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POW's
10:47 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Returns To U.S.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit oregonlive.com

A soldier believed to be the only remaining prisoner of the Afghan war is on his way home.

U.S. officials Saturday morning said Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released to special operations forces by a Taliban group in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.

Boise State Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders reports Bergdahl was captured in 2009.

Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl has spent most of his 20s held captive by Afghan militants.

Now at 28 years old, Bergdahl is being freed one month shy of the fifth anniversary of his capture.

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Track and Field
5:43 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Eugene's Prefontaine Classic Celebrates 40 Years With Two American Records

The crowd of 13,000 enjoyed a beautiful day for track and field at the Prefontaine Classic.
Credit Jes Burns

One of the most storied professional track and field meets in the world turned 40 this weekend.  The best US and international athletes traveled to Eugene for the Prefontaine Classic.

Two American records fell at the 2014 Pre.  Shannon Rowbury set the record in the 2 mile distance.  And to the joy of his former home crowd, Galen Rupp broke his own national record in the 10,000 meters.

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Running
11:39 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Galen Rupp Breaks American 10K Record

Galen Rupp breaks the tape at the end of Friday's 10K race.
Credit Karen Richards

They scheduled the best for last at “distance night” of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene: the 10,000 meter race.

The crowd stayed until after 9 pm to cheer for Galen Rupp, a native of Oregon and former U of O star. Rupp reportedly asked for a fast 10K race.

The Nike Oregon Project runner hoped to break his own American record, set in 2011. As the laps ticked by, he remained in the lead group of four to six runners, holding a pace almost equal to his record time. But with two laps to go, he took the lead.

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Military & Veterans
7:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

DeFazio Speaks Out About VA Bureaucracy

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio [D] of Springfield, Oregon.
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke out Friday about the problems plaguing the Veterans Administration, including struggles in his home state.

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Homeless Issues
11:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Group Plans Permanent "Village" For Homeless People

Opportunity Village Eugene.
Credit Opportunity Village

The folks who created Opportunity Village Eugene, a pilot project that gives short-term shelter to people without homes, are now looking to branch out.  "Emerald Village" would provide long term housing at an affordable price.

Opportunity Village opened last August and is home to 31 people in micro-houses or Conestoga Huts. Reverend Dan Bryant is president of the Opportunity Village board. He says the spin-off would be for people who are ready to transition out of temporary shelter.

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Generation M
8:45 am
Fri May 30, 2014

A Millennial Lives Without Religion and He Says Life is Just Fine

James Brown
Credit Florangela Davila

When it comes to religion, young adults feel a lot differently about thesubject than previous generations. People in their 20s are less likelyto be affiliated with organized religion. They’re also more likely to say
they don’t believe in God.

So what’s it like to be a young person navigating life without faith? In the final part of our series on millennials “GENERATION M”, reporter Florangela Davila introduces us to a 20-something digital marketing manager in Seattle.
 

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Washington Jefferson Skate Park
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Skate Park Artist Esteban Camacho

Esteban Camacho

The new Washington Jefferson Skate Park in Eugene will feature murals by Esteban Camacho, who speaks with Eric Alan about his creative vision, and the interaction of art with skaters to create a dynamic, living place. Esteban Camacho will be at the park on Saturday, May 31st as part of a public art wash and barbecue.

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Military & Veterans
8:11 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Head of Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Backs Gen. Eric Shinseki

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has joined other lawmakers calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

In a preliminary report released Wednesday, the VA's Inspector General said delaying medical care and trying to cover it up has become systemic. Cameron Smith is the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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Oregon Politics
2:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden On Emissions, Future Of Logging Revenue

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden participated in a ceremony Thursday (today) in Springfield highlighting the expansion of a new EmX bus stop. The Senator also talked about the importance of increasing access to public transportation, and cutting emissions as well.

Wyden: “It’s clear to me that we need the Executive Branch playing offense on this issue and to put in motion the steps that really only Congress can work with Executive on and that is the challenge of dealing with climate change when you have to bring in India, China, and so many of the developing nations.”

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Lane Transit District
2:25 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

EmX Expands To Riverbend

Sen. Wyden cutting the ribbon
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Sacred Heart’s RiverBend hospital in Springfield has a new EmX stop that is closer to the facility. About 50 supporters and dignitaries attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (today).

Land Transit District’s EmX now stops at the Pavilion station located on RiverBend Drive. It provides direct access to Lane County’s largest medical center for thousands of patients and employees. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden stressed the importance of expanding public transportation.

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