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Medford, Ore. — Succulents are a great option for those without a green thumb.  They do well in different environments and don’t need too much attention.

If you would like more information, watch our ‘In the Garden’ segment or contact the OSU Master Gardener near you.

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Suspect Injures and Threatens PoliceKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Police are investigating a murder in Klamath Falls. The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office says police officers responded to a report of a murder at approximately 6:12 a.m. on Thursday on the 1800 block of Laverne Avenue.

Officers reportedly found a deceased male on the scene who had been shot multiple times. Officers took James Harold Forshee II into custody at the scene and have charged him with murder.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is currently investigating. The Klamath County District Attorney intends to present this case to the Klamath County Grand Jury next Thursday, April 24th.

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Earth Day is less than a week away, which is prompting people to try out a new trendy way to recycle. It’s called “up-cycling.” The process takes old, used objects that have lost their function and turns them into something else, with a new purpose.

Whether you have clothing, shoes, electronics, or even toys Southern Oregon Goodwill stores can recycle or “up-cycle” unwanted items. Suzy Lewis, the Southern Oregon Goodwill Vice President of Retail and Operations, explained that all items the stores receive can be reused. ”There’s a lot done with metal objects, or an old tire wheel, a bicycle tire that you’re turning into a pot rack for your kitchen. There’s so many things you can do,” Lewis said.

This weekend some of the “up-cycling” creations will be on display during Goodwill’s Earth Day fashion show.

When: Saturday, April 19th, 2014 Fashion Show starts at 1 p.m.

Where: ScienceWorks in Ashland, 1500 E Main St.

Free Admission




HuddlestonMEDFORD, Ore. — A Rogue Valley man convicted of murdering his wife was sentenced today to life in prison.

Bourne Huddleston was convicted of trying to hire two people to murder his wife, Kristy, in 2012, and then doing the deed himself.

The murder conviction carries a minimum of 25 years in prison. The convictions for trying to hire someone else to do it has a minimum of 10 years.

Members of Kristy’s  family spoke during the sentencing today. Kristy’s mother said, “She can’t forgive him.” Judge Lorenzo Mejia also said he spoke with Huddleston and said he has never seen anyone like him before, “Your only concern is yourself,” said Judge Mejia.

The Prosecuting attorney spoke up about Huddleston’s character as well, and said that Huddleston was the “worst human being” he has ever seen.

NewsWatch 12 will have the full story tonight at 5 & 6 PM.

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“How do the weather computers know what the weather is going to be like a few days before it happens?”

Jon Thomas, Central Point

Our viewers always hear us mention the computer models or the weather models. What we don’t get to mention is how these computer models generate their own forecast. That’s what this week’s question is about!

A series of very complex equations are used to perform these model “runs” we look at numerous times a day. Because these equations are so complex, meteorologists are required to take a lot of calculus in order to get their degree. These long extensive equations are calculus 4 — differential equations!

Anyway, current conditions are gathered across the globe and plugged into these equations. These conditions include temperature, moisture content, wind direction, wind speed, etc. All of these parameters are measured throughout different levels of our atmosphere. When they are plugged into the equations, the models spit out a graphical forecast.

This forecast (from all of the different computer models) is what helps us meteorologists put together our own forecast for our viewers!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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A front will push into the Northwest today, bringing spring showers to much of the region by mid to late afternoon. Temperatures will still stay mild, despite the cloud cover moving in throughout the morning. Snow levels will start off high around 9,000′ before dropping to 6,500′ into this evening.

Showers will taper off tonight and this will make way for improving conditions come Friday. Mostly sunny skies and high temperatures well above average are here with us to kick the holiday weekend off.

Showers are looking more likely at the Coast Saturday afternoon & evening. A stray shower could make it inland by late afternoon, but any showers that fall will drop little if any measurable rain. Sunday though looks to be great. All outdoor plans are a go as the weather will not be impacting any hunts, picnics or gatherings. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny and high temperatures in the to 60′s & 70′s.

For more weather you can follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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ASHLAND, Ore. – ”When the race ended I looked over and the crowd was going crazy,” said Eric Avila. “I kind of pointed at them to say thank you. They completely lifted me and then a couple of seconds later people started telling me, ‘Do you know what you ran?’”

