Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

Ways to Connect

A growing number of Lane County individuals and families who work --are still unable to afford the basic necessities to live. A United Way study called the “ALICE Report” has just been released and it is starting conversations about our region’s hidden poor.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym is being used to describe four in ten households in Lane County and even more in other parts of Oregon. When a person or family earns more than the Federal Poverty Level but struggles to afford basic needs, they are living on the ALICE threshold.

Tiffany Eckert

A "signature" South Eugene business has closed its doors after 52 years. From the outside, Jiffy Market looks like a quirky convenience store--but inside-- amongst rows of fine wines and the smell of food cooking—it was a place where customers became friends.

Tiffany Eckert

More than half of students in the Eugene 4-J school district qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. During long breaks from school, these children are at risk of going without meals. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, local churches are making it their mission to end food insecurity one neighborhood at a time. 

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When a terminally ill patient decides to stop treatment or finds there are no other curative measures to take-- hospice is ordered. Often, the patient chooses to go home to die. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, hospice programs serve to alleviate fears and help the very sick on their final journey.

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The fourth boy charged in Eugene's Civic Stadium fire was sentenced today (Wednesday.) As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, the juvenile took responsibility for his actions and must now follow the conditions of his probation.

Over the Thanksgiving break, someone broke into the South Umpqua High School band room in tiny Myrtle Creek and stole several expensive instruments. --This just a couple weeks before their holiday concert.

The theft could have meant catastrophe for the budding musicians of this high school band. Two tenor saxophones, five flutes and two guitars were stolen. Some belonged to the school Others were owned by students.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Douglas County Public Health officials report one person has died and another remains hospitalized as a result of meningococcal disease. This is not considered an outbreak and as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, doctors are confident the disease is contained.  

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria present in the noses and throats of about 10% of the population. When it is  spread—it’s through very close, prolonged personal contact. Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck.

Wikipedia

Syphilis has increased by 1,500 % in Oregon since 2007. Public health officials announced the disturbing trend after Lincoln County reported its 12th case this year.

Auction.com

Following weeks of speculation, the buyer of the former Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced. Avago Technologies-- a developer of semiconductor products-- will close the deal sometime this month.


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