Governor mediates public radio battle

Governor mediates public radio battle

Kitzhaber seeks two month grace period to cool disupte between Southern Oregon University and Jefferson Public Radio Foundation.

The university and the public radio stations' fundraising foundation have been at odds for months, following the release of a state audit that said the JPR Foundation may have taken on too much financial liability with several projects unrelated to the public radio stations. Those projects included restoration of the Holly Theatre and construction of a new JPR headquarters, both in downtown Medford.

Ben Cannon, education policy adviser for Kitzhaber, said by phone Thursday evening that the governor agrees with calls to tone down the debate. He said the governor took some of his cues from statements made by two Southern Oregon legislators Thursday.

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