Karen Richards

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

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The fitness industry has a history of reinventing itself. Jazzercise was all the rage in the 1980s. In the 2000s, CrossFit became mainstream. One current trend is toward more targeted workouts. Here we check in with three specialized gyms opening or expanding in the Eugene / Springfield area.

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Nearly 400,000 Oregonians were born in another country; about 115,000 are undocumented. As part of a monthly series on immigration, KLCC's Karen Richards set out to learn where we stand, finding that while global migration is in crisis, U.S. policy is static. 

 

 


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On Saturday the Women of Oregon's track team achieved something never seen before: a triple crown. This academic year, they won NCAA Division One titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. 

 


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Oregon is consistently ranked among the worst states for school funding. It has shorter school years, more students per class, and lower graduation rates than most places in the country. Experts trace the beginning of the trend to the passage of Measure 5 in 1990. 

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The NCAA Track and Field Championships are underway at Hayward Field. While dozens of Division One schools are represented, getting here is no small feat.

 


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Standardized state tests have been around for over 50 years. They've had opposition for nearly as long. Oregon's “Smarter Balanced” assessments of the past three years spawned a strong opt-out movement. Some of the tests' flaws and hiccups have been fixed. Let's look at the work that remains to be done. 

 

 


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The Lane Community College board met Wednesday evening to hear public comment on the administration’s proposed budget. One hundred forty-five people signed up to speak.


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Hazelnut planting is booming in the Willamette Valley. Our volcanic, fertile soil already produces nearly the entire U.S. crop. Still, growers and industry experts aren't worried about having too much supply.


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Oregon's higher ed campuses do a good job of integrating international students with each other. The schools have a harder time with a bigger goal: Creating a cultural exchange across the whole institution.

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Improvements to Springfield's Glenwood district have been in the works for decades. This spring, the Franklin redevelopment plan breaks ground. While progress is being made, officials say continued momentum depends on conditions beyond their control.  


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