Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Staff, volunteer nurses and EMT’s are giving Meningitis vaccines to University of Oregon students at a staggering pace. Public Health officials say ten percent of the student population has received the shot so far. Meanwhile, Lane County Public Health continues to investigate the Meningitis outbreak.

Public Health officials have yet to confirm which of the sickened students is the “sentinel case,” – the one who contracted the disease first. They continue to evaluate several people but say there are currently no suspected cases.

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In the wake of a Meningitis outbreak at the University of Oregon, health officials are stepping up a vaccination program. Due to demand, a temporary clinic opened Monday in Mathew Knight arena to vaccinate students who want to be immunized as soon as possible. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was there.

Since Monday morning, more than 700 students have received the vaccination for Meningococcal Group B, the disease that has sickened three students and caused the death of freshman athlete Lauren Jones.

Mike Eyster is Executive Director of the University Health Center.

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The State Medical Examiner's Office has now confirmed the death of an 18-year old U of O student athlete was caused by a highly contagious Meningitis infection.

Half way through a press conference Friday afternoon, Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Pat Luedtke was handed a note. Then he announced:

Dr. Luedtke: "We heard from the medical examiner's office that due to a preponderance of evidence, he will be signing the death certificate that in fact this fourth case is Neisseria meningitides sero group B related to the outbreak. So that would confirm four cases."

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Following the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber today (Friday) KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert went in search of citizen opinion. She visited several businesses in downtown Eugene.

About 500 students, alumni and faculty rallied on the capitol steps in Salem today (Thursday). They're calling for higher education funding.

Representatives from Oregon's 17 community colleges and seven public universities want legislators to hear their plea for greater investments in tuition funding.

Lane community college student leader Tyler Dorris spoke with KLCC's Tiffany Eckert from the rally in Salem.

Erin's Law

Every 90 seconds a child is sexually assaulted in America.  That’s according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.  90% know the perpetrator in some way. Childhood sexual abuse is an insidious crime, shrouded in secrecy. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, adult survivors are asking Oregon lawmakers to break the silence with Erin's Law, an education bill bent toward prevention. 

When Carolee Horning was 13 she was an altar girl at a Catholic church in Reedsport. She remembers when the new priest, Father Edward Altstock, arrived.

Shanice Stringer

In the 25 years that Springfield Habitat for Humanity has helped build affordable homes for low-income families, only three have paid off their mortgages. The Ramirez family is one of them, and they did it early. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert joined them to celebrate the achievement.

In a ceremonial act, Alfonso and Edith Ramirez lit a copy of their 20 year mortgage on fire (click) and let it burn.

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Every month, they’ve sent in the payments on their zero-interest Habitat for Humanity loan. Now, three years early, they are owners free and clear.

Angela Kellner

Six months ago, a devastating fire completely destroyed a plywood mill in Springfield. Today (Thursday), Swanson Group announced their plans to rebuild.

Once the smoke cleared, investigators ruled a lot of things out but could find no definitive cause for the fire. In October, the insurance company wrote out a settlement check. Swanson Group President and CEO Steve Swanson says that’s when they began the process of deciding the best way to use the insurance money.   

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy presented community and employee awards, watched the swearing-in of city councilors and gave her State of the City Address at the Hult Center last night (Wednesday.)

“Today begins my 11th year as mayor.”

Mayor Piercy has announced she will not seek another term as Eugene’s mayor.

“And I am grateful for the privilege to serve in 2015.”

Piercy then prepared the crowd for her “Saint Nicklaus-like” work style.

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In a lead up to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Oregon Ducks gave members of the media some time. A few key players gave interviews then all mics pointed toward Heisman winner, Quarterback Marcus Mariota. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was there and filed this report.

Mariota says as a boy growing up in Hawaii, he dreamed of winning a national championship game. Now he has the chance.

Mariota: "You know I'd trade the Heisman to win this. --no disrespect but it means a lot more because it's a team effort."

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