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Education
4:33 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Edgewood Elementary in Eugene is State Champion in Oregon Battle of the Books

OBOB's new state champions from Edgewood Elementary in Eugene are Kelsey Bouse (3rd grade), Michael Ahn (5th), Katelyn Bouse (5th), Sam Collier (5th), Jose Santiago (5th) and Co-coaches (volunteers) Bree Bouse & Kristin Collier.
Bree Bouse

Edgewood Elementary School in South Eugene is the new state champion for the Oregon Battle of the Books, or OBOB. The team includes two sisters, and their mom is one of the coaches. This is only the third year the reading club has been at Edgewood and the first time they’ve been to state finals.

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Politics & Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects

Catholic Community Services' McKenzie Transitions Program received $575,836 from HUD for homeless projects.
Credit Catholic Community Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to support homeless projects in Oregon. The money will be spread across 118 programs this year. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to one of the agencies providing critical housing and services to families in Lane County.

Catholic Community Services in Eugene is a basic needs provider. They sponsor McKenzie Transitions, which helps people take long term steps to move out of poverty. Tom Mulhern is Executive Director. He describes what the nearly $600,000 in HUD funding will do.  

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Lane County
11:48 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Lane County To Consider Resisting National Defense Authorization Act

Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich has concerns about the constitutionality of provision of the NDAA.
Credit Lane County

This week, the Board of Lane County Commissioners could vote to refuse to cooperate with a federal law. The board Tuesday will hold a public hearing and discussion of concerns about renewing the National Defense Authorization Act.

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City Club of Eugene
10:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Building Equity And Inclusion At The UO And Beyond

Meeting Date: Friday April 11, 2014

Air Date: Monday April 14, 2014

Diversity is central to the academic mission of the university. The meaning of diversity and how to makes it meaningful in the lives of UO students, faculty, and staff are the focus of the presentation by Alex-Assensoh. The UO has long been known as a place where talent is identified and nurtured. Programs and policies instituted by the Equity and Inclusion office are designed to create a more welcoming environment for all members of the community.

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Oregon coast
3:40 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Public Input Sought For Marine Reserves

Credit Oregon Ocean Information

The Oregon legislature recently designated two areas along the coast as marine reserves. The state hopes to involve the public in the new sites.

Cape Perpetua north of Florence and Cascade Head near Lincoln City join two marine reserves already protected by a 2012 law. In 2016, Cape Falcon near Cannon Beach will round out the coastal sites.

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Social Justice
12:41 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Report: Racial Minorities Biggest Targets Of Bias-Based Crimes In Eugene

Several bias-based crimes and incidents occurred in downtown Eugene in 2013.
Credit Jes Burns

This month, the City of Eugene’s Human Rights Office, in conjunction with the Eugene Police Department, released a report documenting bias-based incidents and criminal activity in our Community.  It found there were 55 incidents reported in 2013 – ranging from acts of physical violence to vandalism targeting people based on race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and religion.

KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Michael Kinnison, manager of the Eugene Equity and Human Rights Office.

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Natural Disaster
11:19 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Highway 530 Closure Has Deep Impacts On Community

It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed. That’s the main thoroughfare there. For Darrington residents, not having that road is a big problem. Mayor Dan Rankin says his town is kind of a disaster within a disaster.

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Underage Party
11:10 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Police Use Social Media To Try And Stop Party

Credit Marion County Sheriff's Department

The Marion County Sheriff's Department tapped into social media to extinguish a party before it started. Early Friday, the sheriff's office says it began receiving tips from community partners about a large party set to take place somewhere in Marion County. Police say the party was organized via Twitter using the trend #Project NAT. The Sheriff's office tried to prevent the party from happening by broadcasting information and contacting the organizer. Around 9:30 PM, police located the party near Packsaddle Park with a stage, bonfire, and alcoholic beverages.

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Housing
11:01 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Foreclosure Filings Spike In March

Home foreclosure filings in Oregon spiked last month. Four hundred and seventy four court foreclosures were filed in March compared to 295 in February. According to John Helmick, CEO of Gorilla Capitol, the increase was anticipated.

Helmick: "These are homes that have gone through the required mandatory mediation process, and so now they are able to file the foreclosures because under the new statute you have to go thought this mediation process before you can file the foreclosure."

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Labor and Industries
3:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Redmond Based Concrete Company Faces Penalties For Failing To Pay Workers Correct Wages

A Redmond-based concrete company has been barred from any public works contracts for the next three years. The company failed to pay a group of employees a prevailing wage. 

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