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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden defended Oregon’s interreligious community during a forum with Eugene religious leaders Thursday morning. 

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The first round of student loan repayments have been awarded, in a program designed to boost the number of health care providers in underserved and rural communities in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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As part of the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene audiences will be treated to the world premiere of “The Passion of Yeshua” on Sunday.

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It’s not just smoke from fireworks that clears up on the Fifth of July.  It’s also grass pollen, giving allergy sufferers across the Willamette Valley greater independence from sneezing fits and watery eyes. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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Last summer, wildfires brought unprecedented smoke to Eugene and other Oregon cities. High particulate levels caused cancellations of outdoor events, and people became fluent in air quality numbers.

 

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The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and Eugene Police Department are reminding residents that while fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, they can be bothersome and they pose an extreme fire hazard.

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Eugene's Kesey Square will be filled with the sound of brass this Friday as local music group Power of Tower plays for the July 6 First Friday ArtWalk.

The band’s name is an inversion of popular funk-rock group Tower of Power, and is a tribute band comprised of local Pacific Northwest musicians.

The Lane Arts Council is featuring the group to continue the City of Eugene’s initiative of bringing public music to the community to energize downtown.

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July 4 is the deadliest holiday for Oregon drivers, according to a release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

From 2013 to 2017 39 people died from independence day travel, and 62 percent of these crashes involved alcohol.

Shelley Snow from ODOT says that the statewide “No Excuses” campaign is emphasizing attentive driving over the holiday:

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Today were going to look at that age old question. Which came first- The chicken or the rat?

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It's wildfire season in Oregon, and a class of new wildland firefighters is ready to help. About 200 students from all over western Oregon trained in Sweet Home last week, studying fire behavior and learning to use tools and equipment. The 22nd annual Mid-Willamette Interagency Fire School culminated with a live exercise off Highway 20.

 


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Two places in Oregon are expected to be major areas of economic growth, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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Oregon is experiencing continued job growth and record low unemployment. However, as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there’s challenges ahead.

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A mobile crisis counseling service is making itself available to more area high schools this fall. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden vows to protect women's reproductive rights in light of the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. He spoke Monday at a Planned Parenthood news conference in Eugene.

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In the summer of 1926, several thousand performers gathered at Hayward Field for the world premiere performance of “Klatawa: A Pageant of Transportation.” The occasion of Klatawa — from the Chinook word for “to travel” or “to go” — was the joining of eastern and western Oregon with a southern Pacific rail line between Klamath Falls and Eugene. A year later, the last of Eugene’s trolley-cars ceased running. About this time, the Ford Motor Company replaced its Model T with the Model A, the best-selling car of its time.

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With conditions becoming drier and warmer, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared fire restrictions are now in effect for the West Lane District.  While industrial operators have had some restrictions imposed on them since June 21, the public has remained unrestricted until now.

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Rally-goers took to Eugene’s federal courthouse steps Saturday as part of nationwide families belong together rallies.

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The Oregon Bach Festival began Friday in Eugene. The nearly 50 year old event attracts artists and fans from around the world.

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Health care professionals representing all major labor unions at PeaceHealth RiverBend and University District hospitals rallied Thursday to stop a plan to outsource physician services, increase shift hours, and lay off staff. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert asked one of the hospital physicians to explain the current dispute.

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Hundreds of health care professionals rallied outside PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospital in Springfield Thursday.

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If all 180 square feet of her home could be covered in purple, Alice Gentry would be thrilled. But the tiny home isn’t just for her. Her dog Sissy is there too.

Eugene’s Emerald village tiny house community is holding an open house for newly finished homes Friday.

In March Gentry moved into Emerald Village, a community of 22 tiny homes ranging from 160-300 square feet in Northwest Eugene. The village will commemorate the completion of 14 of their 22 homes at the open house.

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Illegal Fireworks Amnesty Day takes place July 1 and will allow residents to get rid of illegal fireworks without being cited by law enforcement.

Fireworks went on sale June 23 and consumers are only allowed to use them in Eugene city limits July 3 and 4 and the two days over new years. The base fine for possession of illegal fireworks is $250.

Fire Marshall Amy Linder says that illegal fireworks are a safety and noise concern.

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This story was produced in partnership with the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute.

President Donald Trump’s travel ban was upheld in the Supreme Court Tuesday on a 5-4 decision. Those at the University of Oregon are adapting to life under the ban, but universities may hold the key to helping those seeking refuge.

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Good news for Oregon’s hop growers.  The Senate version of the Farm Bill – which passed today – includes an amendment allowing the USDA to tackle several plant diseases that affects hop crops. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden helped craft the provision.

Public sector unions can no longer require non-union workers to pay dues or fees. KLCC got a local perspective on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision.

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This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review Program. This summer I’m reporting to you from Europe. Right now, I’m in Provence in the South of France asking myself, “What have the Roman’s done for us lately?”

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The Better Business Bureau is warning Eugene-area residents to watch for a scam loan operation. KLCC’s Brian Bull talks to a local man who was nearly bilked by the perpetrators.

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KING-PONG interactive art events, sponsored by Eugene Tech, will be a happening at Kesey Square from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on the last Tuesdays of June, July, August and September (June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25th.)

Local artists and musicians will incorporate STEM education activities with digital music and video entertainment to create a larger than life-sized electronic PONG tournament using GIANT controllers, projected on a 20 foot screen.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to abandon its contract to rent municipal county jail beds to immigration and customs enforcement. 

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Around two dozen protestors met atop the steps of Springfield City Hall today to protest a contract the Springfield Police Department has with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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