cnn web(CNN) — People are learning more about the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the U.S. According to his half-brother, Wilfred Smallwood, the patient is a 42-year old Liberian National named Thomas Duncan.

This is Duncan’s first trip to the U.S. He’s here visiting family and friends. Duncan is isolated in serious condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

A friend said Duncan is able to talk and pray. They said he is in pain but is “All right.”

mt. ashlandASHLAND, Ore. — The parking lot expansion at Mt. Ashland is in its final stages today.

It’s a $400,000 dollar project that will create 100 new parking spaces.

Crews will be working for almost all day today to finish the project by tonight. They are pouring concrete and paving the area .

The expansion has been a controversial topic for some environmentalists in the area who opposed the expansion.

Tonight on NewsWatch 12, see the work being done and hear from those people who oppose the project.

HarryDavid-LogoMEDFORD, Ore. — The deal between 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and Harry & David closed Tuesday.

Jim McCann, CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. said, “The addition of the iconic Harry & David name to our growing family of great gifting brands, helps extend our position as a leading, omni-channel provider of gifts that resonate with our customers, making us a destination for all of their celebratory occasions.”

McCann also said this combination will increase total annual revenues to more than $1.1 billion.

The acquisition includes Harry & David’s brands and websites as well as its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution facilities, and orchards in Medford. It also includes a warehouse and distribution facility in Hebron, Ohio and 48 Harry & David retail stores located throughout the country.

Harry & David said today that McCann will be visiting the Harry & David headquarters next week.

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Medford, Ore. — It’s the time of year you should start dividing your spring and summer blooming perennials.

OSU Extension Master Gardeners said you should divide plants 4-6 weeks before a hard frost to give the plant time to establish the roots.  You should do this every 3-5 years for most perennials.

The Jackson County Master Gardeners are holding a meeting called “Dividing Perennials.”  You can learn more about exactly what to do this Thursday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Southern Oregon Research Extension.  That’s on 569 Hanley Rd. Just call 541-776-7371.

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With the changing of the seasons, we are seeing a change in the weather patterns that is having a big effect on our diurnal temperature change. The diurnal temperature change is the fluctuation between the low and the high temperature for each day. There are many factors that influence the change. The low pressure trough that swung through on Monday evening allowed for much cooler air to arrive in our region. Right after the front passed, clearing started happening and last night we sat under cloudless skies. The combination of these two events is allowing for a big change between the lows and highs of the day. When this happens, it’s coats and jackets in the mornings and shorts and short sleeves in the afternoons. You will need the heaters in the cars on the way to work, and air conditioners on the way back home.

Our low for Medford today was 44, we are expecting to reach 76. That’s a 32 degree temperature flux throughout today. The Basin had 32 for a low in Klamath Falls, and will hit 66, which is a 34 degree change. The change will be even greater, at the end of the week, when we will stay about as cool in most locations and then get even warmer in the afternoons. Now, while 32-40 degrees in one day sounds like a lot. It could be much more pronounced. Had the trough that came through been stronger, we could see temperature changes that stretch 50-60 degrees in some locations!

We stay dry for a good while. The high pressure ridge should break down early next week, and hopefully we can get another round of moisture. Hopefully.

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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Well, it appears this baby is staying put! I guess I can’t blame him – he’s heard his big brother’s toddler temper tantrums – he’s probably a little scared!

As my due date approaches (two days away!) I’m thinking more and more about how to naturally induce labor.

Some of my co-workers have suggested the Rogue Air Park (the trampoline park). Another said various co-workers will hide around corners and jump out to apparently scare the baby out of me! Of course they’re joking!

But jokes aside – how can I get this baby to arrive? After all, my day in the baby pool is just a day away! When I asked my doctor what I could do naturally he said “absolutely nothing.”

Although there’s nothing I can really do on my own to speed this little guy along – I’ll be trying my best. What to Expect When You’re Expecting says walking may be a good thing to get things going. According to the website, walking may help the baby drop.

Also on the list – castor oil. According to the website, the laxative can stimulate your bowels and irritate your uterus, causing contractions. It does point out the downside is you may just end up with diarrhea (uh, no thanks).

Another way to irritate the intestines and get contractions to start – spicy food. The website says there’s no evidence this will work. But hey, tacos don’t sound too bad… just in case.

Other options it lists (that aren’t backed by evidence, according to the website) – intercourse, evening primrose oil, acupuncture, acupressure and a massage.

