Politics & Government

Homelessness
6:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Lane County Poverty And Homelessness Board Meets For First Time

Credit lanecounty.org

Lane County's new Poverty and Homeless Board recently met for the first time. The 17 member panel is charged with finding solutions to persistent homeless problems.

Last year Lane County Board of Commissioners formed the board following the removal of two homeless camps in Eugene. The board consists of elected officials, community leaders, and a formerly homeless person. Lane County Human Services spokeswoman Pearl Wolfe is excited for the diversity of board members.

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Election 2014
6:19 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Republican Challanger Dr. Monica Wehby Visits Campaign Rally In Eugene

Republican Challenger Dr. Monica Wehby
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Republican nominee for Oregon’s U.S. Senate seat, Doctor Monica Wehby, stopped by a campaign kick-starter rally Friday. About 25 supporters applauded as the challenger arrived in a small office near downtown Eugene. Wehby is running against incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley. Wehby’s campaign is focusing their strategy on the State’s failed Cover Oregon health exchange. Wehby says the biggest problem with the health exchange was it was overreaching. She favors a free market “patient-centered” approach that includes more collaboration with doctors.

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November 2014 Election
12:51 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Merkley Rallies Democratic Campaign Volunteers In Eugene

Senator Jeff Merkley talks with Laurie Trieger at the opening of his Eugene campaign office.
Credit Corinne Boyer

Senator Jeff Merkley rallied his Democratic base at the opening of his campaign office in Eugene Thursday. He's framing the election as grass roots versus special interests.

Merkley is being challenged by Republican Monica Wehby, a doctor from Portland.

Merkley says Lane County is critical in his campaign for a second term in the U.S. Senate. He says out-of-state money has been funneled toward his opponent.

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Eugene City Hall
1:22 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eugene City Hall Is Coming Down

Workers remove a cedar slate from the old City Hall building. The plan is to use the cedar in the new design.
Credit Corinne Boyer

The first 16-foot cedar slat was removed from the condemned Eugene City Hall Wednesday. City leaders held a ceremony marking the beginning of deconstruction of the 50-year old building. Construction of a new City Hall is slated to begin in 2015.

Mayor Kitty Piercy was flanked by sign-holding protestors as she addressed the small assembly.

Piercy: "And I just might say, how could you celebrate a milestone in the civic history of our community without controversy. It's part of who we are as a participatory community."

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Marijuana
8:36 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Study Says Policy Will Determine Economic Impact Of Marijuana In Oregon

A study released by an Oregon State University sociologist says policy will determine the economic impact of legal marijuana. A recently published report is being cited by policymakers crafting marijuana legislation in Oregon.

Oregon voters will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana production and use. OSU researcher Seth Crawford says the price for the average consumer will determine if someone chooses to buy pot legally.

Crawford: "They are much more likely to stay in that grey market if the prices are very high on the legal market."

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Representative Peter DeFazio
7:15 am
Thu August 21, 2014

DeFazio on Forest Issues, Congressional Inaction

Congressman Peter DeFazio at a Town Hall in Lebanon.
Credit Kerry Arndt / Congressman DeFazio's office

Congressman Peter DeFazio is home in Oregon this month. He's in the midst of 19 town hall meetings as he travels his district. KLCC caught up with the Springfield Democrat at his Eugene office.

I asked him about legislation to increase logging on Oregon's O & C lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM. DeFazio's bill was passed by the House a year ago. Senator Ron Wyden introduced his own bill that's a little different from DeFazio's.

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ethiopian Athletes Likely to Seek Asylum in U.S.

The four Ethiopian track and field athletes who were reported missing on Saturday, July 26, 2014 (from left to right): Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, 17, Dureti Edao, 18, Meaza Kebede, 18, Zeyituna Mohammed, 18. All four were located safe days after being reported missing.

Police reports show at least one of the four Ethiopian athletes who went missing after the World Junior Championships in Eugene last month planned to seek asylum. We checked in with an immigration lawyer to find out their chances of success.

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Politics & Government
10:50 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Summer Town Halls Continue For Representative DeFazio

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio

Oregon Representative Peter Defazio is continuing a string of town hall meetings this week with stops Lane, Douglass, and Linn Counties.  

The US House is adjourned for summer break and that means lawmakers all over the country are back in their Districts meeting with constituents.  Oregon District 4 Representative Peter DeFazio is holding nine town hall meetings this week.  The stops include Roseburg on Tuesday; Lebanon, Albany and Corvallis on Wednesday; and Florence and Veneta on Thursday.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The 15 Ounce Pound by Joseph Pietri

KLCC's Tripp Sommer speaks with Joseph Pietri, author of "The 15-Ounce Pound:Big Pharma's Plan to Patent Pot".

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Marijuana
10:36 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Coos Bay City Council Clarifies Ordinance Banning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The city of Coos Bay voted 6 to 1 last week to enforce an existing ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

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