Rachael McDonald

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Rachael McDonald started her career at KLCC as a volunteer in the newsroom in 2000.  Rachael was hired by the Northwest News Network to establish their Richland bureau in 2004. She reported on the progress of cleanup at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, chemical weapons destruction at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, agriculture and wine. Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 to be the host of Morning Edition. She also reports on Lane County, forest issues and a variety of other local and regional stories. Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting including first place from PRNDI for her story "Garden Brings Community Together" and for her interview with Naseem Rhaka, author of "The Crying Tree".  Rachael enjoys reading, hiking, biking and cooking.

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Lane County
10:29 am
Fri October 31, 2014

State Bar Clears Fired Lane County Administrator of Criminal Conduct

Liane Richardson, formerly Inkster, was fired from her job as Lane County Administrator last year.
Credit Lane County

Liane Richardson, who was fired as Lane County Administrator last year, has been cleared of criminal conduct by the Oregon State Bar. The Bar's conclusions point to knowledge and approval of her actions on the part of two County commissioners.

Richardson, who now goes by Inkster, was fired from her job as Lane County Administrator after it was revealed that she had been converting leave time to take home pay in order to boost her paycheck.

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Transportation
11:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Eugene Asks Uber To Cease Operating Or Get A License

Credit City of Eugene

City of Eugene officials have ordered Uber ride-sharing service to cease operating in the area or face a fine. Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer.

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Homelessness
1:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Corvallis Group Focuses On Housing First For Homeless

Rick and Aleita, residents of Partners Place, an apartment building in Corvallis that offers housing and case managers to people who've been homeless.
Credit Corvallis Homeless Coalition

A group of non-profits in Corvallis is hoping to expand their efforts to provide permanent housing to homeless people in the community. They're focusing on "housing first", a model that's been successful in other cities.

Corvallis Housing First plans to build a permanent shelter on a site that's now a temporary warming center for men. Executive Director Gina Vee says focusing on *housing first can reduce rates of emergency room care and arrests for homeless people.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
12:33 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Graduate Fellows Issue Strike Notice

Graduate Teaching Fellows rally at Johnson Hall.
Credit Karen Richards

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon have issued a strike notice. Both parties must submit their final contract offers to the state mediator Monday. The main sticking point is paid leave.

The strike notice places the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, or GTFF, and the University at an impasse, a 30-day cooling off period.

If a strike does take place, it would be a huge work stoppage at the University of Oregon. Joe Henry is a Graduate Student in Anthropology and the President of the GTFF, which has 1,500 members.

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November 2014 Election
6:00 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Oregon Schools Small And Large Seek Levy Approvals To Fund Education

Crow Middle / High School
Credit Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District

Oregon public schools are increasingly turning to voters to help fund essential education services. The small rural district Crow- Applegate-Lorane has a 5-year levy renewal on the November 4th ballot.

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Sexual Assault
8:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

UO Task Force Calls For Changes To Address Sexual Assault

UO students protest sexual assault outside Johnson Hall in May after three basketball players are accused of raping a female student.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon Task Force on Sexual Violence brought a list of recommendations to the University Senate Wednesday.
KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke  with Jennifer Freyd, professor of psychology at the U of O. She is a member of the task force.

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Marijuana Taxes
12:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lane County Approves Tax on Pot

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a local tax on marijuana. The ordinance passed 4 to 1 after only one person spoke at a public hearing.
 

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November 2014 Election
10:58 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Springfield Again Asks Voters To Fund School Improvements

Measure 20-226 would fund a new Hamlin Middle School and also pay for improvements to Springfield's other aging school buildings.
Credit Angela Kellner / KLCC

Springfield Public Schools are once again asking voters to approve a bond to fund improvements to the district's aging schools. Last year, a similar measure was defeated by just 446 votes. This time, backers say they’ve made some changes to Measure 20-226.

The district asked voters why they said no last year to a school bond measure. Springfield Schools spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge says the previous bond focused mainly on funding a new Hamlin Middle School.

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November 2014 Election
5:23 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Candidates For Oregon's 4th District Square Off

Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio (left), Green Party Candidate Michael Bielstein (center), and Republican Art Robinson at the University of Oregon Law School.
Credit John Stark / KLCC

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio and his Republican challenger Art Robinson traded barbs Wednesday night in a debate at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene. They were joined by Green Party candidate Michael Bielstein discussing topics including funding for rural counties, liquefied natural gas terminals, oil trains, climate change and education.

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Jobs
12:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Lane County High Schoolers Can Experience A Day In The Life Of A Utility Worker

EWEB is hosting a career fair Thursday for high school students to learn about construction, road maintenance and utilities jobs.
Credit EWEB

The Eugene Water and Electric Board will host the construction and utilities career fair Thursday for Lane County high school students. 

More than 500 Lane County high school students will have the opportunity to work in construction, utility trade and road maintenance for a day. Joe Harwood, spokesman for EWEB says the idea is to inspire young people to pursue this kind of career.

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