Angela Kellner

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat  for 11 years from 1994 to 2005.

Angela graduated from the University of Oregon in 2001 with honors and received a B.A. in Journalism and Communication Studies. She has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including First Place from PRNDI for her 2008 story Neighborhood Impact of Regional Medical Center. The Associated Press awarded Angela First Place for her 2009 story on the Achievement Gap in Oregon Schools as well as First Place for her 2010 feature Oregon Veterans: Help Wanted. In 2010, she partnered with NPR and was included in their series Living With War at Home.

Angela is the proud mother of a daughter and son.

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Taking a Tour of Germany for the 2014 KLCC Microbrew Festival's Collaboration Brew, an annual interpretation of a certain style of beer. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with Matt VanWyck of Oakshire Brewing, Jason Carriere and Scott Siebar of Falling Sky Brewing and had a taste of the 2 beers made by the brewers.

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Facing a Monday deadline with no sign of major donors in sight, the Eugene City Council Wednesday tweaked its offer to purchase Civic Stadium. Last November, the city proposed buying Civic for $4.5-million on the condition that donors stepped up with $5.5-million. At Wednesday’s work session, the council voted to remove the contingency requirement. Councilor Mike Clark expressed doubt about the school district choosing the city’s proposal. And he doesn’t think the city should over extend itself financially.

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Several last-minute legal challenges could not stop a coyote hunting contest from taking place this weekend in Eastern Oregon.

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut apparently called Eugene radio station KWVA a year before the shooting to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

The caller, believed to be Adam Lanza, used the name Greg when he was on the air with John Zerzan, host of Anarchy Radio. The caller blames civilization for the chimp's attack.

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Former Lane County Commissioner Bill Fleenor filed a lawsuit against the county Monday to force the release of un-redacted public records. The records pertain to the investigation and firing of former County Administrator Liane Richardson.

Richardson was fired last year for converting earned leave into take home pay. Former Commissioner Fleenor filed a public records request last fall and received 27 heavily redacted pages. Fleenor's appeal was denied, so now he's filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to get all records related to the Richardson investigation.

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Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says he strongly opposes a bill that would give President Obama the authority to fast track U.S. trade deals.

According to DeFazio, fast track authority grants power to the executive branch to negotiate free trade agreements with little congressional input. He says when a free trade agreement is submitted this way, Congress must pass it within 90-days with an up or down vote, no amendments, and limited debate. 

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Nearly $9-million in grant money will be distributed to 140 Oregon schools for career and technical training.

The 2011 Oregon Legislature voted to invest $2-million to bring back vocational programs to middle and high schools. The 2013 Legislature quadrupled the amount of grant money. In the previous round, $425,000 went to Eugene's Churchill High. Eugene 4J applied this time around, but did not get approved.

A new Oregon law went into effect January 1st making it a crime to smoke cigarettes in a vehicle with minors. It is a secondary offense to smoke in the car with minors. This means law enforcement has to stop a driver for a separate violation first. Then police can write a ticket with a fine of $250 for smoking in the vehicle with children. The second time it happens, the fine is $500. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services says rolling down the window does not provide adequate ventilation.

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Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend welcomed its first baby of 2014 at 7:26 Wednesday morning. Emma Grace Baer is named after her maternal grandmother. She is the fourth child of Miriam and Levi Baer. Their three other children are all girls under the age of six.

The couple lives in Halsey, but is originally from Kentucky. They had planned for a homebirth, but opted for the hospital because the baby was found to have a cyst on her lung. Doctors say she appears to be in very good health but will need to be brought in for check-ups over the next few months.

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Recent changes made to the nation's flood insurance program could cost Oregon homeowners tens of thousands of dollars a year.

After paying out huge insurance claims for storms like Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, the National Flood Insurance Program is about $25-billion in the hole. Congress passed a reform act in 2012 that took effect this October. The Director of the Lincoln County Planning and Development Department is Onno Husing. He says Congress didn't fix the problem, but passed the cost onto homeowners and buyers.

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The federal government is counting on Willamette Valley farmers to help the recovery of a threatened bird. This fall, the streaked horned lark was added to the endangered species list.

The bird prefers open habitat, which has been declining, so it's showing up on agricultural land. Typically, finding an endangered species on your land would prohibit any disturbance to the area. But in this case, an exemption will not penalize farmers who find the lark on their property.

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Oregon State University has launched a new center aimed at strengthening local food systems.

OSU's Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems is under the umbrella of the Extension Service. It is tapping into the continuing growth in local and organic food. Director Garry Stephenson says their goal at the center is to help Oregon farmers take advantage of consumer demand.

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The City of Eugene has signed an agreement to allow overnight camping at the first rest stop for the homeless.

More than 50 years of news and sports broadcasts have been boxed up and donated to the University of Oregon. The gift from Chambers Communications is valued at more than $1-million.

Beyond Toxics

A pilot research project will study the health effects of air pollution in West Eugene.

