Karen Richards

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

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HIV / AIDS
1:51 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

World AIDS Day Events Planned For Sunday

Credit World AIDS Day

HIV / AIDS was once a high-profile communicable disease. Due in part to effective medications, it has fallen in the public's awareness. Sunday's "World AIDS Day" hopes to renew focus on HIV.

World AIDS Day was established in 1988, at the height of the epidemic. Now, the deadly condition can be managed and those infected can live full lives. However, because it's not in the spotlight, fewer people are being tested.

Susan McCreedy is the Deschutes County Health Educator. She says she's been shocked by a surge of new AIDS diagnoses in the past five years.

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Consumer Safety
4:10 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Oregon Group Releases Survey Of Potentially Dangerous Toys

Credit OSPIRG

Shopping for toys for the holidays can make us feel like kids again. But an Oregon group wants consumers to be aware of potentially hazardous playthings.

The "Trouble in Toyland" report is an annual survey of dangerous or toxic toys released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Maya Kumar is from Oregon's chapter:

Kumar: "Our report highlighted four main things parents should watch out for: toxics in toys, choking hazards, magnetic toys and finally, excessively noisy toys."

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Duck Sports
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Duck Cross-Country Teams Target NCAAs

Mac Fleet at the 2013 NCAA outdoor championships.
Credit Karen Richards

Do the men of Oregon have a shot at an NCAA cross-country title Saturday? A coach and an athlete say it's possible.

Eugene is known as Track Town USA for a reason. At the University of Oregon, 20 of the 21 NCAA sports titles have been from (indoor and outdoor) track and field and cross-country. Although they aren't favored, the Duck men's team *could add to that count Saturday. Head Coach Robert Johnson:

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Homelessness
4:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Volunteer Groups Ready To Manage Campsites For The Homeless

Credit City of Eugene

Monday night, the Eugene City Council approved two locations for homeless people to pitch their tents. Although the city has some work to do first, volunteer organizations say they are ready to go.

The council voted 6 to 2 to allow campsites on Chambers Street at Northwest Expressway and Roosevelt Boulevard near Garfield. Michael Wisth is with the City of Eugene.

Wisth: "We have no set timeline but we are trying to work quickly to roll out a template for agreements with any group that will be managing the site."

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Government Shutdown
3:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

DeFazio Speaks On Shutdown And Next Steps

Congressman DeFazio
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Peter DeFazio was in Eugene today (Friday) to give a recap of the government shutdown and look forward to the next legislative hurdles.

Congressman DeFazio expressed relief to be at home for a long weekend, and to be done with what he called the disruptive, unnecessary and expensive shutdown. DeFazio said tourists, timber workers and retirees were among those who contacted him with questions and concerns over the past three weeks. He said the shutdown caused a broad range of unexpected consequences.

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Education Programs
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Lincoln County Head Start Avoids Shutdown

Credit Head Start U.S.

Two Head Start programs in Lincoln County have averted closure due to assistance from Oregon’s Early Learning Division.

Head Start provides preschool programs as well as health, nutrition and social services to low-income families. Due to the federal shutdown, the programs in Lincoln City and Toledo were running out of time. The agency had sent out *25 layoff notices and prepared for suspending classes as well as supplemental food and weekend programs. Dr. Suzanne Miller, Lincoln County’s Head Start Director, said October 31st would have been their last day:

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Early Learning
2:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Lincoln County Head Start Averts Shutdown

Credit Head Start U.S.

Two Head Start programs in Lincoln County have averted closure due to assistance from Oregon’s Early Learning Division.

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Oregon's Public Education System
9:46 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Dr. Nancy Golden Selected As Chief Education Officer

Friday, the Oregon Education Investment Board unanimously selected Dr. Nancy Golden as Oregon's Chief Education Officer.

Dr. Golden has been Interim Director since August. The former Springfield Superintendent will be  overseeing Oregon's entire public education system, from pre-K through college, to ensure students reach the state's 40-40-20 goals. That is, by 2025, all students will earn a high school degree.

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