Politics & Government

State Agencies
3:13 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon State Fair To Be Managed By New Council

Credit Oregon State Fair

Starting next summer, the Oregon State Fair will be run by a new 11-member council. It's the first step following legislation passed earlier this year to transition the Fair and Exposition Center to a public corporation.

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Homeless Issues
8:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Advocates Urge Eugene Leaders To Allow Whoville To Stay

Several dozen homeless advocates spoke at Monday's Eugene City Council Meeting urging councilors to allow Whoville residents to remain at their camp near downtown. The camp is made up of about 50 homeless people in tents, who've been at Hilyard and West Broadway for a couple of months. There's fear the camp will be closed once the city opens it's pilot "rest stop" later this month at another location. Laura O'Hannion was among the speakers who asked that Whoville remain open.

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Winter Weather
4:11 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Water Line Rupture Causes Damage To Eugene Public Library

Credit City of Eugene

A water line broke Monday at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Fire officials believe the rupture was caused by the unusually cold temperatures.  

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s Lance Lighty says the water line was located in the ceiling above the 4th floor.

Lighty:   “They were able to get the water shut off, and then contain it to the 4th floor.  It did drop a bunch of ceiling tiles and got some furniture and stuff wet.  But it sounds like they got the computers and stuff moved out of the area, so there was no damage there.”

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Homeless Issues
12:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Egan Warming Center Activates For Cold Nights

Credit Egan Warming Center

Eugene's Egan Warming Center will open Tuesday night. With temperatures forecast to drop into the teens, the agency is bracing for a long activation. But there's concern it might not be able to accommodate everyone.

Egan Warming Center is a network of churches that open their doors to homeless people on cold winter nights. St. Vincent de Paul operates the center. Executive Director Terry McDonald says they're looking for additional places-- especially at the end of the week.

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Homelessness
6:27 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

City of Eugene Signs Agreement to Open First Rest Stop for Homeless Camping

Credit Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene has signed an agreement to allow overnight camping at the first rest stop for the homeless.

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River Management
10:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Merkley And Wyden Introduce Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act

The Crooked River and Bowman Dam
Credit Panoramio.com

Legislation was introduced last week to improve water management on the Crooked River near Prineville.  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke Friday about the bill.

Merkley: "You know how we say here in the West: Whiskey, that's for drinking, and water, that's for fighting."

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

New Revenue For The City: To Meet The Challenge Or Not?

Recorded on: Friday, November 22, 2013
Air date: Monday, November 25, 2013

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Job Growth
1:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Merkley Unveils 'Manufacturing Jobs For America' Package

Senator Jeff Merkley getting a tour of JCI.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Manufacturing is not as abundant as it once was in Oregon, but it accounts for 29% of the Gross State Product. Senator Jeff Merkley is part of a coalition of 21 lawmakers drafting legislation to boost the sector.

Senator Merkley visited Johnson Crushers International near Springfield, Friday, to promote the "Manufacturing Jobs for America" package. It includes two bills. One focuses on technical educational training and the other emphasizes grants to expand energy efficiency. Merkley says it's important to nurture domestic job growth.

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JFK Assassination
11:43 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Lincoln County Man Remembers Kennedy Assassination

Credit wikepedia

North Lincoln County's Fire and Rescue publicist was listening to KLCC Friday morning. Jim Kusz was moved by the Kennedy assassination remembrances  on "Here and Now". He called to tell his story of being a third-grader in Chicago on a class trip to the circus.

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Lane County
12:43 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Lane County Must Pay Former Employee's Attorney's Fees

A lawyer who lost his job with Lane County has been awarded attorney's fees after winning a public records lawsuit. Lane County Circuit Judge Jody Mooney ruled today Wednesday that the county must pay Marc Kardell $14 thousand.

Marc Kardell was successful in October in a suit against Lane County. Judge Mooney found the county violated state public records laws by delaying it's response to Kardell's request by 3 months. Kardell spoke outside the courthouse following the judge's decision to award attorney's fees.

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