A new technology will be deployed to track West Eugene residents' exposure to air pollutants. Participants will wear a wristband that takes air samples, use a cell phone app to transmit data and a spirometer to test lung function. Oregon State University Environmental Health Sciences Center is running the study. They've been working closely with Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics.

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In an effort to attract more people, the Benton County Project Resource Connect has dropped the word "homeless" from the name of their event.
 

Nationwide, homeless connect events are held as a one-stop shop for people needing assistance accessing services. Benton County Project Coordinator Johanna Peerenboom says they've dropped the word "homeless" from the title of their event.

The Eugene Public Library has been ranked in the top 3% in the United States for cost-effective service.

Library Journal conducts the ranking. It looks at four factors, including circulation, visits and program attendance. Connie Bennett is Eugene Library's Director. She explains the fourth factor.

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An Oregon district attorney, who's internationally recognized for his work to curtail methamphetamine manufacturing, is leaving his job.

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For those enjoying a 3-day weekend, the day off is to remember and honor those men and women who've served in the military. In Oregon, the day will be marked with a solemn ceremony in Salem.

Twice a year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the names of the fallen are added to the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial Wall. It's located on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. Mike Allegre says they will be adding three new names to the wall.

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College students and business leaders joined Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Friday in calling on congress to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Thursday the senate passed the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.  It passed by a 2-to-1 margin with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. Senator Merkley helped pass Oregon's workplace protection law in 2007 when he was speaker of the Oregon House. He says not all states offer the same employment protections for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered.

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Members of a Eugene-based youth empowerment group are hosting a symposium this weekend on issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Youth for the Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA) was created more than five years ago by two students at the Network Charter School in Eugene. After months of planning and fundraising, the group is ready to host the Youth Empowerment Symposium on Sunday and Monday. The keynote speaker is Cree Gordon who identifies as gender-queer and is HIV-positive. Network Charter School teacher Denise Velasco describes one of the highlights.

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A strong storm hit the northwest Thursday morning, knocking out power for more than 10,000 customers, including Portland International Airport.

A microburst of wind is blamed for destroying a barn in Polk County. Heavy rain dumped an average of one-third of an inch in a short period of time.

Steve Pierce is President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. He says the weekend is looking good.

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Oregon has released the first-ever study on the financial exploitation of adults with disabilities and the elderly.
 

It may be a crime that happens over a long period or a one time event. And it may take years for the victim to discover it, if they ever do. The study found the majority of financial abuse is perpetrated by family, friends and non-relative caregivers. Researcher Rebecca Fetters says they’re not only stealing money.

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In next week’s election, Springfield voters will decide the fate of a bond measure for the school district. More than half of the $62.5- million would go to replace Hamlin Middle School. The rest of the funds would be used to make upgrades at other schools.

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KLCC's Angela Kellner speaks with Liz Martin, Director of Development for CREATE!, a Eugene-based organization that partners with rural communities in Senegal, West Africa. CREATE! is the recipient of grant money from Dining For Women, a philanthropic organization with chapters in Eugene.

There is an informational meeting to learn more about Dining For Women Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Lane Community College Downtown Campus.

The nice fall weather might inspire more people to take part in the first-ever "Oregon Drive Less Challenge."

The 12-day challenge kicks off October 21st. The goal is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by a half-million. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and burn calories, says organizer Kelly Bantle.

Bantle: "May not work for everyone's schedule all the time, but even just taking your bike down the street to the store, can really save on money on the road and also help trim our waistlines."

Timber companies filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government. They claim there is no legal reason to suspend logging during the partial government shutdown.

The American Forest Resource Council joined Murphy Timber Company, High Cascades Inc., and South Bay Timber in the lawsuit. It seeks an injunction to lift the ban on logging during the government shutdown. AFRC Spokeswoman Ann Forest Burns says there is no provision in the contracts that says logging must be stopped on projects already approved. She says the lack of timber will hurt workers and mills.

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously to expand the car camping program for the homeless. It is modeled after one in Eugene. Churches and businesses have been allowed to have one car or motor home on site but can now have three. Niel Laudati is the city’s spokesman.

Laudati: “The city provides a portable toilet and we do some trash service. It’s very inexpensive for us. But it gives people a chance to rest in a safer place and it’s worked out so well.”

Oregon State Police volunteers are patrolling the neighborhoods around public schools in Lincoln County.

The OSP volunteers have been active in Lincoln County for more than 25 years. This is the first time they’ve specifically worked on school safety. They approached the school district after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Sue Graves is the Safety Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools. She says the volunteers go through background checks and training with OSP. They are not police officers and are unarmed.

EWEB Approves Voluntary Smart Meters

Oct 2, 2013

After a crowded public hearing, the Eugene Water and Electric Board voted to install smart meters only for customers who request it. A number of people spoke in opposition to the wireless meters citing health concerns. EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says there is no risk.

Harwood: “I’m frankly speechless. I don’t know how to respond to people that think that radio waves are going to somehow cause a health effect. It’s patently ridiculous.”

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