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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There is a memorial to U.S. women veterans in Washington D.C. The City of Springfield wants to build one in Oregon. Women vets met Monday to talk about what it will look like.

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The approach to the Main Street Bridge in Cottage Grove is in danger of collapse. City leaders plan to re-direct road repair funds for an emergency fix.

University of Oregon

Eugene’s classical music station has a new host and is again broadcasting from its studios after 2 months of remote operations.

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Lane County now has sheriff’s deputies on patrol for 24 hours, 7 days a week. It’s been more than 5 years since that’s been a consistent practice.

City of Corvallis

Corvallis officials want to restore oak savannah on 100 acres of land north of the city. They plan to remove invasive weeds and shrubs and cut down Douglas Fir trees this summer.

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Oregon transportation officials want to convince people to put away cell phones while driving. A new study released last week says distracted driving is a deadly epidemic in the state.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown met with Eugene businesswomen Friday. It’s part of a statewide tour to gather information for her Small Business Advisory Cabinet.

Senator Ron Wyden

A new bill introduced Thursday by Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer aims to improve access to the outdoors. The federal bill is called “Recreation Not Red Tape Act.”

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Tiny houses are recognized as a viable solution to the housing crisis in Oregon. Veneta is the latest community to help get people into homes they can afford.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dropped to 4.8 percent in February. That’s the lowest it’s been in more than 20 years.

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