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University of Oregon

As the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of gay marriage as soon as Friday, a  University of Oregon researcher found no harmful effects for children of same-sex parents. The study was published in the journal "Social Science Research".

Cannabis Industry Flexes Its New Political Muscle

Jun 25, 2015
Alan Sylvestre / OPB

As the marijuana industry grows around the county, its political clout is growing, too. For members of Congress who are constantly fundraising, the industry offers new, high yield donors. But it also raises questions about the money’s source and what those donors expect in return.

It was a classic political fundraiser -- semi-formal, with chicken, potatoes and salad on the menu.

Three hundred plus donors sipped gin cocktails and Oregon pinots at the Left Bank Annex on Portland's East Side earlier this month.

Rachael McDonald

With near triple-digit temperatures forecast for the weekend in many parts of Oregon, people will seek relief in local rivers and lakes. KLCC's Rachael McDonald asked Lane County Search and Rescue Coordinator Tim Chase for some tips on water safety.

Chase says it's essential to wear a life jacket. He says if you fall in the water, it buys you time.

TONIGHT!  A KLCC Studio Concert and Live Broadcast from the Oregon Bach Festival's Berwick Academy for Historical Performance

Performance begins at 6:30 pm.
Hosted by  Eric Alan (KLCC) and John Steinmetz (OBF).

The Program:

BOCCHERINI    
Flute Quintet in D Major, Op. 17, No. 1
I. Allegro assai
II. Menuetto

Mara Winter, flute
Mai Nguyen, viola
Jimin Shin, Julia Glenn, violins 
Lucien Werner, cello

Karen Richards

A busy season's wrapping up at Hayward Field Thursday through Sunday in Eugene. The USA Track and Field Championships will decide the team for the World Championships in Beijing. The USA Junior Championships determine the athletes under 20 for the Pan Am Games in Toronto. The dual events are poised to provide drama.

 Temperatures are forecast in the high 90's for the weekend, unusual for Hayward Field. As Track Town USA's Vin Lananna says, in 10 years in Eugene he has yet to apologize for the weather:

Oregon Water Resources Department

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared a drought emergency in Sherman County due to a lack of snow pack and low water conditions. This brings the number of Oregon counties under drought emergency to twenty. Last year, only ten counties had the designation.

Gov. Brown says the signs are already apparent in many of Oregon's rivers, streams, fields and yards.

City of Portland

Fireworks go on sale Tuesday in Eugene. The Eugene Police Department is reminding people to keep Fourth of July celebrations safe and legal.

Last year, the Eugene City Council approved two new changes to the city’s fireworks code. Legal ones like spinners, wheels and fountains can be purchased only from retailers between June 23 and July 6 and December 31 through January 1. Any illegal fireworks like bottle rockets, firecrackers and any other types that explode carry a maximum fine of 2,500 dollars.

OR Department of Forestry

Wildfire season started early in Oregon and most of the state is experiencing drought conditions. That’s prompted the Department of Forestry to issue tighter restrictions on outdoor activities.

Open fires and cigarette smoking are just a few of the restrictions prohibited in wooded areas. The tightened measures have been implemented to curb the risk of human caused fires. 

ODF’s Greg Wagenblast says the upcoming heat wave and low humidity will make the wildfire risk even greater.

Peacehealth

Lane County organizations are collaborating on a 2nd county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment. This week, there's a visioning session to gather input on the process.

Doctor Rick Kincade is Director of Community Based Services at Peacehealth in Eugene. He says the first health assessment, completed 2 years ago, found problems related to high rates of tobacco use. Kincade says since then, health providers stepped up smoking cessation efforts. He says they found health disparities based on income and ethnicity.

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