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Crime & Law
7:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Man Charged With Murder And Arson In Deaths of Two Men In Creswell House Fire

42-year-old Eugene Whitehall has been booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of murder and arson in the deaths of 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland.
Credit Lane County Sheriff's Office

Murder charges have been filed against 42-year-old Eugene Whitehall, a transient, in the deaths of two men in Creswell.

Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office says the charges come a day after two bodies were found in the rubble from a July 16 house fire in Creswell. The 2-story home was located on a pig farm. The victims were 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland. Both men lived on the property.

Whitehall was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and arson. 

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Program change begins Aug 4
12:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Farewell Tell Me More / Welcome On Point

Tell Me More concludes its seven-year run with a show in front of a live audience at NPR on Friday, August 1.

The show will include the popular Barbershop roundtable, with shopkeeper Jimi Izrael and the rest of the panelists on stage. Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele will join commentator Maria Cardona in Political Chat; and Shmuel Herzfeld, Rabbi of Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue, joins for the Faith Matters conversation. The program will conclude with a live musical performance.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lane County Fair Opens A Five-Day Run

Credit aliedwards.com

The Lane County Fair opens today at the Eugene fairgrounds and runs through Sunday.  It’s all about finding your thrill, your groove, your cuteness, and the goofy in you. We know because the fair’s website, atthefair.com, tells us so.  To learn more about the fair and all the things you’ll find there,  KLCC’S Claude Offenbacher speaks with Assistant Fair Manager Rachel Bivens:

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The New Watershed Arts Foundation

Credit Watershed Arts Foundation

Sandy Jensen talks with Amy Isler Gibson, executive director of the new Watershed Arts Foundation. 

web link:  watershedartsfoundation.org

Disasters & Accidents
7:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Springfield Mill Employees Begin To Consider Employment Options

Credit Angela Kellner

Management at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill began meeting individually with its employees Tuesday.  The mill burned down last week, putting 250 people out of work.  The owners are offering two possible employment alternatives at mills in Roseburg and Glendale.

Chuck Wert is the chief operating officer of Swanson Group, which owns the mill.

Wert: "As I understand it we spoke with around 60 employees today and about 40 of them that say they are interested in looking at the other job opportunities we have for them in Roseburg and Glendale."

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Crime & Law
7:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Bodies Discovered After Creswell House Fire

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

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Other News
5:03 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Lane County's First Dragon Boat Race A Boon For Veterans

Charlie Deitz

Dexter Lake was the site of Lane County's first ever Dragon Boat race on Saturday. The event was aimed at helping disabled veterans.

Standing under a gazebo by the western shore of Dexter Lake, teams of 15 to 20 people chant and pump each other up for the upcoming race. More than 200 people, or a dozen teams showed up to compete this weekend. Erin Zysett, the Board President of the Emerald City Dragon Boat Club, tries to manage the logistics of making sure which team is racing and when.

Zysett: "It's organized chaos but it's a lot of fun."

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City Of Eugene
12:39 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Eugene City Council Gets An Earful Of Comments On Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance

Most of the supporters included minorities, women, and labor advocates. The majority of the opposition came from business owners and commerce representatives.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

An overwhelming number of people attended the Eugene City Council's public comment hearing Monday night. Citizens packed Harris Hall to voice their concerns, support, or opposition to the proposed sick leave ordinance.

About 60 people commented on the proposed sick leave ordinance. Lindy Moore heads the Emerald Executive Association and opposes the ordinance.

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Ashland Review
12:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ashland Review: Water By The Spoonful

Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

REVIEW OF WATER BY THE SPOONFUL

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 22, 2014

“Water by the Spoonful,” by Quiara Alegria Hudes, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre, it’s an excellent choice for the intimate space.

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Economy
7:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up

Mill fire in Springfield.
Credit Angela Kellner

The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.

But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.

Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.  But he calls the unemployment numbers for June…

Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."

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