Karen Richards

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Karen Richards has been a volunteer reporter since the fall of 2012.

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It takes only a moment to sign a major bill into law. It will take years to implement a new Federal education policy. Oregon educators look forward to the possible impacts of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

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The past weeks' Olympic Trials were a massive undertaking. The 2021 World Championships will bring events at Hayward Field to another level. That's the goal for the nonprofit Track Town USA, which aspires to expand the sport nationally. Eugene is preparing to package its track enthusiasm and deliver it to other cities.

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The singular reason more than 1,000 track and field athletes are in Eugene this week is to vie for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Spectators have many different reasons to be at Hayward Field.

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The U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are underway at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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Oregon communities struggling to create jobs will soon have access to tens of millions of dollars in state tourism funds. July 1st, a new lodging tax goes into effect. The city of Oakridge embraced mountain biking as its road to economic recovery. Residents there may consider several ways to further attract visitors.

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An evolving new industry in Oregon is having—and causing-- growing pains. Until recently, many commercial and industrial spaces in Eugene and Springfield were vacant and property owners were bleeding money. Now, in large part because of the cannabis industry, warehouse space is hard to find.

A 16-thousand square foot industrial building in west Eugene has been under contract for sale to a marijuana grower for more than six months. There's a carpeted suite of offices up front.

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and behind that:

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Eugene and Springfield have long been losing skilled technical workers to bigger West Coast cities. Now, several start-ups are finding ways to retain the brains.

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The Oregon lottery was established in 1984 by popular vote. Over time, citizens have elected to add video poker and direct portions of the revenue to state parks and watersheds. The lottery has become a crucial source of funds for many. 

 

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One hundred eighteen college students spent last weekend holed up in the Lillis Business Complex, intensively writing computer code and strategizing. They were participants in the first gaming “hack-a-thon” at the University of Oregon.

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International student populations at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College have ballooned in the last five years. Both schools have long-term goals to further increase the numbers. However certain costs and risks could jeopardize their efforts.

 

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