Desmond O'Boyle

Weekend Edition Host / Reporter

Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University with an AA in 2006. Shortly after, he moved to Eugene and continued his education at the University of Oregon studying Journalism. He started working as a volunteer at KLCC in 2011 and graduated with a BS later that year.

Desmond plays the Great Highland Bagpipe and is Pipe Major of the Eugene Highlanders. He has been playing since he was 12.

Other interests include skiing, hiking, disc golf, and cooking.

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Oregon medical officials are looking at ways to curb and reduce the number of opioid deaths. Physicians and medical directors met at a summit in Seaside, Thursday, to discuss options.

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Springfield's largest employer, Symantec, is one of two Oregon businesses being recognized for its LGBT Inclusion in the workplace.

Basic Rights Oregon honored Symantec and Portland metro's New Seasons Market last week at a luncheon. Seven years ago, Symantec employee Cass Avrill told his manager he was transitioning. He says he was surprised by the companies' reaction.

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Eugene Police have recovered an exotic monkey from an out-of-town prostitute. A local pet store owner allegedly gave the Galago primate named Gooey to her as a tip.

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Senator Ron Wyden met Saturday with Eugene AARP volunteers helping elderly people file their taxes, which are due today (Monday). Reports many times tax season means an increase in scams.

Democratic Senator Wyden called for a crackdown on tax scams in March. During a hearing with the Senate Finance Committee, he said the growth of sophisticated technology is costing taxpayers billions of dollars every tax season. Wyden wants the Committee to adopt some of Oregon's standards for tax preparers.

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Today (Friday), April 15th, is traditionally when taxes are due. In conjunction with tax day a coalition of activists called on Congress to re-direct tax dollars to fight climate change, fund health care and education, and create jobs. About 25 people met at the Eugene downtown Post Office and participated in a “penny poll.” Poll participants are given 10 pennies to put in jars representing a 6-category breakdown of the Federal Budget.  Activist Susan Cundiff wants to bring awareness to the Federal Discretionary Budget.

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State water supply levels have Oregon farmers optimistic this year. Last April, mountain snowpack and reservoir levels were much lower than average. This year, talk of drought is somewhat quiet.

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Body cameras will soon be part of the Eugene Police Department's uniform. But which brand will be used? Friday 8 different vendors displayed their products to officers. Captain Sherri Meisel says they look at durability and storage.

Meisel: "Some people would think; 'Oh, we just taker video with our phone.' There's a lot of data that has to be collected and stored. Well, if you start multiplying that by a number of officers over many hours during a day, there's a lot more at stake than just having the actual camera itself."

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The Oregon State Women's Basketball squad is playing in the Final Four for the first time. The Beavers defeated Baylor 60 to 57 Monday night.

In the final seconds of the game, Junior guard Sydney Wiese hit three 3-pointers to give the number 2-seeded Beavs the win.

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And then there were four. Well, by Monday there will be four, and the Ducks won't be among them.

The University of Oregon men's basketball team ended their storybook season Saturday. They lost 80 to 68 to Oklahoma in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA tournament.

The Ducks never found an answer to Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, who scored 37 points, hitting eight 3 pointers.

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The number one seeded Oregon men's basketball team takes on 2 seeded Oklahoma this afternoon (Saturday). This year has been a storybook season for the Ducks. It's the sixth time in school history the team has advanced to the Elite 8. It's also the first time the Ducks won both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles.

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