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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Eugene's Multi Unit Property Tax Exemption ballot initiative debate

The Unsettled Future of Eugene’s Multiple Unit Property Tax Exemption: A Debate

The City of Eugene’s controversial multiple unit property tax exemption (MUPTE) program has been under a lot of scrutiny in recent years.

The City of Eugene has used MUPTE to enable re-development of     underutilized areas in our downtown. Now, neighborhood activist Paul Conte has produced a ballot initiative that would repeal this program.  So we ask the question: Should we retain MUPTE as a tool to enable downtown re-development, or should we eliminate it?

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Transportation
2:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Eugene Flights Uninterrupted By LAX Shooting

Credit Eugene Airport

At this point, flights in and out of Eugene have not been affected by the shootings at Los Angeles International Airport. Cathryn Stephens is with the Eugene Airport. She recommends travelers check with their airlines for current information. They can also look at the airport's home page:

Stephens: "On our website we have a live stream of our flights from the FAA. And you can go in and take a look and see if your flight is on time, delayed, or canceled."

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Energy Assistance
12:47 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Money Available to Help With Utilities

People who anticipate needing help paying their utility bills this winter can sign up now for the Low Income Energy Assistance or LIHEAP program.  The program is available to people who are at or below 60 percent of Oregon’s median income. That’s around $18-hundred a month for a single person.

Jason Davis is spokesman for Lane County Health and Human Services. He says the waiting list fills up fast.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
10:35 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game

Rufus Wainwright

While in Eugene for a performance at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Rufus Wainwright joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music from his new CD Out of the Game, as well as for conversation about the songs, how opera saved him, and the necessity of taking time to stare at Oregon trees. We present two versions here: an edited interview interspersed with music from Out of the Game, and an extended interview-only version, in which Rufus discusses his tributes to Judy Garland and Kate McGarrigle, and life in his complex musical family.

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Cover Oregon
9:17 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cover Oregon Website Still Isn't Fully Functional

The Cover Oregon Home page.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Oregon's health insurance exchange did not meet its goal of allowing online enrollment by the end of October. Officials at Cover Oregon announced Thursday they'll begin processing applications by hand. They say they've received more than 7,000 applications so far.

At an information session this week in Springfield, Kate Wheeler, coordinator of White Bird's "Cover Oregon" education program, explained the situation to about 12 participants.

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Social Host Ordinance
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Security Guards At Private Parties Might Not Be Worth It

U of O students, fraternities and sororities throw parties in the West and South University neighborhoods.
Credit Jes Burns

The Social Host Ordinance (or Unruly Gathering Ordinance) has been on the books in Eugene for almost six months. It allows police to give extra penalties to out-of-control party hosts. But, some partiers have come up with a new strategy to keep the cops away.

Eugene police.

“As an adult, if I had a party at my house, I wouldn’t let one stranger into my door.”

And young party-goers.

“We have a huge basement. We love having a DJ down there, we love having a ton of people”

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Public Assistance
7:32 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

800,000 Oregonians To See Reduction in Food Assistance

Beginning Friday, more than 800,000 Oregonians receiving SNAP, or food benefits, will see a reduction in their monthly stipend.  The change is the result of an expiring federal stimulus program put in place during the recession.  

How much food can you buy with ten dollars?  A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a bag of carrots, a couple apples, maybe some off-brand pretzels… not much more.  But it enough to provide a person a meal a day for about a week.  

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University of Oregon
1:21 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Audit Finds Overpayments At UO Research Unit

Credit Jes Burns

Secretary of State Kate Brown says a University of Oregon research department manipulated payroll in order to avoid mandatory furloughs and salary freezes imposed by the governor.

U of O officials asked the Secretary of State to audit the Institute of Neuroscience after an internal review flagged problems. In 2009, the governor imposed across the board furloughs and pay freezes for all state employees in response to the economic crisis. Tony Green is with the Secretary of State's office.

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Tea Time Productions
12:52 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Grrrlz Rock Festival Celebrates Women and Girls in Music and the Arts

Matrisha Armitage (right), organizer of Grrrlz Rock and member of the band Bajuana Tea.

The 8th Annual Grrrlz Rock Music and Arts Festival celebrates women and girls in music and the arts, with events throughout November in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Organizer Matrisha Armitage speaks with Eric Alan about the growing festival, and the challenges women face in balancing diverse lives with their participation in music.

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Public Safety
11:31 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Curry County Asks Voters To Help Fund Sheriff's Patrols

Curry County Courthouse.
Credit Curry County

Voters in Curry County are considering a Public Safety Levy on the November 5th ballot which would help pay for rural sheriff patrols and the jail. There hasn't been much public effort to get out the vote.
 

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