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Crime & Law
12:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Swastika Vandalism Found Near Jewish Fraternity

Swastikas were drawn on mailboxes near the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity by the University of Oregon.
Credit Amanda Butt

Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were tagged near a Jewish fraternity.

Bryan Kalbrosky is a student and member of the University of Oregon’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. On his way to class on Monday, he noticed a dozen swastikas drawn on a cluster mailbox near the fraternity house.  

Kalbrosky: “In the Eugene community, this is a rare thing to see. I’ve never seen swastikas in Eugene before and I know that it’s definitely a fairly progressive place when it comes to that type of thinking. So that’s what really caught me off guard.”

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Economy
11:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program

Joe Maruschak is Director of Eugene RAIN.
Credit Karen Richards

In Eugene, eight selected startup companies began a journey toward potential long-term success this week. Thanks to a new public and private collaboration, they'll use the next 12 weeks to create a plan and then implement it.

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Wildfire
6:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns More than 2,000 Acres In South-Central Oregon

Many residents living outside Sprague River, Oregon, lost their homes to a wildfire.
Credit James Thompson

The Moccasin Hill wildfire in south-central Oregon has burned as many as 20 homes and 2,500 acres.

Reporter Devan Schwartz visited the town of Sprague River and spoke with people who lost everything, and those in the community lending a hand.
 

I’m riding in a truck with James Thompson, who co-owns Whistler’s Trading Post. It’s one of Sprague River’s few businesses. He’s taking me to see where the homes have burned.

It smells of singed ponderosa pine, juniper and sagebrush.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Rep. Phil Barnhart on Taxes, Schools, Global Warming And More

Oregon Rep. Phil Barnhart
Credit www.oregonlive.com

State Representative Phil Barnhart serves Oregon House District 11 in Salem.  A Democrat, he's been in Salem since 2001.  His constituents are in Central Lane and Linn counties, including parts of Eugene and Springfield.  Barnhart is hosting three issue town halls in Eugene this summer.  They deal respectively with pathways to prosperity, education funding and global warming and jobs:

Pathways to Prosperity: "Growing Middle Class Jobs" (with Sec. of  State Kate Brown, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy) Monday, July 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Eugene Public Library.

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Employment
12:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Stays Flat in June

Oregon's unemployment rate remained flat in June, at 6.8 percent.

The state Employment Department says the construction sector was hiring at record levels earlier this year but didn't hire as many workers last month.

Employment economist Nick Beleiciks says other industries saw gains, including private educational services and health care and social assistance.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Covers Foster Youth Until They Are 26

Credit oregon.gov

Young people can remain on their parent's health insurance programs until they are 26, and thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, so can foster kids.

Oregon's program is called Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program, or F-CY. It's estimated more than 3,000 youth are eligible. Valerie Rucks is a Program Manager for Oregon's Department of Human Services. She says before the Affordable Care Act, it was more difficult for youth leaving foster care to obtain medical coverage.

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Ashland Review
12:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Ashland Review: Into the Woods

Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

REVIEW OF INTO THE WOODS

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 15, 2014

“Into the Woods,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre, is a Broadway-worthy spectacle. You may very well enjoy it as much as the ecstatic opening night audience.

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Other News
1:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

OSU Opens Food Preservation And Safety Hotline

Credit Rachael McDonald

Monday, Oregon State University opened its food preservation and safety hotline for another season of summer and fall harvesting.

Certified Master Food Preservers are standing by to answer any questions Oregonians might have on food preservation and safety. Nelly Oehler oversees the Master Food Preserver program in Lane and Douglas Counties. She says the phone line is a reliable source and that some out-dated information on the internet can be dangerous.

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Oregon Country Fair
7:13 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Em's Cosmic Limo: Pedaling The Paths Of Country Fair For 30 Years

Emery Blackwell's feet are secured to his bike pedals before a night of riding people around in his Cosmic Limo.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

KLCC reporters walked the paths of the Oregon Country Fair this weekend to find stories. Emery Blackwell was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or do many of the things many of us take for granted. But he's able to ride a tricycle that he custom designed for his body. It's known as Em's Cosmic Limo, and with the help of a dedicated crew, he spends nights at the Country Fair pedaling people around. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert has the story.

    

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Science & Technology
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Multi-State Price Fixing Settlement Includes Oregonians, Includes Refund.

A DRAM Computer Chip
Credit www.digitaltrends.com

Oregonians have until August 1st to file claims as part of a 310 million dollar multi-state settlement. If you purchased an electronic device between 1998 and 2002, you are eligible to submit a claim, and you don't even need a receipt.

Major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips or DRAM were accused of fixing prices. Oregon and 35 other states are involved in the lawsuit. Most devices qualify for at least a 10$ refund. Oregon Department of Justice Spokesperson Kristina Edmunson says the 4 step process to apply is simple.

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