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As of Saturday, more than 2,000 people had signed an online petition to keep the South Eugene High School mascot, the Axemen.

This is KLCC. I’m Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “The Book of Joan” by Lidia Yuknavitch.

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Two civic awards were given out during tonight’s State of the City event in Eugene.

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Among the topics touched on by Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis tonight  in her State of the City Address, was housing.

Vinis said she and the city committed to more shelter options for the homeless, including the expansion of the Dusk to Dawn and Rest Stop programs.

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Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis gave her State of the City address tonight, following her first full year in office. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a fair portion of her speech exemplified the political differences between her administration and that in Washington D.C.

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A new report from Oregon’s Transportation Department says the state’s bridges and tunnels are largely in fair shape….though it’s sort of downhill from there.

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State transportation crews in Oregon are now readying bridges, tunnels, and other infrastructure for a potentially powerful Cascadian earthquake. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Oregon’s pig ranchers and veterinarians are on alert for what’s called Seneca Valley Virus.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the ailment mimics a far worse disease.

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Beginning January 1st, drivers are allowed to black out addresses on their registration card and proof of insurance.

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The New Year means new laws for Oregon drivers. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on one that affects motorists caught in collisions.

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As the end of the calendar year nears, people are making donations to their favorite charities and causes. Among those hoping for generous support is a statewide service that uses volunteers for emergency response services in rural areas.

Willamette National Forest

Last week, a rockslide shut off access to a popular hot spring in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. There’s no timeline for when the road will re-open.

Coquille Indian Tribe

A major piece of legislation championed by Congressman Peter DeFazio has cleared both houses of Congress, that – if enacted - will benefit three Native American tribes in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Congressman Peter DeFazio

As 2017 winds down, KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Oregon’s 4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio. She started by asking him about the G-O-P tax bill which President Donald Trump signed last week. DeFazio calls the bill partisan revenge against Democratic states like Oregon.

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Yesterday, we started our two-part series on healthy eating while pinching pennies.  We covered grocery lists, planning, and the various forms of produce. Today, KLCC’s Brian Bull and shopper Julia Baca of Eugene continue their low-budget adventure with a stop at the bulk section.

Oregon Horse Rescue

The founders of a non-profit horse rescue organization near Eugene recently sent a plea to the public for help. They say they will be forced to close their stable doors without donor support for abandoned, abused and neglected horses.

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Two common New Year’s resolutions are eating healthier, and saving money. But these goals can often conflict, given the varying cost of fruit, vegetables, and meat. In the first of a two-part series, KLCC’s Brian Bull shares some tips from the experts on how Oregonians can dine well…without starving their wallets.

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The Douglas County Library in Roseburg has been closed since June first. But an agreement between the city and county is expected to help restore library services in Roseburg.

Lane Transit District

Three months after launching the new EmX bus line in west Eugene, Lane Transit District reports initial numbers for ridership and route connections are  “right on track.”

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Dianne Story Cunningham at the New Zone Gallery 

Viz City's Sandy Brown Jensen interviewed Dianne Story Cunningham of New Zone Gallery

Greg Walden is the only Republican member of Congress from Oregon. But he is now arguably this Democratic state’s most powerful figure in Washington. And in the tumultuous first year of the Trump presidency, he’s sticking closely to his party.

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The last week of December finds many people and families on break, contending with cabin fever. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation officials say it’s high time to go to the coast and watch the annual gray whale migration. 

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Officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season will open January 15th.

Willamette National Forest

Access to Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) on the Willamette National Forest outside of Springfield remains closed following a large landslide that occurred overnight Wednesday.

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The City of Eugene has just completed a new trail in one of its most visible parks, Skinner Butte.

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For the first time since 2011, Lane County is tops for waste recovery in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

From Eugene YMCA Facebook

A capital campaign to raise $26 million towards a brand new YMCA facility in Eugene has just gotten a hefty boost.

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With overnight temperatures forecast in the 20s tonight, the Egan Warming Centers will open  to offer a warm place for people who are homeless in Eugene and Springfield.

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Santa and a big turkey were on hand today  in Springfield to help feed struggling families.  It’s St. Vincent de Paul’s annual holiday food box giveaway. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Oregon State University will now require all its students age 25 or younger to get a vaccine against meningococcal disease by February 15th.

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