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Environment
8:27 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Scientists Say Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In West Coast Fish

It’s been almost 3 years since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water were released from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Fish there have been contaminated and some Japanese fisheries are still closed due to ongoing leaks. That’s made many people nervous about eating fish caught on this side of the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a gray Sunday morning at the Ballard farmer’s market in Seattle.

[Market sound “Hey Charlie. You got your seahawks gear on.”]

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Columbia River Crossing
7:22 am
Tue January 28, 2014

The Hour Of Decision Is Near For The Columbia River Crossing

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Time is running short for Oregon lawmakers to take the lead in building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. That's according to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. This week the Democrat issued an ultimatum to lawmakers to act before the end of the 2014 session in March. Otherwise he'll shut the project down. The warning is just the latest twist in the decade-long effort to break ground on the mega-project.

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Oregon Humanities Center
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Craig Childs, Apocalyptic Planet

The Oregon Humanities Center presents speaker Craig Childs, author of Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, and a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. He talks with Eric Alan about beginnings and endings, and why Iowa was the most extreme landscape of extinction he found.

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Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Trade Agreement Protesters Deliver Message to Wyden

Rally signs show opposition to new trade agreement.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

At a small rally at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene today (Monday), community activists and union representatives held signs in protest of the new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or T-P-P.) KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports.

As the group sang re-worked verses of the popular Bob Dylan protest song, a delegation prepared to hand deliver about 55 letters to Senator Ron Wyden.

Shelley Pineo-Jensen is with Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network. She criticized Wyden for not taking a stronger position  on the TPP.

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College Textbooks
11:26 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Textbooks Are Too Expensive For College Students

OSPIRG Monday released a national survey on textbook costs.
Credit Rachael McDonald

College textbooks are too expensive and many students can't afford them. The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group released a national survey Monday on textbook costs and alternatives.

Lane Community College Student Body President Paul Zito says he has only bought 4 textbooks in the 3 years he's been a student. He takes a normal course-load but he can't afford the books. Instead Zito looks for the information himself.

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Oregon Farming
9:05 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Converting Grass Seed To Grain In The Willamette Valley

Greenwillow Grains worker preps grain for bagging.
Credit Greenwillow Grains

When grass seed prices crashed in 2008, a group of Willamette Valley farmers decided to switch part of their production to food crops.  Now, not only are their results successful, but they may be laying the foundation for a different kind of food economy in Oregon.

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City Club of Eugene
6:15 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Building Bridges: Between Business And Education

Recorded on: January 24, 2014

Air Date: January 27, 2014

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Oregon Economy
1:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Report On Pay Inequality In Oregon To Be Presented Monday

Credit Oregonlegislature.gov

State Senator Chris Edwards of Eugene authored and passed a bill last year to examine wage inequality in Oregon. He will present the results of the study tonight (Monday).

Senator Edwards believes dealing with income inequality is critical to boosting Oregon's economy. He says the new report is revealing. For example:

Edwards: "Even here in Oregon, women still only earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, for the same work, even though they have the same qualifications."

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Piece of My Mind
12:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind -- Routines And Ruts

Credit KLCC

This is "A Piece of My Mind."  I'm Claude Offenbacher.     

Much of what we consider to be daily pleasures may be merely routines and not, in fact,  pleasurable at all.     

This notion hit me one morning while completing a dozen crossword puzzles.  I'd clipped them from newspapers delivered after I came home from California.

Was this word-solving orgy a boon to my life,  I wondered, or simply a conditioned compulsion to leave no puzzle undone?  And how much of the rest of my day would be filled with rituals more habitual than necessary, or even satisfying?

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General Election 2014
9:48 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Zelenka To Seek Re-Election In May

Alan Zelenka
Credit eugene-or.gov

Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka announced Saturday he will seek another term to represent Ward 3 in the upcoming May election.

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