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August 29, 2012

Ore. Campus to Take Over Public Radio System in Settlement

Southern Oregon University will take full control of 22 northwestern public radio stations in a deal that settles a financial dispute between the university and its former partner in the network, say the Mail Tribune of Medford, Ore., and the Associated Press.

The campus will now fully operate Jefferson Public Radio, which broadcasts in southern Oregon and northern California.

The deal effectively separates the network from the Jefferson Public Radio Foundation, which had previously run some of the stations, and establishes a third entity, Jefferson Live!, to take over nonradio projects launched by the foundation, including renovation of historic theaters in Medford and Redding, Calif.

Tensions between the university and the foundation erupted in June after an audit commissioned by the Oregon University System raised questions about whether the foundation's outside spending could undermine Southern Oregon's finances.