Jes Burns

All Things Considered Host / Reporter

Jes Burns is KLCC's local host of All Things Considered.

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Same-sex marriage
3:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Denies Motion To Delay Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Federal Court House in Eugene
Credit Karen Richards

Wednesday's federal hearing on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban will go ahead as scheduled, after a Eugene judge today denied a motion to postpone by opponents.  

The Oregon Attorney General announced back in February that the state would not defend the voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The state said the ban would not stand up to a federal equal rights challenge. 

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Veterans' Issues
7:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Officials Break Ground On New Veterans Health Facility In Eugene

Federal, state, and local officials toss a ceremonial shovel of soil at the future site of the Veterans Health Care Center in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

It’s been years in coming.   Officials broke ground on a new Veterans health facility in Eugene Monday afternoon.  

The site of the future Veterans Health Care Center in North Eugene sits within eye shot of I-5.  That’s the same interstate veterans in Lane County now travel long distances on to get health services not provided at the current small clinic in Eugene.    Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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Cover Oregon
12:42 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Cover Oregon Enrollment Deadline Approaching Fast

Credit Jes Burns

The national deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has already passed.  But in Oregon, persistent tech problems prompted the Governor to extend the final sign-up date by a month to April 30th.  The Cover Oregon website is still not fully functional, although people can complete most of the application process on-line.

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Crime & Law
6:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Pair Of Teens Suspected In Creswell Cinder Block Attack

Car hit Sunday by cinder block on I-5 in Creswell
Credit Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police have identified two teenagers they believe are responsible for throwing a cinder block of an I-5 overpass in the Creswell area early Sunday morning.  

The cinder block hit the windshield of a car traveling on the interstate and injured a passenger.  It hit 30-year-old Tiffany Becker in the face.  She was taken to the hospital, and subsequently released.    

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Crime & Law
8:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Arsons Reported At Two Eugene Middle Schools

Credit 4J School District

Emergency crews in Eugene responded to two arsons at schools in the past 48-hours.  Eugene police say the fires were started by teenagers and did not cause any injuries.  

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University of Oregon Athletics
6:46 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Oregon Softball Sweeps Civil War Series In Corvallis

Kailee Cuico hit two home runs in Oregon's Monday win against Oregon State.
Credit Eric Evans/GoDucks.com

The #1 ranked Oregon Ducks softball team completed their Civil War series with Oregon State Monday with a sweep.

In the final game in Corvallis, the Ducks crushed the Beavers 18-0, after winning games on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the course of the three-game series, Oregon outscored OSU 38 to 7.  The Ducks should stay at #1 in this week's national rankings.  
 

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Social Justice
12:41 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Report: Racial Minorities Biggest Targets Of Bias-Based Crimes In Eugene

Several bias-based crimes and incidents occurred in downtown Eugene in 2013.
Credit Jes Burns

This month, the City of Eugene’s Human Rights Office, in conjunction with the Eugene Police Department, released a report documenting bias-based incidents and criminal activity in our Community.  It found there were 55 incidents reported in 2013 – ranging from acts of physical violence to vandalism targeting people based on race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and religion.

KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Michael Kinnison, manager of the Eugene Equity and Human Rights Office.

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University of Oregon
11:11 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oregon Softball Makes History With #1 Ranking

Kailee Cuico was named PAC-12 Player of the Week after chalking seven RBIs in the Duck's second game win against UCLA.
Credit Eric Evans/GoDucks.com

The University of Oregon softball team hit a milestone this week.  For the first time in school history, they are the number one team in the country.

The top ranking comes after the Ducks won two in a three-game series against then-number-one UCLA.  After the final game Sunday, senior utility player Kailee Cuico told Oregon Sports Network the series showed what the team could do.

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Medical Marijuana
7:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Newport City Councils Votes To Delay Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Newport City Councilors have voted to place a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.  Earlier this year, state lawmakers agreed to allow cities to regulate dispensaries and enact temporary moratorium in order to prepare.     

At a meeting Monday night, Councilors heard from local residents opposing any delay.  Carla Williams is trying to open a dispensary in Newport to help people like her son.

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Watershed Health
12:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Florence STEP Part 2: Conservation Group Expands Education Program In Response To Coho Loss

Siuslaw Elementary student learns about ecology on field trip to Florence STEP's Whiteaker Creek fish trap.
Dolly Greene

After losing nearly 10,000 newly-hatched Coho Salmon in February, a volunteer-run fish hatchery in Florence is regrouping.  While the loss accounted for all of this year’s hatchery Coho in the Siuslaw basin, the number represents less than 1% of the total Coho returns for the river.  

Yesterday we heard about the hatchery loss. Today KLCC’s Jes Burns reports on what the volunteers are doing to keep it from happening again.

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