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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University of Oregon
1:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

UO Approves New Mission Statement

Credit Jes Burns

The University of Oregon has a new mission statement. This week the new U of O Board of Trustees approved the document.

Barbara Altmann is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She says every institution of higher education needs to have a mission statement. The mission has to reflect everyone in the organization including students, faculty, staff and the larger University community. Altmann says the process involved getting a lot of input from that community.

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Transportation
11:17 am
Fri November 7, 2014

After Fatal Crash State Looks At Safety Of Highway 126

Credit Oregon State Police

After a tragic accident Thursday which killed 2 Mapleton High School students and injured 3 others, the state is looking at ways to improve safety on Highway 126. The road winds through the coast range between Eugene and Florence.

Little: "In this year alone, in 2014, we've had 10 fatalities. That's more than we've experienced in all of the past 5 years. And that's just unacceptable."

Rick Little is spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He says they're studying the highway to see how to make it safer.

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November 2014 Election
11:38 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Voter Turnout Better Than National

Nationally, turnout for this week's election was at an all-time low -- about 42 percent. But in Oregon it was on par with previous midterm elections at just under 70 percent. Election officials attribute this to the state's vote by mail system.

Tony Green is spokesman for Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.

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November 2014 Election
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Oregon's GMO Lableling Law Narrowly Defeated

Credit Lindsay Eyink

A measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods was narrowly defeated by Oregon voters. Measure 92 was rejected by nearly 51 percent of voters with 49 percent approving. Opponents called the measure's failure a decisive victory. Spending on both sides was historic for Oregon. Opponents raised nearly $20 million, according to the Oregonian. Supporters raised about $8 million.

Supporters of Measure 92 said Oregon has the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients. Opponents said the labeling would increase food costs.

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November 2014 Election
10:34 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrats Likely To Hold Majorities in State Legislature

State Representative Phil Barnhart was re-elected Tuesday

Democrats are on track to keep control of the Oregon house and improve their margins in the state senate.

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Homelessness
7:23 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Advocates Seek Ways To Help Homeless Through The Winter

Dan Bryant (left) talks with Opportunity Village resident Mike Torrey. Opportunity Village provides micro-houses or Conestoga Huts for homeless people in a small self-managed community in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In 2013, nearly 2 thousand people in Lane County didn't have a place to sleep at night.

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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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