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May 2015 – KLCC Book Review by Connie Bennett:  "Saint Friend” by Carl Adamshick
This is KLCC.  I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Saint Friend” by Carl Adamshick .
It’s not often that I read a book of poetry, cover to cover.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy poetry.  I’m fascinated with the way a poet can distill a concentration of imagery and evoke layers of meaning into such sparse phrases.  But I usually imbibe on one or two poems at a time.

The Center for Community Counseling presents “Stand Up for Mental Health” at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Saturday, May 2nd. Headlining the event will be Dax Jordan, Los Angeles-based comedian who is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and personally familiar with issues of depression. Dax Jordan joins Eric Alan for conversation and comedy.

Oregon Judicial Department

The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday overturned several of the cost-cutting reforms to the Public Employees Retirement System enacted by the 2013 Legislature. It will restore some benefits to retirees and workers, but is also leaves government agencies and school districts facing higher PERS contributions in the near future. It wipes out hundreds of millions of dollars in savings carved out when the Legislature cut cost of living adjustments for retirees and employees.

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The Eugene Kathmandu Sister City Association has been raising money for victims of the Nepal earthquake. The group created a fundraising page but had to remove their tax-deductible gift statement after being contacted by the state department of justice. KLCC's Corinne Boyer reports that's now been fixed.

Wednesday the Register-Guard published a front page story headlined "Secret school emails released." The article outlined the contents of personal emails and text messages between individual Eugene 4-J school board members concerning Superintendent Sheldon Berman. (see statements below)

The documents were accidentally sent to the newspaper by the law firm representing the Eugene school district.

Wendy Baker is Chief Council with the Register Guard. She describes receiving the box of 500 documents. earlier this week.

City of Eugene

A controversial tax exemption program for housing in downtown Eugene has been suspended since 2013. Yesterday (Wednesday), the City Council voted to let the public comment on its amended version of the multi-unit property tax exemption, or MUPTE, program.

Betsy Miller Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, presses the need for more -- and more racially diverse -- school board candidates.  She also offers her views on the Common Core curriculum and Smarter Balanced test.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum stopped by the KLCC studios this week to check in with our listeners. Her conversation with KLCC's Tripp Sommer covers the ongoing federal investigation of John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes as well as the recent resignation of U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall.

Lydia McKinney / Lane County

Work will start soon on safety improvements to the Row River Trail in Cottage Grove. The project started in 2011 after South Lane County School Board Member Michelle Portman was fatally hit by a truck while biking the path.

Portman was the 2nd bicyclist killed where the trail crosses Row River Road.  Lydia McKinney is Lane County Transportation Manager. She says finding grant funding was essential since the county's road fund is lacking.

McKinney: "We were very fortunate to receive a grant from the Federal Lands Access Program."

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Native American activist Suzan Harjo will speak Thursday at Lane Community College. She's director of the Morningstar Institute, and a recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom. She talks with KLCC's Tripp Sommer about efforts to remove native mascots from sports teams.

Suzan Harjo will speak Thursday as part of the 8th Annual Peace Symposium at Lane Community College.

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