Politics & Government

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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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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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Seeks Improved Retirement Savings Options

Credit www.oregonlive.com

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, the state’s banker, was in Eugene Tuesday.  In his first full term, the 51-year-old Democrat leads the bipartisan Retirement Savings Task Force studying how to improve retirement savings options for Oregonians.  Before presiding over the first in a statewide series of conversations on the topic, Wheeler stopped by the KLCC studios and spoke with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher.

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Land Use
1:44 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Benton County Looking At Multiple Options For Purchased Railroad Corridor

Salvage crew removing tracks from Bailey Branch Corridor.
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

Benton County is unsure how to manage an 18 mile railroad corridor it purchased late last year. The County is seeking public comment on the best use of land that extends from Monroe to just south of Corvallis.

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Seavy Loop
7:34 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Neighbors Object To Zoning Change Near Mt. Pisgah

Signs protesting Springfield's UGB expansion line Seavey Loop Road near Buford Park.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Residents near Mount Pisgah are opposed to a plan by the City of Springfield to increase its Urban Growth Boundary. The group "No Industrial Pisgah" is meeting with two state lawmakers this week to find out if there's a way to prevent the UGB expansion.

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Lane County
11:06 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Lane County Offers Free Access to Select Emails

Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky.
Credit Lane County

Lane County is trying to be more open to the public by providing free access to emails and to meeting rooms.

Members of the public and the media can now go to the County Administrator's office and log-in to a computer terminal to read emails between the County Commissioners and the Administrator. The terminal displays messages in an email group collected when constituents contact their commissioners from the Lane County website. County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says these emails have been available by request, for a fee, in the past.

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Blacks in Oregon
7:27 am
Wed July 30, 2014

"Why Aren't There More Blacks in Oregon?"

Portland State University professor Walidah Imarisha.
Credit Walidah Imarisha

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. We celebrate it at a time when Oregon's population is not quite two-percent African-American.  A Portland State University professor is criss-crossing the state asking this provocative question: Why aren't there more blacks in Oregon?

It was a bittersweet commemoration as a packed auditorium listened to the Northwest Freedom Singers and heard Portland State University professor Walidah Imarisha says that in the 1840's, Oregon became the only U.S. territory with a racial exclusion law:

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6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Eugene Architect: Planned "City Hall is The Wrong Building in the Wrong Place"

Credit University of Oregon

Even though a new Eugene City Hall is now in preliminary design phase, some Eugenians still have reservations.  Among these is architect Jerry Diethelm. Although having no direct involvement with the project, he thinks the proposed city hall is the wrong building in the wrong place.  He’s asked how his city hall vision differs from that of the City Council.  On July 18, John Rowell of Rowell-Brokaw architects, a principal designer of the new Eugene City Hall, was on KLCC discussing his firm’s plans.  That interview can be heard below this story.

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