Claude Offenbacher

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Claude Offenbacher has been a reporter/host at KLCC since 1999.

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Tariq Malik, managing editor of Space.com, writes and is a media spokesperson on new advancements in space science and space flight.

Malik will present Thursday evening at the Science Factory's gala at the Eugene Hilton.

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The U.S. Forest Service has engaged the public in Seattle, Portland and Redding, California on the need for a new Northwest Forest Plan.  Now it’s moving its road show to smaller communities.

Lisa Romano, speaking for the Siuslaw National Forest Research Station, says at least a dozen local community sessions will be held in upcoming weeks. After introductions from forest service staff, participants will be called on to discuss three questions:

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Anya Kamenetz, who writes about education for NPR and is the author of several books on education, says parents are losing patience with standardized testing.

She'll present April 1st at 7 p.m. at Tsunami Books in Eugene on this and other educational topic.

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Republican State Senator Jeff Kruse of Roseburg speaks on such topics as mandated vaccinations, statewide sick leave and climate change.

The Springfield City Council has asked staff to act promptly to improve safety on Main Street following a vehicle incident last month that killed three children.

The children, ages 4, 5 and 8, were in the crosswalk at Main and 54th on February 22nd when a pick-up driver struck and killed them.  The children’s mother, also struck, is recovering.  The incident is under investigation. 

In the past decade, 14 people have died on the wide corridor in collisions involving a mix of pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists:

(Grimaldi) “The goal is to get that to zero.”

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Jobs are on the rise in Oregon. Unemployment is on the decline. That’s the takeaway from State Employment Department’s just-issued January report. 

Oregon employment reached a record level in January, with more than 55 thousand jobs above a year ago. State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks:

(Beleiciks)  “The sectors that added the most jobs were the broad ranging professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade and construction.”

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Portland veterinarian Stacey Addison, who was detained in East Timor for five months, is on her way home. She boarded a plane to the U.S. after being released Monday night.

Although never charged with a crime, Addison was arrested last September in the southeast Asian country when she shared a taxi with a stranger who was arrested for possessing methamphetamine. She was told investigation of the incident might take a year. In December, KOIN-TV captured her despair:

State Representative  John Lively, Democrat of Springfield, speaks with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher about his agenda, the gubernatorial transition, and such legislative priorities as sick leave and the  state's minimum wage.

A pilot program will test whether Oregon should offer iPads at no cost to assist residents who have vision, hearing, speech, mobility or cognition issues. The iPads will improve phone communication, but will have no download capability and only limited internet access. The program is funded with a nine cent monthly surcharge on retail telephone bills.  Friday is the new deadline to join the pilot project. For more information, email puc.rspf@state.or.us , or call 800-848-4442.

The Newport City Council set its goals Monday for the 2015-16 fiscal year. An all-day public meeting took Council members and department heads through a visioning process. The Council then prioritized a long list of possible goals.  Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel says the council placed a high priority on

Nebel:   “embarking in some sort of beautification effort for the City of Newport, both for our public spaces, our private properties, in order to put our best foot forward to our own residents as well as visitors to Newport “

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