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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DUII Patrols
4:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Police Step Up Patrols During Civil War Game Friday

The 117th annual Civil War football game takes place at Autzen Stadium in Eugene Friday.

Police will be on patrol when the Ducks and Beavers face off in the annual Civil War football game in Eugene Friday. The cops are trying to prevent people from drinking and driving.

Eugene Police Officer Ryan Stone says EPD is working with Springfield PD and Oregon State Police to saturate the roadways around Autzen. Stone says with the Thanksgiving holiday more people will be out.

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Civic Stadium
7:15 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Eugene Will Make A Bid For Ball Park

The 75-year old ball park has been vacant since the Emeralds moved to the UO's PK Park several years ago.
Credit Jes Burns

The city of Eugene will try to purchase Civic Stadium. At Wednesdays' meeting the City Council voted 5 to 3 to have staff draft a proposal to buy the historic baseball park using funds from its voter passed parks and open space bond measure.

The city's offer is contingent on fundraising efforts by a local group, Save Civic Stadium. If they can raise $5.5 million to pay for renovation and maintenance of the site, the council will move forward.  Mayor Kitty Piercy gave a deadline of 60 days:

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Homeless Students
7:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Keeping a Routine: Homeless Kids Go to School

Jennifer Brown and her four children (one of the twin boys is hiding) at First Place Family Center in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Last year, more than 18 thousand Oregon students were homeless at some time during the school year.
The State Department of Education released its annual homeless count of K-12 students last week. KLCC's Rachael McDonald met with a woman who's homeless and has 4 kids in school.

Brown: "Hi guys, welcome home…"

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Lane County
12:43 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Lane County Must Pay Former Employee's Attorney's Fees

A lawyer who lost his job with Lane County has been awarded attorney's fees after winning a public records lawsuit. Lane County Circuit Judge Jody Mooney ruled today Wednesday that the county must pay Marc Kardell $14 thousand.

Marc Kardell was successful in October in a suit against Lane County. Judge Mooney found the county violated state public records laws by delaying it's response to Kardell's request by 3 months. Kardell spoke outside the courthouse following the judge's decision to award attorney's fees.

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Crime & Law
12:02 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Burglars Target Unoccupied Homes in Eugene

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Eugene Police are warning people whose homes are unoccupied to take measures to prevent theft. Two suspects are facing burglary charges following a multi-week crime spree targeting homes that were listed for sale or in foreclosure.

The two men were recently arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of appliances and furniture from numerous empty homes. Debbie Janecek is with EPD's Crime Prevention Unit:

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Cover Oregon
11:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

70,000 Oregonians Enrolled in Expanded State Medicaid Program

Credit Cover Oregon

Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King goes before lawmakers this week to explain why the website still isn't fully functional and the state still has not enrolled a single person in coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Cover Oregon's Chief Communications Officer Amy Fauver  says there have been successes with the state's Medicaid enrollment-- The Oregon Health Plan. She spoke in a conference call with reporters Monday.

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Transportation
10:25 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Eugene May Allow Skateboards On Streets

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Skate boarders may soon have more places to ride in Eugene. The City is considering making it legal for them to use streets and bike paths.

City of Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator Lee Shoemaker says he's heard from skate boarders who complain they can't skate on the streets or sidewalk in downtown and by the U of O campus. It's currently illegal to skateboard on Eugene's streets.

Shoemaker: "

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Food Insecurity
3:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Hunger Task Force Visits Eugene

Lane County Farmers Market
Credit Rachael McDonald

Nearly half a million Oregonians were considered food insecure in the latest federal survey. Members of the Oregon Hunger Task Force were in Eugene today for a listening session.

The Oregon Hunger Task Force was established by the legislature in 1989.

Director Patti Whitney-Wise is with Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. She says the state has made great strides but that the recession was a huge setback.

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Race Card Project
2:06 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Michele Norris Speaks on NPR's Race Card Project

Michele Norris visits KLCC.
Credit Cheryl Crumbley

NPR's Michele Norris and NPR Senior Producer Walter Ray Watson joined KLCC's Rachael McDonald to talk about The Race Card Project. They're in Eugene to speak with students at the University of Oregon.

Michele Norris will be on OPB's Think Out Loud Wednesday at noon. KLCC will simulcast the show. Norris speaks 7 p.m. at the UO EMU Ballroom.

http://theracecardproject.com/category/u-of-o-race-cards/

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Eugene Budget
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eugene Seeks Budget Solutions

Credit City of Eugene

Eugene budget planners are trying to find a long-term solution to recurring financial shortfalls. Last spring city voters rejected a proposed fee to pay for services. The city faced a $5.2 million dollar budget shortfall. Currently it's tapping into reserves to fund libraries, recreation and other services.

Ken Beeson is a citizen member of the Budget Committee. He says over the past 5 years the city has reduced its general fund by about 24 million dollars.

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