I may just have to put the calendar away and let the little guy come on his own time.  Or you may find me chowing down on some spicy Mexican and Indian food.

Did any of these wives tales work for you?

9-30 rob webASHLAND, Ore. — Nearly a year after caution tape lined around the home of Frank Damiano, the mobile home park is quiet, but the memories of their neighbor remain.

“Positive and happy and accepting and open. Just one of those people with that magnetic personality,” said neighbor Kris McAdam.

It’s that outgoing and warm spirit neighbors said has been missing since last October.

“He is missed. I mean, at the bar-b-q that we have annually, several people mentioned, you know ‘I miss Tony. I wish he was here. It’s not the same without him,”‘ said McAdam.

While the neighborhood is quiet, the courtroom was busy. Tuesday morning, Othon Robert Campos changed his plea to guilty for a felony murder charge, 1st degree robbery and 1st degree burglary. When Judge Lorenzo Mejia asked how Damiano was killed, Campos said the other man he was with stabbed him. As part of the plea, Campos will have to share more details.

“The Co-Defendant, Merlin Bounds, still has a trial set for January of 2015, and part of his plea agreement was that Mr. Campos would truthfully testify in that trial,” said Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert.

It’s only after that trial, Campos will be sentenced, with the murder charge alone carrying a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years. Until then, friends and neighbors remember Damiano and the impact he had on the community.

It’s better to just remember Tony the way he was, with a smile,” said McAdam.


ASHLAND, Ore. — The city of Ashland implemented a ban on plastic bags last May, but gave the city a six month waiting period before they were required to completely phase out plastic. Their goal was to no longer have plastic by this November.

The city ordinance was put in place to try to encourage everyone to embrace a more green option of using reusable bags. Now all businesses have until November 6th to phase out the plastic, and roll in the paper or reusable options.

Ashland officials say they have been talking to businesses around town and most, if not all of them, have already made the move. They say most of them are just waiting to implement the 10 cent charge for paper bags.

“The businesses keep that money and that is in exchange for phasing out of a less expensive bag obviously. Plastic bags is cheaper than a paper bag,” Ashland Management Analyst Adam Hanks said.

Hanks said leaders did their research before approving the fee. Several surrounding cities with similar ordinances also implement a 10 cent fee for paper bags. That fee is meant to help off-set costs for businesses, and also encourage people to go with reusable options.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Colleen Roberts and Kevin Talbert are running against each other for Jackson County Commissioner Position Three, but Roberts is running as both the republican and democratic candidate, while Talbert represents the Independent Party.

Roberts, who is a registered Republican, won the Republican Primary Election in May. According to the Jackson County Elections Office, when a candidate receives the most write-in votes from one political party, they have the option to accept the nomination for that party, even if they are already a candidate for another. Therefore, both party labels are assigned to one person.

For the first time in Jackson County, both the labels will be shown on the ballot.

Though Talbert is running as an Independent candidate, he is a registered democrat and is afraid the double party listing will confuse voters.
Roberts says she was honored to accept the democratic nomination.

“It won’t change how I campaign. My message is the same I believe in small government and liberty and freedom and I think that resonates across party lines,” Colleen Roberts said.

“She will be listed as both a Republican and a Democrat which is quite a concept if you think about it and I’ll be listed as the independent so it will be tough for voters just to go by label in this and know who the candidate really is,” Kevin Talbert said.

Both candidates say they embrace voting for the candidate, rather than the party affiliation.

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The cooler air behind last night’s cold front is no surprise, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a shock to the system for those that live in the Klamath Basin and parts of northern California.  Lows Wednesday morning will be in the lower 30′s, down to the middle 20′s east of the Cascades.  These will be the coldest temperatures we’ve had so far this season.

With that in mind, a freeze warning takes effect at 1 AM Wednesday and last until 8 AM the same day.  That means the occurrence of temperatures below freezing is certain for the warned area.  In addition, a frost advisory is in effect for the same areas with the inclusion of the I-5 corridor in central Siskiyou County.  That means a frost is possible for the areas under the advisory.

A frost is possible once again Thursday morning in the Klamath Basin, then the warm up begins.  Highs will be between five and ten degrees above average on Friday, then the heat will ebb a bit by the start of next week.  And rain chances?  Don’t expect showers time soon.  The next seven days remain dry and sunny for all inland locations.

For more information, or to send me your weather pictures, head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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