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1:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Local Food Ordinance One Step Closer to Lane County Ballot

Local produce at the Lane County Farmers Market.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A group called "Support Local Food Rights" is one step closer to placing a measure on the November 2014 ballot in Lane County. Their initiative would restrict Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, from being planted in the county.

The group's original ballot measure for its "Local Food System Ordinance" was rejected by the County Clerk because it addressed more than one subject.
Kneeland: "We're very excited that we've worked in cooperation with the county to submit an initiative that has been approved for the single subject rule."

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Business
1:07 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Extrusion Maker Will Expand to Coburg

APEL manufactures aluminum extrusions.
Credit APEL Extrusions.

Lane County has given a Canadian company a check for 100-thousand dollars as an incentive to expand to Coburg.

APEL manufactures aluminum extrusions in Springfield. It was looking to expand. Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken says the company was considering going to Arizona. The Board voted unanimously to offer APEL an incentive to re-locate to Coburg.

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Oregon Special Session
7:03 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Special Session Bills Finally On The Move

The five bills on the agenda for Oregon's special legislative session are finally on the move. Nearly two full days after lawmakers arrived in Salem, a legislative panel voted Tuesday evening to advance the measures out to the floor. The full legislature could vote on them Wednesday.

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Federal Shutdown
6:45 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Representative DeFazio Blasts Republicans Over Federal Shutdown

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is blasting Republicans in the US House for forcing a government shutdown. 

But in a speech on the House floor Tuesday, the Democrat said he's even more concerned Republicans, with the support of wealthy contributors, are threatening to block an increase in debt ceiling.  

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Homelessness
1:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Project Homeless Connect In Newport Friday

Participants peruse the services at the 2012 Project Homeless Connect in Newport
Credit Project Homeless Connect

More than 200 people are expected to show up at the Project Homeless Connect in Newport this Friday.

It can be difficult for homeless people to get around the community to access services. Project Homeless Connect brings providers under one roof. Haircuts, dental care, clothing and help signing up for health care or benefits are a few of the offerings.

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Government Shutdown
12:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Govt Shutdown Won't Have Immediate Affect in Lane County

The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

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Affordable Care Act
11:53 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange Hits Glitches

Credit Cover Oregon

Oregon's new health insurance marketplace-- part of the Affordable Care Act-- has run into some glitches on its launch day. Cover Oregon's online system is not functioning properly.

Cover Oregon is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids. The problem is expected to be fixed in a couple of weeks. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services says it's possible to get health coverage, just not through the website.

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Drivers Licences
7:34 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Controversy Continues Over Granting Driver's Licenses to Undocumented in Oregon

Members of Oregonians for Immigration Reform collect ballot signatures at a Milwaukie parking lot.
Credit Oregonians for Immigration Reform.

Next to immigration reform, Latino advocates in Oregon say the second most important issue in their community is undocumented immigrants being allowed to drive legally. Currently they can't, but a new state law—set to take effect in January—would allow it. A group that aims to stop the law from taking hold and refer the question to voters, faces a deadline this Friday.

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UO President Gottfredson at KLCC
12:24 am
Tue October 1, 2013

KLCC joins OPB's Think Out Loud for special simulcast

UO President Michael Gottfredson

On Tuesday October 1 at noon, KLCC will join Oregon Public Broadcasting for a special simulcast broadcast of Think Out Loud.  University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson will be in the KLCC studios live to talk about challenges facing the University and higher education today. 

We’ll have the latest news on the special session in Salem.  Plus UO professor Yong Zhao, who thinks K to 12 schools need to change, will be on the show. 

OPB’s Think Out Loud, live on KLCC, this Tuesday at noon.
   

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Oregon Coast Jazz Party
1:37 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

10th Annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party

Over the course of the past decade, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party has grown to gather a wide array of national and regional talent in a context of performance, education and celebration. The 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party will be held October 4th-6th in Newport. Eric Alan speaks with Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Jazz Party's presenting sponsor.

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