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Storycatchers
6:47 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Working for Social Justice in Eugene

Mark Harris, right, with his family.
Credit Mark Harris

Mark Harris is an addictions counselor and educator at LCC. He sat down
with his parents, Myra and Dr. Hiawatha Harris, to talk about their
family history and their hopes for social justice in Eugene.
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Edited by Evelyn Thorne.

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Pests
8:34 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Stopping The Stink Bug Invasion

Credit Flickr Creative Commons: Armed Forces Pest Management Board

Northwest researchers are teaming up to stop an invasion of stink bugs moving across the region. The bugs, which can smell like dirty gym socks, ruin tree fruit and grape vines. Those crops are vital to Northwest agriculture.

You have to go through three airlocked doors to get to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stink bug research lab.

The quarantined, closet-sized room has it’s own ventilation system. The stink bug colony of about 400 bugs is kept inside an even smaller room within the lab.

Chemist Lee Ream opens the door.

Ream: “So, here’s our colony.”

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Vet's Club
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Autism Rocks the Vet's Club Ballroom

Students with disabilities learn how to make necklaces, through the KindTree-Autism Rocks STiLE program.

Tim Mueller, Secretary/Treasurer of KindTree-Autism Rocks, speaks with Eric Alan about the unique issues the autistic face, why art is frequently such a vital outlet, and the atmosphere of acceptance at this Saturday’s benefit event, The Prom, which will be held at the Vet's Club Ballroom in Eugene.

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Viz City
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Emerald Art Center National Juried Show

Emerald Art Center

Sandy Brown Jensen and Terry Way visit the Annual National Juried Painting Exhibit at Emerald Art Center in Springfield, for today's Viz City.

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Politics & Government
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lane County Commissioners Cancel Large Events At Emerald Meadows Park

Emerald Meadows Park, east of Eugene
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has suspended large events at Emerald Meadows beginning in 2015.  Last summer, neighbors surrounding the park near Mt. Pisgah complained about noise and trash from the Kaleidoscope Music Festival.  A task force of neighbors and promoters agreed to mitigation for this summer’s events, but they could not settle on policies for subsequent years.Tuesday’s vote cancels previously contracted events in 2015, including the Dirty Dash and Faerieworlds.

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Florence Police
4:43 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lane County Sheriff Won't Be Florence Police Chief

Credit theblueline.com

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner has learned he was not chosen to be Chief of Police in Florence.

Florence has had an interim police chief since January, when the former chief retired. They'd hoped to have the position filled by April. City Recorder Kelly Weese says there was a good reason for the delay:

Weese: "We had some great applicants, and I think if anything that made it take a little longer."

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Black Forest
3:19 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Lovebirds Live at KLCC

The Lovebirds: Lindsay White (left) and Veronica May (right).
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The Lovebirds are the San Diego-based duo of Lindsay White and Veronica May, bringing their solid songs and harmonies to original music with elements of pop, folk and beyond. Their latest CD, Breakup Shmakeup, features songs about their journey of parting as a romantic couple in order to better stay a musical one. Before performing live at Black Forest in Eugene on May 13th, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

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Health
2:48 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Mother's Milk Donation Drop Site Opens

Donated breast milk from Lane County is processed by Northwest Mothers Milk Bank of Portland.
Credit Northwest Mothers Milk Bank

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend will now accept donations of breast milk. It's the first hospital-based project of its kind in Lane County. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports how the new milk drop site works.

Midwives and health care practitioners have long known mother's milk is the best food an infant can get. But, sometimes a woman can't produce milk for her new born. That's when other mothers can help.

Registered nurse and lactation consultant Jana Langeliers coordinates the donor milk drop site (at PeaceHealth Medical.)

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May 2014 Primary
8:28 am
Tue May 13, 2014

GMO Battle Divides Jackson County Farmers

Jim and Marilyn Frink farm 500 acres in the Sams Valley area in Jackson County.
Credit Liam Moriarty / JPR

The people with perhaps the most direct economic stake in the fate of Jackson County’s proposed ban on growing genetically modified crops are the county’s farmers. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty visited Rogue Valley farmers who stand on opposite sides of Measure 15-119 to find out how they see it.

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On the Road to Never Ever Land
6:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Furthur Rides Again

Zane Kesey and friends with Furthur.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ voyage across the U.S.—one of the most famous bus trips ever. Zane Kesey and a new crew of pranksters will celebrate in July, with a new trip. Eric Alan has the story, including an interview with Zane Kesey and original Acid Test recordings.

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