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Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Lane County

Eric Gates and Jose Soto lean in for a kiss during their marriage ceremony outside the Lane County Building in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

Same-sex couples in Lane County took advantage of a federal ruling Monday legalizing gay marriage in the state.

KLCC’s Jes Burns reports from the county building in downtown Eugene, where Dozens of same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses.  

Supporters handed out bouquets of flowers to the excited couples, many of whom left work early to go to the County Clerk’s Office.

“It’s lunch hour.”

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows have been together for 11 years. Bellows was anxiously watching for the ruling.

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Crime & Law
3:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Get Hitched in Eugene

Barb Bellows and Pam Irwin lined up to get a marriage license in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

Dozens of same-sex couples lined up at the Lane County Building in Eugene to apply for marriage licenses Monday afternoon.  Many left work early after a federal judge ruled at noon that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows rushed over to clerk’s office on their lunch break.  

Bellows: “I’d been sitting on the internet, refreshing, waiting for the judgment to come down from the judge.  It was what?  12:03, 12:04?  She sent out an email saying ‘I do.’”  

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WOW Hall
3:25 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ben Sollee Live at KLCC

Ben Sollee at KLCC
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Kentucky native Ben Sollee has uniquely combined cello and songwriting, in his eclectic career. After his 2012 release Half-Made Man, he’s also produced the limited-edition release The Hollow Sessions, is the featured cellist in a forthcoming movie with John Travolta and Robert DeNiro, wrote a score for the documentary film Maidentrip, performed on two other motion picture soundtracks and two ballet performances, taught workshops and more.

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Social Justice
12:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Federal Judge In Oregon Rules In Favor Of Gay Marriage

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside a federal courthouse in Eugene prior to a hearing in the case.
Credit Chris Lehman

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in Oregon. A federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling clears the way for weddings to begin immediately. Same-sex couples lined up this morning outside the Multnomah County marriage license office anticipating a ruling in their favor. Gay rights advocates say couples plan to get married throughout the afternoon and evening in Portland and Eugene.

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May 2014 Primary
11:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Primary Election Turnout Sluggish So Far

The deadline to vote in Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday. Voters have until 8 p.m. to drop off their ballots at official county drop sites. Statewide turn-out so far is just under 20 percent.

As of Monday morning, just over 41 thousand Lane County voters had cast their ballots. Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says that’s about 20 percent of registered voters.

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City Club of Eugene
8:43 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Update On Lane Metro

Recorded on: May 16th, 2014
Air Date: May 19th, 2014

City Club members and guests will hear about the future of economic development in Lane County with one of the most experienced experts on the subject on May 16. State Representative John Lively will discuss the history and the future of the Lane Metro Partnership. He will relate some success stories and provide an update on the group’s status.

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Eugene YMCA
7:35 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Eugene YMCA Looks to Expand to Bethel

Dave Perez, Executive Director of Eugene YMCA, spoke with Tiffany Eckert in the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

The Eugene YMCA is planning to expand. The idea is to have two YMCA facilities-- a new larger property at the current Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene, and another in Bethel. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert gets an update on the Y's expansion plans from Executive Director Dave Perez.

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Transportation
7:26 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Click-It Or Ticket Campaign Begins Monday

A statewide campaign to focus on drivers wearing seatbelts and minors in open-bed pickup trucks kicks off Monday.

Oregon's "Click-it or Ticket" campaign continues through June 1st. Drivers should notice more traffic officers on the road. The campaign provides *federal funding for overtime allowing officers to join together and offer high-visibility enforcement. Public Information Coordinator John Hankemeier says the goal is not just to give people tickets, but to create awareness.

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University of Oregon Athletics
7:32 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Number 1 Seeded Ducks Advance To Softball Super Regional

Credit GoDucks.com

The #1 ranked University of Oregon softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regions with a win Sunday over Wisconsin.  The Ducks won 6-0 in the Regional tournament final in Eugene. 

Now Oregon advances to the next round of the post season, which begins at 7pm Saturday at Howe Field on the University of Oregon campus.  They'll take on #16 ranked Minnesota.

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Education
12:40 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Eugene Student Represents Oregon In The National Geographic Bee In Washington, DC

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.
Credit Kari Parsons

Most everyone has heard of the National Spelling Bee.  But there’s another national student competition that tests knowledge of the world we live in – specifically the geography. The National Geographic Bee begins on Monday in Washington, DC.  After regional and state competitions, each state selects a 5th to 8th grader who will test their knowledge against the country’s best.  This year, Oregon’s representative is from Eugene.  

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.   KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Tor and his father Craig about the coming competition.  
 

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