Politics & Government

Oregon Immigration
7:16 am
Tue January 7, 2014

US Immigration Policy Leaves Behind "Orphans of Deportation"

Ashley, 18, left, Brian, 21, and Karleen Tapia pose for a photo outside their home in Bend. Their single mother was deported to Mexico in September 2011.
Credit Jordana Gustafson

According to the Pew Hispanic Center estimates, there are about four-and-a-half million American citizens with at leas t one parent who’s undocumented. This has led to a growing number of children in the U-S who are living without their parents. That’s because the number of deportations under the Obama administration has reached record levels – 400 -thousand in 2012 alone. And many of those deported are parents. Latino communities across the country have borne the brunt of these deportations, and researchers say children’s mental health suffers as a result.

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Lane County
12:18 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Board Chair Brings His Rock & Roll Soul To State Of Lane County

Lane County Board Chair Sid Leiken delivers the "State of the County" address.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Last year, Lane County voters passed a levy to fund jail beds.  This was one of the successes touted Monday morning. It was a "rockin" State of Lane County event.

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Holiday Homeless Families
3:34 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

A Home For The Holidays

Credit Saint Vincent de Paul

On the eve of a new year, the mayor of Eugene challenges her community to give the gift of housing to forty homeless families.

Seven years ago, Ginny Osteen took a look around and saw that her family had plenty of stuff. That prompted her to make a change. Instead of giving and receiving gifts over the holidays, she asked that money be donated to make a difference in the lives of struggling families.

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Small Towns
6:23 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Meet The Politicians Who Run One Of Oregon's Smallest Towns

Prescott City Council member Jim Larson stands in front of the City Hall he helped build in 1970.
Chris Lehman

There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician. They serve on the city council, the school board or the water commission. It's not that they seek the glory. The ones who serve are often those who put up the least resistance when someone taps them on the shoulder. But they do it anyway, because of the fierce need to control their community's destiny. As part of our occasional series on small town life, correspondent Chris Lehman visited Prescott, Oregon...population 55.

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November 2014 Election
11:51 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Group Gathers Signatures For Oregon Equal Rights Amendment

Alice Paul (1885-1977) Author of the Equal Rights Amendment
Credit Photo from Alice Paul Institute -Alice's house in NJ.

Supporters are gathering signatures to put an Equal Rights Amendment against gender discrimination on the Oregon Ballot in November 2014.

The federal government has failed to pass an Equal Rights Amendment, but 22 states have the ERA in their constitutions. Leann Litrell DiLorenzo heads the ERA-Oregon campaign. She says women's equality isn't protected in the state's constitution. It's been up to the courts to preserve it.

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Politics & Government
6:58 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Homeowners Face Steep Increase In Flood Insurance Premiums

Credit USGS

Recent changes made to the nation's flood insurance program could cost Oregon homeowners tens of thousands of dollars a year.

After paying out huge insurance claims for storms like Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, the National Flood Insurance Program is about $25-billion in the hole. Congress passed a reform act in 2012 that took effect this October. The Director of the Lincoln County Planning and Development Department is Onno Husing. He says Congress didn't fix the problem, but passed the cost onto homeowners and buyers.

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City Club of Eugene
8:12 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Annual Gifts To The City

Date of Meeting: Friday, December 20, 2013

Air Date: Monday, December 23, 2013
 

Annual Gifts to the City

The City Club of Eugene’s annual program features local luminaries giving the city their gifts, ranging from a song to a lump of coal.

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Oregon Legislature
6:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Dog Tethering Law Takes Effect in January

Juventino Guijosa and his dog, Sisi.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon canines will be howling an unchained melody starting in January. That's when a new law takes effect that makes it illegal to tie up your dog too long. One volunteer organization is helping dog owners avoid the upcoming penalties by building fences to give dogs room to roam.

Juventino Guijosa keeps his dog, Sisi, on a chain behind his Salem house. She's a mix between a black Labrador and a chow chow.

Juventino Guijosa: "She's a very good dog. I like to let her spend some time outside here, and not stick her inside so much."

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Election 2014
12:01 am
Tue December 17, 2013

West Eugene and Junction City Representative Files To Run Again

District 14 Representative Val Hoyle
Credit Re-Election Campaign

State Representative Val Hoyle has filed for re-election in what would be her third term. The Democrat represents District 14, which includes West Eugene and Junction City.  She was selected to fill the number two position in the chamber for 2013 - House Majority Leader.  Tina Kotek is Speaker of the House, so Oregon is unique among states, as Hoyle points out.

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Social Activism
3:20 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seven Arrested While Demanding To Keep Springfield Post Office Open

"Raging Grannies" Sing Non Christmas Protest Songs
Lucy Ohlsen

Seven people were arrested at the Gateway Post Office in Springfield Monday. The Processing Plant is still on the list for closure due to budget issues.

After an hour of singing, cookies and listening to speakers on why the post office should stay open, one "Raging grandma" was arrested by a member of the Postal Police Force.

"Do you have any ailments or anything?"
"Yeah, I have a bad back"

"You and me both, let's just walk in then."

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