigation. MPD adds that Hall was observed at the scene of several of the fires, and had posted on the internet videotapes of the fire scenes, and other fire department activity. Hall has a criminal history, including various drug, weapon, and theft convictions.
After months of heated debate, the City Council approved a four-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries Monday, the first day they became legal in Oregon. Phoenix joins a growing number of cities locally and statewide passing ordinances attempting to restrict or ban dispensaries within city limits. Central Point has restricted where dispensaries can be located, Medford has banned them outright citing federal law, and Jacksonville is set to consider a ban in April.
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS AGREE TO A NEW CONTRACT WITH THE UNIVERSITY.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME FROM THE FACULTY UNION TUESDAY MORNING. IN A PRESS RELEASE THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSORS SAY...THEY WILL FOREGO RAISES BOTH THIS YEAR AND NEXT, TO BALANCE OUT THE SCHOOLS PROPOSED CUTS. THE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED BACK IN NOVEMBER... IT WILL CUT BETWEEN 3 AND 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AS PART OF A RETRENCHMENT PLAN. THE EXACT NUMBER DEPENDING ON STATE FUNDING AND ENROLLMENT... WE'RE TOLD ABOUT 20-PERCENT OF VOTING PROFESSORS REJECTED THE PROPOSAL.
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GREAT ECONOMIC NEWS
The Rough and Ready small-diameter sawmill will reopen in Cave Junction, restoring some 67 jobs. (It's been closed for almost a year) This development is also good for Cascade Wood Products in White City, which has processed much of R&R's output in the past. Not sure of the time frame of the re-opening, but we'll talk more about this on Monday's show with Tom Parten from "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities". Rough and Ready received a 1 million dollar loan from the state in order to accomplish this re-opening. The big question will be is there a sustainable timber supply for the mill? Still, we'll take the good news where we find it!
IT'S CONTINUING TO GET "HOTTER" FOR TYRANT POLITICIANS
The Connecticut governor came underquite a lot of heat as they continue to push forward to gun confiscation. It's leading to exchanges like this one at a recent town hall.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 3-07-2014
7:35 State Senator Alan Bates, as we're wrapping up the session today.
8:10 Jo Rae Perkins, Candidate for U.S. Senate
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