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Jeanne Atkins has served two months as Oregon’s 25th secretary of state.  She’s completing Kate Brown’s term; Brown is now Oregon’s governor. Atkins speaks about her selection, her priorities, and why she won’t be a candidate for a full term in 2016.

Photo by Eric Alan

Fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to the Shedd in Eugene on Friday evening, May 8th, for a trio performance with Christopher Lewis on guitar and Mike Block on cello, who’s performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bobby McFerrin and Mark O’Connor. Hanneke Cassel’s trio merges Scottish style instrumentals with influences from the American to the Chinese, and a Chinese saying provides the title to their latest release, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes. They performed live in the KLCC studios.

USGS

Eugene Water and Electric Board is suing the firm that designed and engineered a roll-gate lifting system on the Leaburg Dam. Two of the three gates have failed.

Obama Talks Trade Deal at Nike

May 8, 2015
Associated Press

President Barack Obama was at Nike's campus near Beaverton Friday, pitching the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
 

The president said a progressive, high-standard trade agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would open new markets and support high-quality jobs. He used Nike factories across the world as an example

An interview with Geshe Thupten Jinpa Langri, creator of the Compassion Cultivation Training program at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, director of the Mind and Life Institute, and the translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His talk,“Fearlessness and Compassion: Cultivating the Courage to Transform the World,” will be at Lane Community College on Sunday, May 10th.

Lane County Jail

A British man is being held on $1.5-million bail at the Lane County Jail for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in Eugene after meeting her online.

22-year-old Gareth Hall of Wales was arrested May 2nd at Chicago O'Hare International Airport when he tried to reenter the United States. A warrant had been issued for his arrest after Eugene Police investigated a trip the man made to Eugene in mid-April.

Eugene Police detective Jed McGuire said Hall had been communicating with a 10-year-old girl in Eugene for several months online before travelling to Oregon to meet her.

Karen Richards

Soccer has been growing in the United States for years, and the number of professional teams is exploding. Fans in Eugene and Springfield are beneficiaries of the expansion. The Lane United Football Club begins its second season Friday.

Lane United is a semi-professional team. Most of the athletes are current top-tier college players. This year, there’s also a group of club players from Spain. Spokesman Chris Burke says the mix makes for a quality game:

Senator Floyd Prozanski

The Oregon legislature may extend its statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault to 12 years. That bill is expected to get a public hearing in the next 2 weeks in Salem.

Last month, the state house voted to double the statute of limitations for people to report sexual assault. The bill is now in the Senate Judiciary committee, which is chaired by Democratic Senator Floyd Prozanksi. He says the statute of limitations is currently at 6 years.

Rachael McDonald

As the weather warms up in the Pacific Northwest, more people are riding their bicycles. But in bike-friendly college towns like Eugene and Corvallis, bike theft also increases during the spring and summer.

It's a story many people who commute by bicycle know well. Eugene resident Aaron Brussat had locked his bike outside of Falling Sky Home Fermentation Supply Shop, where he worked.

Photo by Scott Eason

Author Diana Abu-Jaber is the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Northwest Women’s Writers Symposium, with its theme of “Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience.” She speaks with Eric Alan before her talk on Thursday, May 7th at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. The symposium runs from Thursday, May 7th through Saturday, May 9th, sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society.

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