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Same-sex Marriage
7:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Federal Judge Hears Arguments To Overturn Oregon's Same-sex Marriage Ban

Federal Courthouse in Eugene.

KLCC's Angela Kellner speaks with Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman about the oral arguments heard in a federal courtroom in Eugene Wednesday. The plaintiffs are urging Judge Michael McShane to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban.

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University of Oregon
6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cinema Pacific Film Festival and the Adrenaline Film Project

Leigh Kilton-Smith

The Cinema Pacific Film Festival brings films and new media from countries which border the Pacific Ocean. It includes the annual Adrenaline Film Project, in which films are created and then shown in a 72-hour frenzy. A conversation with Cinema Pacific director Richard Herskowitz, and Leigh  Kilton-Smith, a mentor for the Adrenaline Film Project who has served as an acting coach for Jennifer Aniston and many others.

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Natural World
5:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall

Swifts entering the chimney at Agate Hall in Eugene.
Credit wikimedia commons

During spring and fall migrations Vaux's Swifts have been using the tall chimney at Agate hall for an evening roost.  How these birds know where to congregate remains a mystery.  The evening spectacle when they enter the chimney is easily accessible to anyone taking the time to observe.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain

Steve Landes as John Lennon.

Steve Landes has been portraying an eight-year portion of John Lennon’s life for sixteen years, as part of the multi-media Beatles tribute called Rain. Before Rain’s performance at the Hult Center, he speaks with Eric Alan about the oddity and excitement of the role, what it takes to recreate the Beatles, and what he’ll do when he no longer looks like John Lennon.

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Crime & Law
12:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lane County Will No Longer Hold Inmates For Federal Immigration Officials

Credit Lane County

After a court decision earlier this month, Lane County has changed its policy on holding inmates at the request of federal immigration officials.
 

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requests to hold, or detainers, are used to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens” that were taken into local custody.  ICE asks for holds up to 48 hours. This policy has been widely criticized by immigrant rights groups.  

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Social Justice
12:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Gay Rights Supporters Gather Ahead Of Landmark Court Hearing

Credit Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Oregon Department Of Education Awards Science And Technology Grants

Credit Oregon Coast STEM

The Oregon Department of Education wants to promote science, technology, engineering, and math, or "STEM" subjects. It has awarded $2.8 million to six 'learning hubs' around the state.

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub received the largest of the grants. Terry Crews is the project manager. She says Newport schools have had a partnership with marine science centers for about six years…

Crews: "With the intent of making Lincoln County School District students the most ocean-literate in the state, if not the country."

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Environment
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Lane County Group Re-files Initiative To Limit GMO Crops

GMO Sugar Beet crops are being grown in the Willamette Valley.
Credit Earthfix

A Lane County group chose Earth Day for their latest legal move. Today (Tuesday) “Support Local Food Rights” filed its third attempt at an ordinance to protect area farms and limit certain agricultural practices. 

Last month, a judge ruled that the previous version of the Lane County Local Food System Ordinance did not comply with pre-election requirements. Attorney Ann Kneeland says the county now has five days to decide if this newest incarnation is acceptable.

Kneeland: “If they determine it complies, the county will have a period of time to draft a ballot title.”

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Same-sex marriage
3:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Denies Motion To Delay Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Federal Court House in Eugene
Credit Karen Richards

Wednesday's federal hearing on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban will go ahead as scheduled, after a Eugene judge today denied a motion to postpone by opponents.  

The Oregon Attorney General announced back in February that the state would not defend the voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The state said the ban would not stand up to a federal equal rights challenge. 

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Free Speech
1:34 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Free Speech Protest Rights Championed In Two Eugene Lawsuits

Homeless advocates camped at Free Speech Plaza in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A Eugene law firm has filed two lawsuits regarding free speech protest rights. One is against the federal government. The other will be tried in Municipal Court.
Attorney Lauren Regan with the Civil Liberties Defense Center says government is quietly chipping away at first amendment rights to protest in Eugene.

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