Rachael McDonald

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 returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  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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Eight people from Middle Eastern countries have been denied visas to come to Eugene to participate in a conference and film festival next week. It’s unclear why the visas were denied since a judge has stayed President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from some Muslim majority countries.

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Portland is experiencing its second wettest water year on record, while Eugene is only in its 24th wettest year in history.  It has, however, broken a record for the longest number of days of measurable precipitation at 143 days since October 1st.

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The kids who are suing the government over climate change are in Washington D.C. this week. They’re joining the People’s Climate March Saturday.

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The University of Oregon and Lane County’s 39th annual Take Back the Night rally, march and speak out is this Thursday, April 27th. The director of the UO Women’s center Fatima Roohi Pervaiz says among the themes of the night is the intersection of marginalized populations, especially undocumented groups, and sexual violence.

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Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke to University of Oregon law students and the City Club of Eugene Friday. He’s been holding community forums this week in his district.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University plans to use $25 million from an anonymous donor to launch an expansion of its LaSells Stewart Center. It says the project will bring together music, theater and visual arts in a new arts and education complex.

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  Oregon State University Board Considers Tuition Increase Friday
The Oregon State University Board of Trustees is expected to vote to raise tuition Friday.  The board is considering a 4 percent increase for resident undergraduates and 2 percent for non-residents.

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Almost 4 years ago, Opportunity Village was established in Eugene. It’s a community of tiny houses for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The idea is to give people safe shelter as they transition to permanent housing. But there’s not enough affordable housing to serve the need, so a new village is in the works. 

Lane Community College

Lane Community College is considering program cuts and a tuition increase to help cope with a more than 10 million dollar budget deficit. There’s a special board meeting Wednesday to hear from students, faculty and staff.

ODOT

Update: Monday April 17.  Highway 38 has one lane opened to traffic.  Expect ten to fifteen minute delays.

Update: Sunday, April 16. Transportation officials hope to have one lane of Highway 38 reopened late Sunday night. Monday, ODOT says drivers should expect delays of 10-15 minutes as flaggers will provide traffic control Travelers are asked to drive with extreme caution.

A semi-truck struck a bridge Wednesday on the road between Roseburg and Reedsport.

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