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Computer Hack
6:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

McKenzie-Willamette In Springfield Is Among Victims Of Computer Hack

Springfield's McKenzie Willamette is among five hospitals In Washington and Oregon among victims of computer hack

A national hospital chain says suspected Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Community Health Systems is the parent company of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.

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Eugene Celebration
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Queen Professor Bulbous Slimbledore Begins His "Rain"

Queen Professor Bulbous Slimbledore, surrounded by old S.L.U.G. Queens at his coronation.

Eugene’s new S.L.U.G. Queen, Daniel Borson—a.k.a. Queen Professor Bulbous Slimbledore—speaks with Eric Alan about wizardry, environmental education, and the centrality of a downtown celebration. 

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Senior Citizens
4:09 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Lane Community College's Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program is celebrating forty years of connecting with senior citizens  and helping them stay active and engaged.  KLCC's Tripp Sommer speaks with Barbara Susman, director of the Successful Aging Institute and the Senior Companion Program at Lane Community College.  His other guest is Brian Pindell, a Senior Companion Program volunteer.    

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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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Oregon Mining
7:39 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition

North Fork of the Smith River near Hiouchi, CA
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4-thousand-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon. The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances and, they’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.

Barbara Ullian minces no words.

Barbara Ullian: “The best time to stop a mine is before it starts.”

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Transportation
3:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon's Senators: Oil Trains Need New Regulations

From left: Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randall Groves, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tim Butters.
Credit Karen Richards

Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were both in Eugene on Monday. They led a forum on the Department of Transportation's proposed changes to oil train transport.

Bakken shale oil production in the Dakotas has transformed railroad tank car movement across the west. Volumes have increased four thousand percent since 2008, according to the Association of American Railroads. Senator Ron Wyden says rules regarding safety and preparedness have not kept pace:

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Wildfire
11:39 am
Mon August 18, 2014

NW Fire Season Seems To Be Calming Down

Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

Fire season is calming down in the Northwest. Officials have dropped their preparedness level to 4. The region was at level 5 for 31 days-- an all time record.

More than 8 thousand firefighters were battling 21 large fires in Oregon and Washington at the height of this fire season. Linda Hecker is with the Northwest Fire Coordination Center in Portland. She says things are calming down, which has allowed officials to reduce the region's preparedness level.

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Honeybees
6:45 am
Mon August 18, 2014

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Beekeeper George Hansen pulls on a protective suit.
Credit Cassandra Profita / Earthfix

The death and disappearance of  bees is raising questions and concerns from Northwest neighborhoods all the way up to the White House. Some attribute bee declines to the use of certain pesticides – especially after chemicals killed thousands of bees in Oregon. But as EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita explains, researchers are still trying to determine how much of the nation’s bee problem stems from pesticide exposure.

Beekeeper George Hansen just got some good news.

Hansen: “So they’ve made some honey here.”

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Other News
6:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind (#10): Wayne Morse and Courage

Senator Wayne Morse
Credit waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu

I'm Claude Offenbacher, and this is "A Piece of My Mind."

Fifty years ago this month, Democrat Wayne Morse of Oregon took a courageous stand.  He was one of only two Senators to oppose President Johnson's request to use military force in Vietnam.

Senator Morse stood apart from his colleagues on a measure President Johnson said was an essential response to Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.

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