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Gun Classes In High Demand
Rogue Protection Group normally has one basic pistol class a month, but because of the high demand over the last week, it had to add five additional classes in Grants Pass, Oregon, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani)

By Ariana Rakhshani/KTVL.com

GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- A gun safety class is growing by the day.

Rogue Protection Group said normally, it has between 15 to 20 people each month at different classes, but in the last three days, it has confirmed more than 40 people.

The owner, Trista Ehly, said many are registering because of last week's shooting.

"The primary reason being recent events," Ehly said. "They feel unsafe and this is the most ideal way for them to protect themselves."

Some gun shops said there has been a boom in business as well over the last week.

Guns R Us said it has seen about a 25 percent increase, and Good Guys Guns said more customers are coming in, wanting to protect themselves.

American Red Cross and Sinclair: Home Fire Preparedness Campaign
The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sinclair Broadcast Group to keep you safe in case of a fire in your home. (Photo: American Red Cross)

Sinclair Broadcast Group — More lives are lost every year from home fires than all major disasters, according to the American Red Cross.

Plan now to be safe.

  • Install smoke alarms on every floor, inside and outside of every bedroom.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month.
  • Replace your alarm batteries at least once a year.
  • Practice your 2-minute drill.
  • Make sure you and your family practice your 2-minute drill at least twice a year.
  • If a fire starts, Get Out, Stay Out, Call for help.

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SOU students say they feel safe
Students walking around courtyard on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, Ore. on Oct. 7, 2015 (KTVL/Justin Matthews).

By Justin Matthews/KTVL.com

ASHLAND, Ore.- Classes and sports practices at Southern Oregon University are cancelled Wednesday.   
News10 checked in with some freshman living in the dorms; all they can do is hang out in their rooms or study in the food court.

"I feel safe, i think the security team, the Ashland Police Department have done very well getting this done in locking down the school in a good manner," said Thomas O'Connor, a freshman at SOU.

Students and athletes told News10 they feel like they might fall behind in their classes, but are happy they at least have a day to study.
Sports teams are leaving campus and going to parks to get some playing time in.

SOU to reopen Thursday
By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com

ASHLAND, Ore.-- Southern Oregon University will reopen the Ashland campus Thursday at 5 a.m. after it closed Wednesday due to an unconfirmed threat, according to a press release.

No further evidence has been found to substantiate the threat.

Campus currently has an increase in uniformed and non-uniformed Campus Public Safety and Ashland Police Department officers.

The events scheduled for Thursday to honor victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting last week will still go as scheduled.

Coast Guard abandons search for 33 missing crew members

Maine Maritime Academy students attend a vigil of hope for the missing crew members of the U.S. container ship El Faro, Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, 2015, in Castine, Maine.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press
TONY WINTON, Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard broke the news to grieving family members Wednesday that it was abandoning the search for the 33 mariners aboard a U.S. container ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, and investigators turned their attention to finding the vessel's data recorder 3 miles down at the bottom of the sea.

An intensive search by air and sea over tens of thousands of square miles turned up one unidentified body in a survival suit and a heavily damaged lifeboat but no sign of survivors from the 790-foot El Faro, which was last heard from nearly from a week ago as it was being tossed around in rough seas.

In announcing it would end the search at sunset, the Coast Guard all but confirmed family members' worst fears — that all hands were lost. On board were 28 crew members from the U.S. and five from Poland.

"Any decision to suspend a search is painful," Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said. "They did all they could."

Even before the announcement, hopes of finding anyone alive were fading.

"The ship went down. And there's no questioning the outcome of that. The ship has gone down, took everybody with it. There's really no speculation to be made," said Mary Shevory, mother of crew member Mariette Wright.

Robert Green, father of LaShawn Rivera, held out hope despite the Coast Guard decision: "Miracles do happen, and it's God's way only. I'm prayerful, hopeful and still optimistic."

The El Faro went down in 15,000 feet of water east of the Bahamas last Thursday after losing propulsion while attempting to outrun Joaquin along the ship's regular route from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico, according to ship owner Tote Maritime and the Coast Guard. The captain reported the ship was listing and taking on water through an open hatch. Then transmissions ceased.

The key to the mystery of what caused the ship to stall and sink may be in the voyage data recorder, similar to the "black box" on an airliner. The device, presumably pinging away in the blackness and crushing pressure on the sea floor, has a battery life of 30 days after it hits the water.

Assuming the device can be located, the National Transportation Safety Board will work with the Coast Guard, Navy and other agencies to devise a way to bring it up, probably using a remote-controlled, unmanned submersible capable of diving great depths.

