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Axe and Fiddle, Tsunami Books
3:25 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Alice DiMicele Live at KLCC

Alice DiMicele (right) and Mikey Stevens (left) at KLCC.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Alice DiMicele celebrates the release of her thirteenth album, Swim, with a couple of performances in the KLCC listening region, including Thursday evening, January 29th at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and Friday evening, January 30th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.  Alice DiMicele stopped by the KLCC studios, along with Mikey Stevens, to perform three songs off of Swim.

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Mental Health
2:46 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Psychiatric Hospital In Junction City Readies For Patients

Oregon State Hospital's new Junction City campus.
Credit Karen Richards

The new Oregon State Hospital in Junction City hosted public tours today (Thursday). Approved by the State Legislature in 2007, the campus is nearly ready to accept patients.

The state-run psychiatric hospital has the capacity to house 174 people. It will offer treatment to adults who are civilly or criminally committed.

Greg Roberts is Superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital. He says philosophies have changed since he started working in mental health in the 1970s. Then, people often remained in the institutions for life:

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Eugene 4J School District
11:25 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Eugene 4J Sees Improvement In Achievement Gap

Oregon's public high school on-time graduation rates went up 3.3 percent in 2014 from the previous year. Eugene's 4J school district reports an 8 percent boost in the statewide survey released Thursday.

The state has changed the way it calculates graduation rates which may account for some of the improvement. Kerry Delf with Eugene 4J says the district also made progress in closing the achievement gap:

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Earthquakes
9:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Japan Hospital That Survived Earthquake Has Lessons For Pacific Northwest

Not a single window broke in the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital during Japan's Magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11, 2011.
Credit Jay Wilson / OPB

Scientists say the northwest is due for an earthquake and tsunami as big as the one that struck Japan nearly four years ago. That could spell trouble for fire stations, schools and hospitals built with little or no seismic engineering.
Oregon Field Guide’s Ed Jahn recently traveled to Japan. He visited one hospital there that survived the 2011 quake without so much as a broken window.
 

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Cottage Theatre
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Shakespeare Goes to Havana

Tony Rust (left) and Earl Ruttencutter (right) in a scene from the Cottage Theatre's production of 12th Night

The Cottage Theatre merges Shakespeare’s classic comedy 12th Night with the music and culture of Havana, Cuba in the 1950s. Director Tony Rust speaks with Eric Alan about the creative merger, and whether or not the theatre can affect foreign policy.

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University of Oregon
5:41 am
Thu January 29, 2015

The U of O Gets Its Documents Back

Credit Visitor7

The University of Oregon says 22,000 pages of archived documents that were released illegally have been returned.

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Education
3:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

State Education Leaders Visit Eugene To Discuss Standardized Testing

Tuesday evening state education leaders visited Eugene to hear thoughts from parents and teachers on the new Smarter Balanced standardized tests.

Tensions were high at North Eugene High School as many teachers from around the region spoke out against using the Common Core state testing standards in their classrooms.

The Smarter Balanced tests are conducted on computers. This is one concern of Looking Glass Riverfront School teacher Laura Farrelly.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Construction Nears Completion On Charleston Marine Museum

A view from the Charleston Marine Life Center.
Credit Lou Sennick / The World

Construction is wrapping up on a new marine museum and aquarium on the Southern Oregon Coast.

After seven years of planning, the Charleston Marine Life Center expects to open its doors to the public this spring. The 6,000 square foot museum overlooks the Charleston Harbor. It’s a part of the University Of Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology.

Director Craig Young explains how the design of the building incorporates the landscape:

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Neighborhood Development
12:16 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Neighbors Object To Housing Project For Former Cons

Sponsors and HACSA plan to build a permanent housing project on this lot on Oak Patch Road in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A plan to build long-term housing for people who've been in prison is raising objections from neighbors. The proposal is to put in a 60 unit building in the neighborhood of Acorn Park in West Eugene.

Sponsors is a program that helps people who've been in prison get back into society. Director Paul Solomon:

Solomon: "Re-entry services consist of transitional housing, long-term housing, employment services, mentoring and a range of other services designed to help people transition successfully back into the community."

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Lane County
9:24 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Lane County Will Tweak Vehicle Fee Proposal

Credit Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has postponed a decision on whether to put a $35 annual vehicle registration fee on the May ballot. The fee would fund repair to roads and bridges.

The board heard from 20 people at a hearing Tuesday. Nancy Nichols of Deadwood was among those in favor of the fee. She lives near a gravel road.

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