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A new casino is opening in Coos Bay Thursday, bringing jobs and competition to the area. It will be called the Three Rivers Casino in Coos Bay.

Three Rivers projects the new casino will add more than 90 full time jobs with benefits in Coos Bay. The original casino is in Florence. The new expansion is part of the evolution into a full resort property according to Assistant general manager, Bob Garcia.

Oregon Live

Long-time Register Guard editor and publisher, Tony Baker, is stepping down. The Eugene daily paper has hired the head of The Oregonian Media Group to take his place.

Baker has been at the helm of the Register-Guard for 28 years. N. Christian Anderson III led the Oregonian through a transition to a digital-first organization.  

Former Dean of the U of O School of Journalism and Communication Tim Gleason says he expects change at the Guard.

Unpacking Videos of Police Shootings

May 6, 2015
Rowan Moore Gerety

Over the past year, a string of police killings of unarmed Black men has prompted a national conversation around use of force and racial bias in policing. It’s a conversation often shaped by viral videos documenting those incidents.

The Hi-Fi Music Hall opens in Eugene on Friday May 8th, with a concert from Zepparella. The new music hall features two stages and video web streaming of every concert. Owners Mike Hergenreter  and Danny Kime talk with Eric Alan about their vision for the venue.

Pearl Wolfe

On January 28th, advocates and volunteers from 28 agencies conducted the annual homeless count in Lane County. They hit the streets and parks, looked under bridges, and checked in with shelters and churches. Lane County Human Services released the numbers Tuesday.

At one point in time, 1,473 un-housed people were counted. These are the “literally homeless” who stay in emergency transitional shelters or locations not meant for habitation-- like cars or doorways.

A federal judge in Eugene has dismissed as moot a lawsuit the Newport Fishermen's Wives brought against the U.S. Coast Guard. The suit was filed after the federal agency threatened to close its rescue helicopter station in Newport last year.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Desmond: Since wolves first started returning to Washington and Oregon in the late 1990s, the population has been increasing steadily – especially over the past few years.

Now wildlife officials are taking a look at the species’ protected status. In late April, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission initiated the process of removing wolves from the state’s endangered species list.

All this brings up questions of whether the wolf has actually recovered enough to dial back protections.

With me now with some answers is EarthFix Correspondent Jes Burns.

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The Lane County District Attorney announced Monday that no criminal charges will be filed against the driver who struck and killed three children in Springfield in February.

Karen Richards

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio led a rally today (Monday) in Eugene. He was raising awareness of President Obama’s push for “fast track” authority to implement a controversial trade agreement.

Good Gardening: Replanting

May 4, 2015
John Fischer

  A lot of you have already put in your vegetable gardens.  A few sunny warm days often causes an outbreak of planting fever.  But for some crops it's still to early to plant, and for others you'll need to replant several times during the season to keep a good harvest coming.
  Melons, cucumbers, basil, and most squash need warm soil to live long and prosper.  Put them in too early- either as starts or seeds, and the plants will struggle all season.  Wait until late May, and you basil will be knee high by the 4th of July.

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