Among the questions raised in the wake of the tragedy: What caused the ship to lose power? Did pressure to deliver the cargo on time play a role in the captain's decision to press ahead? Was the ship's advanced age — more than 40 years old — a factor? And was the mechanical trouble caused by work that was being done in the engine room at the time?

The recorder, required for all large ships since 2002, would contain radio communications, command discussions on the bridge, the ship's speed and heading, the condition of its hull, wind speed and radar readings. Generally the recorders retain information from the 12 hours before they enter the water.

"We want to find every bit of information that we possibly can," NTSB vice chair Bella Dinh-Zarr said. "We will be here as long as it takes."

The ship left Jacksonville on Sept. 29 while Joaquin was still a tropical storm. Joaquin quickly developed into a powerful Category 4 hurricane, but Tote officials say its captain, Michael Davidson, had an acceptable plan to bypass the storm that would have worked had the ship not lost power amid 140 mph winds and 50-foot waves.

The NTSB said a key part of the investigation is learning how to prevent similar tragedies. Family members said they hope so, too.

"I am hoping other companies will take a good look at when they're going to ship out, when they're going to set sail," Shevory said. "And not do it with a storm coming that can potentially become a hurricane."


Anderson reported from Miami. Associated Press writer Jason Dearen contributed from Gainesville, Fla.

California governor signs aggressive climate change bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, arrives with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, right, and Assembly speaker Toni Atkins, second from right, to sign landmark legislation SB 350 to combat climate change by increasing the state's renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030 at a ceremony at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press
JUDY LIN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious climate change bill on Wednesday, aiming to increase the state's use of renewable electricity to 50 percent and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient by 2030.

"The goal is clear, and California is in the forefront," Brown said at a signing ceremony at the hilltop Griffith Observatory, where a hazy downtown Los Angeles provided the backdrop.

Brown tried for an even stronger measure that would have also directed state regulators to enforce a 50 percent drop in petroleum use in the next 15 years, but oil interests defeated that part of the package.

He characterized the loss as a short-term setback, and insisted that the world needs to wean itself off fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

"What has been the source of our prosperity now becomes the source of our ultimate destruction, if we don't get off it. And that is so difficult," Brown said.

The Legislature approved the watered-down SB350 in the final hours of the legislative session on Sept. 11.

The measure does not specify how California will achieve these far-reaching goals, deferring the details to the state's Air Resources Board, Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission. The boards' members are mostly appointed by the governor and have broad influence over the state's economic life.

Lawmakers blamed a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign by oil companies, which raised fears of job losses, for defeating the petroleum reduction requirement.

Both houses are controlled by Democrats, but Brown accused Republicans of failing to take action to slow global warming. He recalled that Ronald Reagan was California's governor when the state created the Air Resources Board in response to the smog in Los Angeles, and that President Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act.

"That was a time when Republicans really got it. We hope they are going to come back to the good old days of Reagan and Nixon, when people cared about clean air and clean water," he said.

Brown, a Democrat, began the year with a vow to push the most aggressive greenhouse-gas emissions benchmark in North America through the Legislature.

His goal builds on landmark legislation signed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, which established the first U.S. program to cap and trade emissions as a way to reduce pollutants to 1990 levels by 2020.

That program, second only to the European Union's in size, imposes extra costs on polluting businesses, and has kept the state on track to get a third of its electricity from renewable sources in five more years.

Brown took his campaign around the world, even meeting with the pope in July. But he lost a key political battle among moderate Democrats in Sacramento amid intense lobbying by the oil industry and California's utilities.

Some lawmakers were willing to accept forced cuts in petroleum use if the Legislature could have more power over the Air Resources Board, which has been implementing the greenhouse gas emissions law.

But Brown refused to give up what he sees as his executive authority.

Brown said cleaner-running cars and energy-efficient appliances will improve the environment, but he warned that the world's coming transition from carbon-producing fuels to solar, wind and other renewable energies will be difficult.

"I never want to minimize the task ahead," he said. "It's not going to be easy and it's not going to come overnight. There is no quick, one thing you can do."

Hawthorne Park to open Saturday
(MGN Online Photo)

By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com

MEDFORD-- Hawthorne Park will open Saturday, according to a press release by the Medford Parks and Recreation Department.

Signage park benches and picnic tables will be completed over the next few months, and certain areas will be fenced off in order for landscaping to establish over the next few months.

The splash pad area of the park will be the only closed area of the park, as the contractor is still waiting for parts to make the pad operational.

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