What Avila ran was the fastest 5,000 meter time in the country for any collegiate athlete. It was one of many highlights for Avila’s storied SOU career, which already includes three national championships between cross country and track. SOU wasn’t Avila’s first choice of schools. He started out running for DI Northern Arizona, but only lasted there a year and a half. He took more than two years off from competitive running before reaching out to SOU.

“This was kind of his last resort because he didn’t have any NCAA eligibility left,” said head coach Grier Gatlin. “Had he gone to an NCAA school he would have had one year, because once you start in the NCAA your clock doesn’t stop. In the NAIA, your clock stops, so here he could come and have three years.”

Those three years were exactly what Avila needed to resurrect his career.

“You know his first year here, as we got in to track, you could see flashes that he was going to be good, but he was rusty,” said Gatlin. “It’s just like any other sport. You’re just rusty.”

“They offered me three years of eligibility,” said Avila. “At an NCAA school I would have just had one year and that would have been my first year here and I feel like I was still trying to figure out how to go through the motions of training and balancing school and that would have been upsetting if it was to just end like that.”

The progress may have been slow, but the pay-off  has been great. Avila currently has the fastest NAIA time in both the 800 and 5,000 meter runs in his senior year.

“This year I don’t know what it is,” said Avila. “I have a lot more confidence than in the past, I’m healthy, everything’s going good. School’s going good. It just seems like I’m just riding this wave and I don’t want the wave to end.”

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Clouds are starting to thicken into the area ahead of a strong cold front moving towards the coast. These showers will not last very long but they will bring a small amount of much needed moisture to the area. Showers will start hitting the coast around the late afternoon hours and then the rain will move into the rest of the areas throughout the afternoon. Because of the quick-moving nature of this storm, rainfall totals are not expected to be impressive. at best we will see up to an inch in some locations.

Showers will slacken overnight on Thursday and Friday will bring only partly cloudy skies. High pressure will cause temperatures to warm under mostly cloudy skies into the weekend. There is a slight chance for isolated showers overnight on Saturday at the coast. Other than that Easter weekend is looking dry and warm for all areas.

Next week is proving to be a continuance of this active weather pattern. As of now, models are showing isolated shower activity through the middle of the week. A series of cold fronts will usher in these storms and likely bring some increased winds as well.

Thanks for logging on and have a great day!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A one year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries will be put in to place in Josephine County on May 1st. The decision was made Wednesday morning with a 2-0 vote because Commissioner Cheryl Walker was absent. Commissioner Keith Heck said the moratorium buys them time to figure out exactly what to do about the issue. Heck said he would like to hear more from the public before the county makes a decision.

“What do they really want to see?” said Heck. “Do they want dispensaries? Do they not want dispensaries? Just to put it out to a vote and that will be talked about and probably be put on the November ballot in some way.”

Heck said an ordinance could be put in place any time in the next year to rescind the moratorium.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since last summer, up to 30 jail beds for those arrested just in the city limits of Grants Pass have been reserved at the Josephine County Jail. Now, as officials prepare for next year’s budget, they said that funding won’t return.

Last August, the days of cite and release ended in Grants Pass, to the surprise of some criminals.

“When they went to put somebody in handcuffs and put them in the police car, the common statement was ‘when did you guys start doing this?’” said Interim Police Chief Bill Landis.

Interim Chief Landis said ever since the city began renting jail beds, the number of property crimes and burglaries have significantly decreased.

“When you can take some of those folks off who are stealing a lot of your cars or breaking in to a lot of your cars and put them in a jail bed, you reduce a lot of your crime,” said Interim Chief Landis.

The city made the move to rent up to 30 beds in an effort to do something about crime in the city.  The contract came at a cost of around 1 million dollars. About half a million was funded through the contingency fund, the rest was fund by cuts to city projects.

“Reduced approximately 12 different projects that we had in the budget, and we either tabled those or reduced those in order to get the additional funding for the jail beds,” said Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic.

Cubic said because of funding, the contract was always intended to be just for one year.

“It’s meant to serve as a stop gap measure to provide additional time for the community to develop a new measure for the May election,” said Cubic.

Interim Chief Landis said since August, the jail has typically had near capacity of the 30 beds every month. He said patrols are only as good as the consequences behind them.

“You can put a police officer on every corner, but if  you don’t have the ability to take somebody to jail,  and have them serve consequences for committing  crimes, you’re not going to make an impact or put a dent in that,” said Interim Chief Landis

The city’s agreement with the Josephine County Jail will come to an end on June 30th.

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