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Track and Field
10:46 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Eugene Loses Bid For World Championships

Credit oregon14.com

Today (Tuesday), Doha Qatar was chosen over Eugene and Barcelona to host the 2019 World Track and Field Championships.

It took two rounds of voting for the 27 member IAAF council to reach a decision. After Barcelona was eliminated, Doha received 15 votes and Eugene, 12. Vin Lananna, President of Track Town USA, spoke from Monaco, where the announcement was made:

Lananna: “We appreciate all of the collaboration, the excitement, the encouragement, and having the guts to step forward and take it on the world stage.”

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Food Waste
7:28 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Curbside Composting: No One Said It Would Be Easy

awrence Klein, facility manager of the Seattle-based composting company Cedar Grove, walks past rows of maturing compost. Plastic and metal in the food waste adds to the cost of turning waste into compost for yards and gardens.
Credit Katie Campbell / Earthfix

Portland and Seattle are working to reduce the environmental impacts of food waste by offering curbside composting. But no one said it would be easy. We’ve been taking a look this week at the challenges and opportunities of wasted food.  Cassandra Profita from our EarthFix team looks at what two Northwest cities are doing to get people to put the right things in the compost bin.

Paul Kelly was assigned a new task this year. He's standing in a lake of purple liquid, picking through a pile of rotting food with a pitchfork.

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Sea Stars
6:34 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Scientists Find Out What’s Killing West Coast Starfish

Credit Taylor White / Earthfix

A new report published Monday identifies the culprit behind the mysterious disease that’s been killing millions of West Coast starfish.

After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease. They say it’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms.They’ve dubbed it “sea star associated denso virus.” Oddly enough, West Coast starfish have been living with the virus for decades.

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Transportation
11:57 am
Mon November 17, 2014

LTD Postpones EmX Construction

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Lane Transit District is putting off its major road construction work for the new West Eugene rapid transit line until the spring.

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Homeless
11:53 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lane County Offers Site For Eugene's Third 'Rest Stop'

Eugene has 2 'rest stops' that provide a temporary place for homeless people to live.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County has offered a site for a temporary rest stop for people who are homeless and have mental and physical disabilities. The Eugene City Council must approve the site before it can be established.

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Food Waste
6:54 am
Mon November 17, 2014

How Northwest Cities Are Reducing The Impacts Of Food Waste

In the U.S., we waste about 40 percent of all of the food we produce. A lot of that food winds up rotting in landfills and releasing air pollution. But many cities are trying to turn it into something more valuable and less harmful to the environment. EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita kicks off our series of reports this week on food waste by exploring the virtues of curbside composting:

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Poverty
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Impoverished Children Starts With Parents

Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Credit Bridge Meadows

Helping children in poverty needs to start with their parents. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There are approximately 126 thousand Oregon children under age 8 living below the poverty line. Most of their parents don't have a higher education degree and many don't have year round work. Children First for Oregon Spokeswoman Tonia Hunt says the State needs to work on ways to improve the family budget.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

David Sedaris Waxes Poetic About Optimism, the Mekong Delta, and Haircuts in Eugene

David Sedaris
Credit Photo by Hugh Hamrick

Humorist David Sedaris speaks with Eric Alan about such varied topics as the differences in optimism between the British and Americans, his judgments about a tour guide in the Mekong Delta, and why Eugene is such a great place to get a haircut. David Sedaris appears at the Hult Center on November 20th, touring behind his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

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Crime & Law
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Achieving Equity in Law Enforcement

Recorded on: November 14, 2014

Air date: November 17, 2014

Achieving Equity in Law Enforcement

Guest Speakers: Pete Kerns, Chief, Eugene Police Department; Tim Doney, Chief, Springfield Police Department; Carolyn McDermed, Chief, University of Oregon Police Department; Tom Turner, Lane County Sheriff; and Lang Hinkle, Master Sergeant, Oregon State Police

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Agriculture
9:14 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oregon Looking For Ways To Increase Aquaculture Production

Aquaculture in Oregon
Credit seagrant.oregonstate.edu

Roughly 90% of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported. Half of that is farmed fish, a practice known as aquaculture farming. Compared to neighboring Washington, California, and Idaho, Oregon produces less than 6% of the total value of aquaculture products.  Jerry Gardner is a Business Developer for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He says increasing aquaculture production could be an economic boost for the state.

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