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Oregon's changing media is local broadcast topic

Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio talk show, "Think Out Loud," will broadcast an hour-long show on Oregon's changing media landscape Wednesday in Medford.

The show will be broadcast from noon to 1 p.m. from Presentation Hall (Room 132) in the Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. The public is invited to attend.

The discussion will be led by Think Out Loud host Dave Miller. Panel members will include Geoffrey Riley, news director of Jefferson Public Radio; Julie Akins, news director of KOBI-TV; Bob Hunter, editor of the Mail Tribune; Morgan Holm, OPB's vice president of news and public affairs; and Erik Palmer, assistant professor of convergent media at Southern Oregon University.

The show will be broadcast by Jefferson Public Radio and will be available online live and on podcasts through OPB, at

Man's body found in Medford irrigation ditch

A man's body was found floating in a Medford irrigation ditch late Sunday.

The body was found in a ditch at about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lynn Street and Gore Avenue, behind the Sierra Pine lumber mill, Medford police reported. Cpl. Ernie Whiteman said a passerby spotted the body and called 911.

The man's name is not being released until family can be notified, police said. They said the man is homeless and that he is known to law enforcement.

The cause of the man's death is still under investigation, but police said it doesn't appear he was pushed into the ditch. An autopsy will show whether the man drowned or died from other means, but it has yet to be scheduled.

"(There are) no obvious signs of homicidal violence, but sometimes those aren't obvious," said Lt. Mike Budreau.

Boys Youth Volleyball offered for 4th-8th grades

Jr. Comet Sports is offering Boys Youth Volleyball games for grades four through eight from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 6 through Nov. 3, at Scenic Middle School, 1955 Scenic Ave., Central Point. Boys are invited to come out and try it for no charge; joining costs $25. For more information, call Carmen at 541-664-2688.

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